The METAMORPHOSIS project brings together ten professionals from the fields of world design and architecture.
Three of those invited are even winners of the Pritzker Prize: Álvaro Siza (Portugal), Eduardo Souto de Moura (Portugal) and Herzog & de Meuron (Switzerland). Also challenged to present different approaches to the application of cork, in addition to these, were the renowned architects Alejandro Aravena (Chile), Amanda Levete (England), João Luís Carrilho da Graça (Portugal) and Manuel Aires Mateus (Portugal), as well as three notable product designers: James Irvine (England), Jasper Morrison (England) and Naoto Fukasawa (Japan).
The result of this work was a collection consisting of ten interpretations, giving rise to twelve distinct works. They ranged from items for decoration and domestic use, to a work in the footwear industry area, a collection of handles for doors, culminating in the design of blocks for the construction industry made of cork mixed with concrete. The range of the works is evidence of the versatility of this raw material.
Besides those mentioned above, also on show were unique pieces made of cork, which arouse public interest precisely for their unpredictable nature, for example a "zen retreat" to contemplate nature or even the representation of the Hamburg Philharmonic carved in great detail. Thus, in the perspective of Amorim Cork Composites, the METAMORPHOSIS project guaranteed the application of part of the range of products (such as the composites agglomerates of different densities, the cork panels and blocks), giving them a new physical form and hence a new application.
The products provided by Amorim Cork Composites are granulated and agglomerated cork, with different geometric shapes.