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Reusable and completely biodegradable, cork is one of the most versatile and sustainable materials in the world-environmentally, socially and economically

MATERIA, a collection of objects that work well and feel good

Reusable and completely biodegradable, cork  is one of the most versatile and sustainable materials in the world -environmentally, socially and economically. Impermeable to liquids and gases, elastic, compressible, highly resistant yet light and buoyant, cork's potential as a leading material for the 21st CENTURY is only now being realized, with cutting edge R&D pushing the boundaries of invention.

Spearheading this drive for innovation is the Portuguese company Amorim, world leader in the cork industry. In addition to high-performance applications for the aeronautical, construction and wine-producing industries Amorim is now looking to put cork center stage into the everyday. Fusing the material's unique sensory qualities and personality with a designer's flair, MATERIA is a collection of objects that work well and feel good in contemporary homes and lifestyles. Curated by experimentadesign, it was designed by 12 leading designers.

Cork is nature's own high-tech achievement. Down to the cell structure, its unique composition and characteristics cannot be replicated by anything man-made. Extracted from the bark of the cork oak -a native specimen of the Western Mediterranean basin- cork is a state-of-the-art raw material, requiring minimum transformation or processing before use. MATERIA will reveal cork’s potential for comfort, functionality and sensory delight.

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Cork is nature's own high-tech achievement. Down to the cell structure, its unique composition and characteristics cannot be replicated by anything man-made. Extracted from the bark of the cork oak -a native specimen of the Western Mediterranean basin- cork is a state-of-the-art raw material, requiring minimum transformation or processing before use. MATERIA will reveal cork’s potential for comfort, functionality and sensory delight.

Amorim

While tracing its roots to the 19th Century, CORTICEIRA AMORIM has become the world's largest cork and cork derived company in the world, generating over Euro 450 Million in sales throughout more than 100 countries.

CORTICEIRA AMORIM SGPS and its subsidiaries are an integral part of a conservationist effort to guarantee the survival of hundreds of thousands of cork trees throughout the Mediterranean Basin.

Amorim Cork Composites - a CORTICEIRA AMORIM Business Unit that concentrates its activities on the production of cork granules, agglomerates and cork rubber - plays a vital role in the preservation of these important forests. Its portfolio contemplates products and solutions for some of the most demanding and high-tech industries, such as aerospace, aeronautics, the composites and the automotive industry.

Experimentadesign

As a cultural non-profit association experimentadesign is a content generating platform geared towards the promotion of design and its role as an operative tool for positive change and mediation in contemporary society.

Known for its flagship project - the EXD Biennale – experimentadesign celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2009. The Biennale has built an important network of national and international renowned creative practitioners and an indisputable know-how in strategic design.

At the invitation of Amorim, experimentadesign has devised MATERIA, aimed at raising the profile of cork and looking ahead to new and bolder products and uses based on the material’s transversal added value and extremely versatile, user-friendly and sustainable nature. Under the stewardship of experimentadesign, responsible for the formulation of original concepts and overall curatorial direction, these projects involve both established and emerging designers and creative talents.

This partnership between one of the foremost Portuguese business groups and a key player in the sphere of creative industries is a landmark in strengthening the dialogue between companies and creative practitioners, with a view to incorporating creative and design added value into the industrial fabric, revitalizing it with the introduction of new methodologies and technologies.

 

 

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