by , 01/09/06


Although we’ve seen plenty of furniture and housewares made out of recycled cork, we were pleasantly surprised to come across Studio 1am’s recycled cork jewelry. Who knew that cork could make such a good material for personal accessories? It makes sense – cork is flexible, soft and very tactile.

The cork in the Cork Cuff comes from the wine bottling industry. Discarded corks are ground up and formed into blocks using environmentally-friendly adhesives. Designer Donna Piacenza then cuts each cuff from a single block of cork, which can then be used to store the jewelry, or simply as a display piece, with a beautiful ‘C’ shape hollowed out where the cuff fits.

The idea for including the block of cork as part of the whole piece stems from Piacenza’s regard for jewelry as a continuously interactive object. So often we leave our accessories entangled in boxes or hidden in the back of our closets. Displaying the Cork Cuff in its own block not only distinguishes it from other accessories, but also makes it a conversation piece even when you’re not wearing it.

We rarely see cork in products that venture beyond the realm of basic utility, such as bottle stoppers, bulletin boards and flooring. Studio 1am’s innovative uses for cork demonstrate that this renewable, recyclable, and flexible material has potential as a functional artistic medium.


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  1. Inhabitat » ̵... April 23, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    […] ephemeral. Donna Piacenza of Studio 1a.m. (the creative genius behind eco-friendly jewelry like the Cork Cuff and Industrial Bloom) has just produced a new table concept that does just this, flirting with the […]

  2. Jesse June 15, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    I love these inovative ideas coming from all over the world. I’m sure we all get huge ideas that really aren’t possible like everyone should drive electric cars, etc… But It’s the little things like this rad cork bracelet which will give us constant reminders to recycle, reuse and definetly reduce.
    It’s perfect. Nice work

  3. Inhabitat » Blog ... June 12, 2006 at 8:06 pm

    […] When we first saw the Cork Cuff from Studio 1am we thought it was the perfect combination of elegant reuse, unique design, and clever packaging. Made from recycled cork from the wine bottle industry, it comes tucked into the cork block it was cut from, which makes a puzzle-like “jewelry box” for when you’re not wearing it around. […]

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