Designer Cédric Etienne breathes new life into leftover cork from the bottling industry by pressing the material into a fantastic collection of furniture. Not only is cork 100% natural, it's the perfect material to soften any environment thanks to its thermal and acoustic properties. Corkinho pressed this sustainable material into modular bricks that can be used to create everything from candleholders and chairs to entire buildings.
Etienne is formally an interior designer from Antwerp with a passion for sustainable products. His mission is to “requalify” cork as a material of craft and quality. To achieve this, Etienne constructs the Corkinho products with a finish that gives onlookers a double take. The collection’s beauty disproves our ingrained thoughts of cork as a disposable or cheap material.
The tables, chairs, storage units and accessories in the Corkinho collection get their pristine aesthetic as a result of being fashioned from pressed “bricks” of cork granules. The design intent of the forms is to astound viewers with the contrast between the solid block and the lightweight and soft surface of cork. Additionally, cork has a warmness from its thermal properties that make the Corkinho think slats and panels feel especially inviting.