CORCRETE© is a material development by DESIGN STUDIO NIRUK based on the combination of two contradicting materials—concrete and recycled cork. It's visually and texturally unusual surface is a mixture of natural warmth and modern coolness—cold meets warm, hard becomes soft. The material is light and vibrant—objects and surfaces made out of CORCRETE© have an individual, intimate look and feeling. The material is available for different architectural and design applications in three colours - grey-cork, black-cork, white-cork.
The design duo Nina Ruthe-Klein and David Antonin designed tiles and furniture from CORCRETE, and the material was presented at fairs in Stockholm, Cologne, Leipzig and Kortrijk in 2016.
Nina Ruthe-Klein, David Antonin
The visual structured surface of this new material development is a textural surprise. After cutting or grinding the material, the rubbery and flexible cork granulate protrudes a little bit out of the concrete. You can feel this structured surface, and the cork turns the cold concrete into a warm and soft material.
CORCRETE© is much lighter and absorbs more sound than concrete. By treating the surface in different techniques like grinding, cutting and polishing, it appears in different structures for different design and architectural applications. The additional use of bamboo fibers as reinforcement keeps this new material as ecological as possible.
CORCRETE© is a combination of a warm, soft and organic material with a cold, strong and clean material. It is an alternative for artificial materials in architecture and design. It can give our enviroments a modern but still natural look and feel with a lot of benefits, using only natural components.
CORCRETE© AWARDS: Winner Green Product Traders Award / Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016, Winner Green Product Award - Research / Designers Open 2016 / Leipzig, Winner Interieur Awards / Biennale Interieur Kortrijk 2016 / BE
CORCRETE© EXHIBITIONS: Imm Cologne 2016, GER // Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016, SE // Designers Open 2016 / Leipzig, GER // Interieur Awards / Biennale Interieur Kortrijk 2016 / BE // Future Archive - BaronessO. / Biennale Interieur Kortrijk 2016 / BE // Haute Innovation - Sascha Peters / Orgatec 2016 / Cologne, GER // Haute Innovation - Sascha Peters / Subcontractor 2016 / Jönköping, SE
CORCRETE© INTERIOR PROJECTS:
MIKE&BECKY: Furniture concept at Bean to Bar Chocolaterie, Brussels, BE
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