Durable, lightweight, impermeable, buoyant, fire resistant and even recyclable, cork is a versatile material that lends itself particularly well to occasional seating. By definition, cork is a prime-subset of bark tissue harvested from Quercus suber trees. Even after the bark is removed, the trees continue to live and grow, making cork one of nature's fastest growing renewable resources.
A playful reference to the classic wine bottle, the seat of the Bouchon stool by Folco Orlandini and Andrea Radice for Domitalia is made from regenerated cork.
Mt. Maunganui-based furniture designer Timothy John created a cork and wire stool called Sidekick for New Zealand-based brand Thanks. Available in black or white, Sidekick is inspired by the silhouette of a glass science beaker, with its conical-shaped wire frame and cork seat.
Inspired by and named after Sputnik, the first satellite to be launched into space in 1957, the Sputnik stool and table by Estudio Sputnik have a lacquered steel bases and tops made from cork.