French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance has used discarded burnt cork to create this furniture collection featuring sinuous forms and a gradient of textures.
He has collaborated with multi-disciplinary studio made in situ to present the ‘burnt cork‘ furniture collection, taking shape as an ode to the resilience of material, people, and process, the series showcases a variety of sculptural pieces
Cork comes from the cork oak tree, or quercus suber, and is one of Portugal’s biggest exports. During forest fires, the top layer of bark chars and protects the tree beneath, and cork producers need to peel this layer off to promote new growth.
Duchaufour-Lawrance saw the opportunity to finally make a creation that was born from fire, and over the next two years, he experimented with ways to incorporate the burnt cork into NF Cork’s traditional block-making technique.