The cork used for the production of Corker in Portugal comes from local, sustainable forestry and is derived from a recycled agglomerate of waste insulation cork. It is durable, and one hundred percent recyclable.
Carved from two blocks of cork
The Corker is carved from two blocks of cork. The material starts as a recycled agglomerate of waste insulation cork. These granules are placed inside an autoclave; with heat and pressure, the cork granules expand and release cork’s natural resins, which act as a binder. This heat-based process produces its rich, dark colour and smoky scent. The two parts are then machined on a 5-axis CNC and jointed together.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei
Every year since 2000, a different architect has been responsible for creating the Serpentine Gallery’s Summer Pavilion for Kensington Gardens. That makes eleven Pavilions so far, our contribution is the twelfth. So many Pavilions in so many different shapes and out of so many different materials have been conceived and built that we tried instinctively to sidestep the unavoidable problem of creating an object, a concrete shape.