Cork hand basin that surprised the world
Hand basins, soap dishes, cups and carpets. Everything in cork. Alzira Peixoto and Carlos Mendonça created the Cork colection in 2004, with two types of cork: pure cork agglomerate and a mixture of cork and rubber with a finish that gives the necessary protection and resistance for such a specific use. They are bathroom objects made from a national material. The products were presented in Belgium in 2004 and began to be marketed two years later. They won the Red Dot Design Award in 2008, which is one of the most important awards of the design field. The cork hand basin continues to cause amazement in various parts of the world and is marketed in Europe, Japan, India, and USA.
Alzira Peixoto and Carlos Mendonça became known as the “designers of cork” and give life to the Simple Forms Design brand, of Porto. Cork remains part of the creations of this pair of designers who use Portuguese raw materials and appreciate innovation, functionality and quality. The Porcelain line of table items combines different materials such as cork and porcelain. “We want cork to be distinguished for its aesthetic and technical components. We don’t want to make more of the same. We want to do things differently, because only the different will endure beyond what is fashion,” said the designers to APCOR News. “Today cork is talked about a lot in Portugal, but in 2004 we were already presenting items and we had already realized how great it is to work with this material,” adds Carlos Mendonça.