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Cork expands borders

Metamorphosis” opened horizons, stimulated and inspired the creative community to explore a centuries-old material that is environmentally friendly and totally sustainable. The “Metamorphosis” exhibition was organised by ExperimentaDesign, in partnership with Corticeira Amorim, and was on display at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon. The unique talents had total creative freedom to present cork designs. Siza Vieira, Portuguese architect and Pritzker Prize winner in 1992, designed two stools of different sizes that fit into each other and show the comfort and cushioning capacity of cork. Souto Moura, Portuguese architect and Pritzker Prize winner in 2011, designed a set of handles for doors and handrails, valuing the sensory characteristics of the material. Amanda Levete, an architect of British origin, designed Cork Kit, i.e. two modular objects that take on multiple roles when joined together. The Swiss architectural studio of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, a duo who won the Pritzker Prize in 2001, presented a model of the auditorium of the Hamburg Philharmonic which allows the visual, sound, tactile and olfactory features of cork to stand out.

Jasper Morrison, a British product designer, presented two projects. Cork Tiles, or small cork modules that can create patterns when laid as wall or floor coverings. And Cork Shoe, a pair of shoes made of cork where comfort and the natural aesthetics of the material meet contemporary requirements. The Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, the British-born product designer James Irvine, the Portuguese architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça, the Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus, the Japanese product designer Naoto Fukasawa also participated in “Metamorphosis”.

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