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July 27, 2005

Fun with cork — The exquisite furniture of Daniel Michalik

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When I first looked at his work I thought it was a variation on Frank Gehry's corrugated cardboard creations but boy was I wrong.

Michalik takes waste cork from the bottle stopper industry and forms it into beautiful, flexible and comfortable furniture.

Since cork is 100% waterproof and impervious to rot and mold his furniture can move from indoors to out and back without any special care or precautions.

On his website Michalik writes, "One client has hers sitting outside, and last I looked, they look the same as when I delivered them one year ago! Amazing."

He notes that his pieces might well be usable in the pool as floats, though he has not yet experimented with them as such.

The 72"–long chaise longue pictured above "allows the user to rock gently from side to side with a great degree of stability. The result is a sensation of floating, weightless yet totally supported."

[via AW who, as major domo of the extraordinary beachfront resort Aspasia Phuket on Kata Beach in Thailand, has a vested interest in furniture that's impervious to "jungle rot."]

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Hello there. I am a student of contemporary furniture in london. I am interested in making a stool from cork and was wondering how much cork cost and who i could buy it from. Thank you for your time, any feed back would be gratefully appreciated.

Posted by: Allen Watts | Feb 27, 2006 10:27:27 AM

Paul Allen's Experience Music Project, Frank Gehry? The EMP is the second most unattractive building in Seattle, the Space Needle being the first.

Posted by: Annie | Jul 27, 2005 2:26:14 PM

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