Carlos Ortega’s Corkigami chair

The Corkigami chair by Spanish designer Carlos Ortega uses cork in its ingenious design.

Product designer Carlos Ortega found inspiration in natural materials and origami structures for the creation of his Corkigami chair. Its name is a result of its manufacturing process, one that turns 2D materials into 3D objects. Corkigami not only supports body weight, but is likely to mould as per its user over time. This unusual product’s form comprises of laminated cork shell, made from four layers of four-millimetre thick cork that’s held together with water-based PVA glue. For the cork to arrive at a desired shape, it is cut from a flat sheet, folded and glued in place around a curved skeleton. The shell rests on a solid oak stool, resulting in its beautiful design. To protect the materials, a water-based varnish suitable for hardwearing surfaces is applied, making it flexible and durable. The end result is a lightweight and comfortable seat made entirely of natural, sustainable materials that can be easily recycled. Carlos’ firm Carlos Ortega Design focuses on designing products that perform well and are unique. His other innovations include Softjaws, Tea Table, and Fold.

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