This series of experiments arose from the curiosity to explore different ways of manipulating the aesthetics of cork as material for the design of objects and furniture.
The compression molding technique allowed me to mix cork with different grain sizes, colors and even other materials. Mixing it with flowers added different textures and color without compromising it's ability to biodegrade.
By making small samples in the studio I was able to lay the ground work that allowed me to move on to large scale prototypes. Through this project I was able to work with Conrad Milster, the chief engineer of the steam engine rooms of Pratt Institute. It was the only place in the university where I could use the industrial press I needed to complete the project.
After a lot of trial and error I completed the project with five large scale prototypes and plan to continue perfecting this technique and expanding its possibilities
This project was featured on the blog Inmatteria