Marble and concrete are certainly enjoying their heyday but there's a new kid on the block. Harrison & Co is proud to introduce Cork. Natural, sustainable and beautiful this soft and textured material is going to feature prominently in the next wave of design projects.
Not just the stopper in a wine bottle, cork has many applications in areas as diverse as construction, fashion, design, health, energy production and the aerospace industry. Here at Harrison & Co, we are excited to stock a new range of ceramic and cork homewares.
Thoughtfully crafted and designed, the ceramic and cork can be separated for easy cleaning - dishwasher for the ceramic, a wipe down for the cork.
What is cork?
Cork is the bark of the cork oak (Quercus Suber L.), which means that it is 100% natural plant tissue. It consists of a honeycomb of microscopic cells filled with a air-like gas and coated mainly with suberin and lignin.
Harvested every nine years, without any tree being felled during the process, cork gives rise to an endless array of products, from the traditional to the most innovative and unexpected.
It takes each cork oak 25 years before it can be stripped for the first time. Harvesting occurs every nine years, without the need for the tree to be felled during the process. The cork oak is the only tree whose bark regenerates, acquiring a smoother texture following each harvest.
The cork is harvested by specialised professionals, always between May and August, when the tree is at its most active phase of growth and it is easier to strip without damaging the trunk.
The montados (cork oak forests) are an important environmental, social and economic pillar in Mediterranean countries. They support a unique and fragile ecology which constitutes a habitat for rare and endangered species. They are the foundation of one of the 35 most important ecosystems in the world for preserving biodiversity - on par with Amazonia, the African Savanna and Borneo. Over 200 animal species and 135 plant species find ideal conditions for survival in the cork oak forest.
It is estimated that every year cork oak forests retain up to 14 million tonnes of CO2, a sizeable contribution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of climate change.
Will you be adding some cork to your home?