The unique, durable nature of cork has long captivated the design world, but few as enduringly as the acclaimed product and furniture designer Jasper Morrison, who has dabbled in making pieces out of cork since 2004.
His first creations, a trio of stools for the first Vitra Home collection named Cork Family, highlighted the pleasing tactility and lightweight nature of cork. Over the years, Morrison has continued to add to the series, which now complete, is in focus at Kasmin gallery in New York. Entitled ‘Corks’, the exhibition also marks Morrison’s first solo gallery showing on US soil.
‘The material I’ve used for the pieces in this exhibition are made from the same material I used back then, so it’s really formed cork block material, made from material left over from the wine bottle stopper production process,’ says Morrison. ‘You can see pieces of wine cork when it’s machined. It’s a great material for both its visual and tactile qualities, but above all, I love what it does for the atmosphere of interiors.’