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corkigami

Craving of the week (it’s my birthday today). Love how simple and comfy this chair looks.

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As we started to imagine a seat made entirely out of cork, everyone said it was impossible: then we realized we had a challenge to work on. Cork is sustainable, natural, lightweight, quite strong, flexible, warm.. All these attributes make cork a unique material. Corkigami aims to take these properties to the limit, and also refers to the process of making 3D objects from 2D materials. We choose cork as sheet material to make this shell construction simply using this technique.

Strength relies on both flexibility of the shell structure and a special process of lamination using quality cork. This is how we gain the strength for the seat. After lamination, we cut the shape out of the flat material to be able to bend it. Then, we glue it again on a simple curved former.

The shell rests on a solid oak stool, resulting a very attractive design. To protect…

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The Real Food Store. A community success.

These are the kinds of shops that should never stop existing!

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(Matt Austin is a photographer based in the South West of England, For more photos visit his page at http://mattaustinimages.wordpress.com.) 

Real Food Store is a community owned shop and cafe located in the centre of Exeter’s busy town.

Walking through the door into it’s unassuming space full of fresh food and organic produce offered a quiet break from the pace and energy of the main high street. Unfortunately by the time i got there they where fresh out of bread, with only a few rolls left. However we picked some local smoked cheddar, brought the last of the rolls and with a few vintage ciders thrown in felt very happy with our impromptu dinner. With the food in a brown paper bag and our cider stuff into my rucksack we headed for the riverside to enjoy our finds in the warmth of the afternoon sun.

The concept for the store…

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