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Introducing Gloria July 17, 2015 13:18

 


Cork Lunch Box July 01, 2015 10:47

Corticeira Amorim once again was present at the Milan Design Week, widely recognized as the greatest trend-setting international design stage. By the hand of an increasingly wider community of established and emerging designers, innovative cork projects exploring the natural, technical and aesthetic characteristics of this raw material was showcased in April 2015.

The Lunch Box is a project of the TRANSIT design for the city that, taking advantage of the international phenomenon of "takeaway" lunches, presents new models of cork lunch boxes. This project, curated by T12 Lab, was created by design students at NABA (Nueva Academia Belle Arti di Milano). The project explores a concept broader than the mere production of a Lunch Box, raising awareness of the need to reduce the amount of household waste, one of the greatest challenges facing contemporary Western societies.

According to curator Dominique Kuroyanagi, the use of cork in the Lunch Box was inspired by the concept that gave rise to the project, and the need to use "a natural material with exceptional insulation properties and 100% recyclable." In her turn, tutor Lucia Cavalieri points out that "once you get in contact with cork, you can easily realize the quality that this natural material has to offer."

 


The Resilience of Cork June 23, 2015 10:44


Who's excited about World Giraffe Day? June 18, 2015 11:33

June 21st 2015 has been designated the day on which the wildlife aficionados of this planet celebrate the giraffe, one of Africa’s most beautiful denizens and iconic symbols. This acknowledgment is, in my estimation, long overdue. The giraffe is unheralded and generally taken for granted, but as Mr. Smith so elegantly observes in the above quote …see more.

Enjoy these frolicking giraffes.  Coming soon is our giraffe inspired handbags.  http://www.shopcorkdesign.com/collections/jungle

 


Candice Olson - Benefits of Real Cork June 16, 2015 11:13


Todd Bracher, New York Designer June 11, 2015 12:55


Fashion Responsibilities June 08, 2015 12:30

Fashion has become more than just a popular or repeated trend of the style in which a person dresses. As one of the biggest contributors to the worlld economy, the Fashion Industry has big responsibilities in protecting the environment. Fashion has become a vehicle for ecological awarness. This ideology like all ideologies, conscious and unconscious, ais originated by goals, motivations and expectations.

Driven by the goal to minimize the impact of plastic pollution in our oceans, companies such as G-Star in collaboration with BIONIC Yarn created an eco-friendly collection manufactured exclusively out of premium yarns and fabrics made with fibers derived from recycled plastic bottles.

Besides the Fashion Industry, we too have a big responsibility in protecting our oceans…

"We vacation by the oceans, we bathe by the oceans, we eat from the oceans, but very few of us think of the oceans beyond what we need from it. The oceans need us now…"

Pharrell Williams

 


Iberian Lynx June 02, 2015 13:18

The Iberian lynx is the world's most endangered feline species. There are real fears that it may soon become the first cat species to become extinct for at least 2,000 years.
           

The big cat running out of space

Having decreased steadily in population numbers over the last 200 years there are now only two confirmed small and isolated breeding populations, both in southern Spain.

Physical Description
The Iberian lynx is heavily spotted and weighs about half as much as the Eurasian species, with long legs and a very short tail with a black tip. Its coat is tawny with dark spots and it bears a characteristic "beard" around its face and prominent black ear tufts.

Size
Weight: 10-13kg
Height: 88-100cm

Breeding
Female lynxes generally give birth between March and April. The average litter size is 3, with rarely more than 2 young surviving weaning. Kittens leave the den between 8 and 23 months. Very high rates of mortality during dispersal have been detected.

Diet
The Iberian lynx mostly depends on wild rabbits to feed, but it will also eat ducks, young deer and partridges if rabbit densities are low. While an adult lynx needs about one rabbit a day, a mother raising her young needs to catch about 3.
     

HABITAT & ECOLOGY

Biogeographic realm
Palearctic

Range States
Portugal, Spain

Geographical Location
Southern Europe

Ecological Region
Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands and Scrub
From left to right: Previous (undated) and current distribution of the Iberian lynx. rel=
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Population & Distribution
In the early 19th century the Iberian lynx was found in Spain, Portugal and Southern France. It has steadily declined since then, falling to the dangerously low levels today.

At the beginning of last decade there were only two isolated breeding populations of Iberian lynx remaining in the world, located in southern Spain, and totaling about 100 adult animals, with only 25 breeding females.

IUCN's assessment in 2007 stated that the numbers were not sufficient for the survival of the species in the long term , putting this wild cat on the brink of extinction.

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Spanish national and regional administrations, different NGOs (like WWF) and the European Union (via the Life projects), the total population is currently increasing. The 2009 census shows around 230 individuals, including 7 adults that have been introduced in the area of Guadalmellato (Córdoba, Spain), which should open up a third Lynx territory.

To this figures we have to add the 81 animals that are part of the Captive Breeding Programme. But altough there are signs of recovery, the species future is still fragile.

What are the main threats?

The Iberian lynx has been brought to the brink of extinction because of a combination of threats:

Decreasing food base
Rabbits form the main prey of the Iberian lynx. Epidemics, such as myxamatosis, have affected rabbit populations over the years, which has in turn affected the Iberian lynx population.

Habitat loss and degradation
Infrastructures like roads, dams, railways and other human activities contribute to the loss and fragmentation of the Iberian lynx distribution area, creating barriers between the different populations. The expanding road network has also led to more fatalities on the roads. It is thought that between 1960 and 1990, the Iberian lynx suffered an 80% loss in its range.

Hunting
Ironically, the species has been regarded both as an attractive hunting trophy and as a vermin. Hunters prized its valuable fur and its meat, and although some landowners appreciate its tendency to keep fox and rabbit numbers down, most perceive it as a threat to their game populations. The Iberian lynx was legally protected against hunting from the early 1970s, but they are still the victims of guns, traps and snares, particularly those set for other animals.

Car hits
The construction of high speed roads and highways, splitting up the Lynx habitat, is another of the main threats for this wild cat. In the past decade more than 10 animals have died under the wheels of a car. A very high number if we realize we’re talking almost 5% of the total population.

The Dress: 100 Iconic Moments in Fashion May 27, 2015 13:16

A collection of the greatest moments in fashion history, beautifully illustrated by Megan Hess.



Fashion is an ever-changing, ever-inspiring beast; but there are certain dresses that capture a moment in history, the spirit of a generation and the indefinable energy of a fashion icon. "The Dress: 100 Iconic Moments in Fashion" is a collection of Megan Hess's illustrations of the most iconic dresses throughout fashion history that will continue to resonate with audiences and viewers in decades to come.

From the elegant, such as Audrey Hepburn's simple black shift or Princess Di's never-ending wedding dress, the quirky, such as Björk's Swan Dress or the Liz Hurley safety-pin dress, to the simply unforgettable—such as Marilyn's famous moment in white in "The Seven Year Itch". Interspersed with historical anecdotes, famous quotes, and scene-setting landscape illustrations which enlighten the reader of the social themes surrounding the fashion moment in question, this book is an elegant and immersive introduction to the moments that shaped fashion—and how fashion, in turn, shaped our lives.

Megan Hess is an international fashion illustrator who works with some of the most prestigious fashion designers and luxury brands around the world, such as Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Montblanc, and Tiffany and Co. She is the official illustrator for Bloomingdale's and completed the cover artwork for all of "Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell's books and recently a private commission for Michelle Obama.


MERCEDES MADE A PORTUGUESE CORK SURFBOARD May 18, 2015 12:44

The Mercedes-Benz design studio have just delivered their latest surfboard made entirely of Portuguese cork to Hawaiian big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara. Conceived as a collaboration with Corticeira Amorim Cork Composites, the new board will be used to ride the biggest waves in the world in Nazaré, Portugal. The ‘MBoard’ project, which was initiated by Mercedes-Benz in 2013, resulted in the production of the Silver Arrow of the Seas, designed by BBDO Portugal. fast-forward a year and Mercedes-Benz has taken this challenge further by developing a surfboard entirely made of a local material, traditionally used to manufacture bottle stoppers.

According to Garrett McNamara, "since Portugal is the world’s largest cork producer, it makes perfect sense to use this material to make high-performance surfboards for surfing in Nazaré. When we surf big waves, we need a flexible board, although resistant enough not to break." McNamara currently holds the record for the biggest wave ever surfed, and used boards designed by Mercedes-Benz during the big storm in 2013 to ride massive waves in Nazaré at 62.4 km/h

       

    


The Kelly Bag May 12, 2015 15:48

It’s probably the most famous bag in the world, and one of just a few called by its first name.  The “Kelly” bag is named after the actress Grace Kelly, who used one of her two favorite Hermès bags to shield her pregnant stomach from the prying eyes of the paparazzi in 1956. Photographs of her covering her baby bump with her hallowed Hermès bag were seen all over the world and even made it onto the cover of Life magazine! The Kelly bag and its namesake, Grace Kelly, became icons of fashion at that time, and both remain the classic image of elegance to this day.

                 

 The "Kelly" bag was the inspiration for our cork bag we named "Princess Grace".

Available finishes are Okapi, Snake and Bengal.      Shop Here


History of Mother's Day May 01, 2015 11:18

Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts. 


Nike Air Max 90 Cork Hits Shelves May 1st April 30, 2015 13:40

Fans of Nike’s classic Air Max 90 silhouette will soon have a new gem to add to their collection. To celebrate the shoe’s 25th anniversary, the sneaker giant is set to release the Air Max 90 Cork on April 24.

The name of the sneaker is exactly what you’re going to get — a shoe with the entire upper made of a cork material that has been used by the company before on the much-celebrated and sought-after release from 2013, the LeBron X EXT Cork (which is still on the market via Flight Club and private sellers on eBay in the $900 range).

In addition to the cork upper, the new shoe features black highlights on the outsole, swoosh, laces and lining; one of Nike’s most profound colors, infrared, providing accents along the heel and throughout the body of the shoe; and a predominantly white outsole.

The Air Max 90 Cork will be available at select Nike retailers and will retail for $135.


What is Cork March 13, 2015 14:00

Cork : The Bark of the Cork Oak Tree. Unlike most trees,the cork oak is evergreen and can regenerate it’s bark making cork a renewable and sustainable resource.

History : Cork harvesting has been a way of life in Mediterranean Europe for at least 1000 years. The ancient cork forests stretch along the southern Mediterranean coast from Italy to Portugal with individual cork trees living up to 600 years. Cork harvesting is one of the planet’s best examples of a sustainable agro-forestry system where people conserve their natural resources, without disturbing or destroying the environment.

The bark of the cork tree is harvested from the tree without injury. A mature cork tree can have its cork bark harvested about every nine years, regenerating itself with no harm to the tree. The majority of these trees are found in Italy, Portugal and Spain. For hundreds of years the primary use of cork bark has been in wine and bottle stoppers because cork is elastic and can be squeezed into bottles then expand itself to prevent leakage.

 How come cork can be used in bags and accessories ?

Cork is a water resistant and natural material.  Anything that is water repellent is mildew resistant as well as hypo-allergenic. Cork is a natural substance and is fade resistant to sunlight. Because the tree is only harvested for bark about every nice years or so,cork is vegan and the tree suffers no long term damage from the harvest. Cork is a natural mosquito and bug repellent, it is sustainable,a truly eco-friendly material,and the cork fabric, that is a really Green and also animal-friendly material for the making of bags and purses. Bags made of cork fabric have natural fire resistance, durability, and they are lightweight due to the cork fabric consists of bubble form structure itself.