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Cork-a designer delight

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In my line of work, I am constantly looking for innovative and original designs and objects for interior, homeware, furniture and lifestyle. Sometimes, its the process which captures my attention and other times, its the material. Either way, the world of design is going through some very exciting times and designers and craft makers are not shying away from exploring unconventional material in challenging ways.

On a recent trip to Portugal, I got the opportunity to visit a cork factory, all thanks to my new found love for products made from cork.

“Its takes more then 30 years for Cork to grow and we take just a day to convert it into a wine stopper”, said our guide. We sat in rapt attention, absorbing this piece of information.That little piece of cork stopper made redundant once the wine bottle is open, suddenly grew in stature.

 Cortiça chaise longue by Daniel Michalik

It all began whilst setting up Imbyou. I met Jenny, the brilliant designer of  Mind the Cork . She has a sensitive and a considered approach towards her designs using cork. Her beautiful products are a delight in themselves. This is when I started to consciously observe, that across the world, designers and craft makers are embracing cork in interiors, lifestyle accessories, furniture and even fashion!

EWA Cork pot by Mind The Cork
I must confess, before that,my interest in cork was borderline zero, if anything (I know, how could I!!). In daily life, I had reduced it to wine bottle stoppers and an occasional mat or coaster.1 Par Salt and Pepper Shaker by Corkway
Cork  bowls by Bambu

My whole perception changed of this otherwise not so known material in the lifestyle and interior realm of reality.

Roll lamp by Sebastien Cordoleani
Cork Lamp by Two Designers
Corkigami chair by Carlos Ortega

Hope you enjoy this pictorial presentation of some of the objects I found truly inspiring from around the world.

Till the next blog, have a good time.


In the begining

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Perhaps my mindset belongs to the generation bygone, which believed in preserving their priced possession bought through hard earned money and passing it down to the next generation. Or perhaps just that I believe in surrounding myself with timeless design goodness which does not conform to any particular era. Whichever way, I am always hunting for objects and Designers who have the ability to transform any material into such fluid and elegant objects, that it brings a sigh of pleasure from its onlookers.
I believe that design should be for generations to come and can look right in any space, time or years to come, while performing its function well.

London Map-closeup Closeup of Map quilt- Ekta Kaul London (www.ektakaul.com)

I began studying designers who are doing some truly path breaking work, pretty much by pushing themselves and the material, techniques and skills they employ in their creations. Whether it was using some traditional craft engaged to create an object so exceptional that you are entranced or whether a totally modern material, either way the aesthetics or design language is timeless, original and true to the material. At times designers have unapologetically used flaws of making techniques into a feature which remains true to the concept.
Imbyou is a culmination of that idea. My journey has only just begun, and already I have interacted with some most amazing and talented Designers/Makers across the world. Not just Designers, I have met and still meeting some truly inspiring people who are becoming a part of this exciting project in crucial ways.


wallscape lifestyle imageWallscape bookshelf by Sangaru (www.sangaru.com)

“You’ll love this” as a blog will bring stories behind these designers, their background, and their journey so far. We will also feature interiors, culture, travel, even food (yeah why not?) which are unique and bring a breath of fresh air from the repetitive fatigue the world faces today.

Icon lamp 800x800Icon Lamp by EKDesign (www.katharinaeisonkeock.com)