The Progressive Extension of the Field of Individual Development and Experience

Sep

14-22

2013

V&A Commission

This impactful project comprised of a natural a cork floor occupying the existing bridge over the V&A’s Medieval Galleries. The visitor was immersed in a world of cork, encountering its visual and tactile properties in a bold effort to challenge existing connotations with the material.

The project was a collaboration between FAT Architecture, the London-based practice renowned for its conceptual approach to architecture and Amorim, the world’s largest producer of cork.

The floor was made up of a series of tiles laid in a repeating trompe l’oeil geometric pattern, which is based on a scientific diagram of the cellular structure of cork as a material.

“Amorim’s partnership with the London Design Festival is a unique opportunity to showcase CorkTECH, our innovative, design-driven natural cork flooring. Combining FAT’s cutting-edge creativity with cork’s unmatched technical capabilities will deliver an exciting, contemporary perspective on Nature’s most sustainable flooring solution.” - António Amorim, Chairman and CEO of Corticeira Amorim

The pattern also accidently recalled certain architectural characteristics of the Douro region of Portugal, a world-class wine region associated with cork, where eometric tile patterns can be found in a number of vernacular buildings and pieces of signature architecture such as the Casa da Musica in Porto.

Supported by Amorim

London Design Festival at the V&A

The London Design Festival at the V&A

For 2017, the Festival will continue its unique collaboration with the world’s leading Museum of art, design and performance. As the central hub location for the London Design Festival for the eighth year, the V&A will again house a broad range of commissioned activity which will be spread throughout the Museum and include installations, events, talks and workshops.

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