Cork Block Sofa by Miguel Arruda

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Cork Block

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Sofa

INSPIRATION:
The observation of nature, where the cork oak tree has a strong sculptural volumetry, the technological possibility of recycling cork and the technology employed that allows an adequate degree of elasticity for the new agglomerate designated by reference 5058, naturally gave space to imagine a diversified association of nine blocks that build the single sheet sofa and of thirteen blocks for the double seet layout. Other combinations appeared during the process, which is not closed but rather available for each user design experiences.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The cork agglomerate, results from a composition of cork granulate with polyurethane,both recycled and consolidated through compression, heat and the use of a binder inside a metal mold. The physical, elastic and tactile quality of the material and the possibility to add upholstery solutions with different colors, provides several different confort and ambience solutions, achieving diferent supports to the coccyx, back and arms, for different effective comfort levels.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The rectangular blocks of the Cork Block Sofa are cut in different shapes, allowing it to have several combinations, intended to combine in several shapes and sitting positions. The physical, elastic and tactile quality of the material and the possibility to add upholstery solutions with different colors, provides several diferent confort and ambience solutions, achieving diferent supports to the coccyx, back and arms, for different effective comfort levels.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in February 2018 and finished in October 2020, both in Lisbon.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
A agglomerate from cork granulate and polyurethane, both recycled and consolidated with a binder, is launched inside a metal mold with 90 x 90 x 38cm, and subjected to pressure and temperature, allowing at the end a compression strength of 100, a recovery of 70 and a weight of 230kg pcm. This blocks of physical, elastic and tactile quality material, are usually used only for technical acoustic solutions, are cutted allowing six types blocks, intended to combine for two different sofa solutions.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 120 or 180cm x Height 57cm and Depth 90cm

TAGS:
Sofa, Seat, Furniture, Cork, Recycled

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The cork agglomerate by Amorim Composits, from recycled cork granulate particle size 2 to 3 mm with polyurethane, generates a rectangular block resulting from the above described operation with 90 x 90 x 19 cm. Its cohesion, elasticity and overlap adherence, suggested the possibility of composing a set of nine blocks of different shapes for a sofa. In indoor spaces, some volumes can be replaced by identical ones covered with fabric of different colors and with a more flexible interior.

CHALLENGE:
It was necessary to find a binding agent that could merge the recycled cork and plastic particles granting the volume a degree of elasticity and comfort in the sitting position in order to achieve the proper stability and the durability needed for its use. After that first step, finding the right proportions and a reduced number of pieces/bricks needed to assemble each model became a fun but challenging game.

ADDED DATE:
2021-03-30 13:46:43

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Designer: Miguel Arruda

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image 1:Pedro Sadio, Image 2: Miguel Arruda, Image 3: Pedro Sadio, Image 4: Pedro Sadio, Image 5: Pedro Sadio

Visit the following page to learn more: http://miguelarruda.com/
CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados, Lda

PROFILE:
Miguel Arruda (1943) develops his work in the fields of sculpture, design, architecture and its university academic activities since 1969. Since 2003 served as Cathedratic Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors till 2008. Gave several lectures on the themes of Design and Architecture in Portugal and abroad and won several international design and architecture award´s.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Cork Block Sofa by Miguel Arruda is a Nominee in Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Cork Block Sofa by Miguel Arruda is Winner in Furniture Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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