From his Brooklyn based studio, Daniel Michalik explores the secrets of cork and creates furniture and accessories that are characterized by the beauty of simplicity. Showcasing cork’s tremendous potential to perform in ways unlike any other material, the Cortiça Chaise Longue is made from cork that originates as the waste material from the bottle stopper industry. Michalik says “I have discovered that when handled correctly, the natural flexibility of cork allows it to form fantastic complex shapes no other material can match. The balanced form, along with the pliability of the material allows the user of this lounge to rock gently from side to side or on her back with a great degree of stability. The result is a sensation of floating, weightless and totally supported.”
Besides the fact that cork is environmentally responsible material, it is lightweight, naturally waterproof, elastic and fire resistant. It is a fact that Michalik, knowing that cork is naturally 10% waterproof, decided to take the chaise to the local beach and rode it into the bay! He says it “Floats like, well a cork – only more ergonomic”. You can purchase the Cortiça Chaise Longue as well as other items from Daniel’s studio here.