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Design Trend: Modern Cork Furniture + Giveaway

Cork in modern interiors is one design trend that is holding strong going into 2017. It is durable, water resistant, lightweight, and soft to the touch. Oh, and, did I mention sustainable? Cork isn’t just for wine bottles and pin boards anymore. These days designers are using it in everything from art and accents to flooring and wall coverings. See how you can incorporate cork in almost any room of the house with these modern cork furniture and home accessory pieces – and be sure to read to the end for your chance to enter a pair of Domitalia Bouchan Cork Stools.

In the Living Room

Design Trends | Cork Media Console By Michael Iannone, from Iannone Design |YLiving Modern Cork Furniture
Cork Media Console By Michael Iannone, from Iannone Design

Since cork is a natural material, modern cork furniture brings an instant organic touch to modern living rooms. The Cork Media Console from Iannone Design combines the warmth of wood and natural cork, creating a winning combination for the modern living room.

Design Trends | Cork Stools By Jasper Morrison, from Vitra|YLiving Modern Cork Furniture
Cork Stools By Jasper Morrison, from Vitra

With its lightweight, yet durable nature, cork is the optimal material for use in the modern home, especially where seating is concerned. These Cork Stools are a classic use of cork and can be used as either a side table or a spare seat.

In the Office

Design Trends | Kork Tray from Calligaris| YLiving Modern Cork
Kork Tray from Calligaris

Use cork bowls, such as these Kork Trays, to organize your odds and ends around the office. Because of its breathable texture, cork accessories are the perfect addition around the home.

Design Trends | Pin Board By Trine Andersen, from Ferm Living | YLiving Modern Cork Furniture
Pin Board By Trine Andersen, from Ferm Living

Nothing is more classic than using cork for a cork board. Its porous and soft nature allows for pinning and repining of notes, photos, or reminders. Made from natural cork, this Ferm Living Pin Board is durable enough for holding heavier items.

Design Trends | Butterfly Cork Filing Cabinets By Michael Iannone, from Iannone Design|YLiving Modern Cork Furniture
Butterfly Cork Filing Cabinets By Michael Iannone, from Iannone Design

While this Butterfly Cork Filing Cabinet features a cork facing for the drawers, its inlay design shows off cork’s all around versatility.

In the Bathroom

Design Trends | KERA Toothbrush Holder from Umbra| YLiving Modern Cork Furniture
KERA Toothbrush Holder from Umbra

Cork is naturally waterproof, making it the perfect addition to the modern bathroom. The KERA Collection pairs warm cork with cool white ceramic, creating an elegant, minimal and modern way to accessorize your bathroom.

In the Kitchen

Cork Coaster By Trine Andersen, from Ferm Living|YLiving Modern Cork Furniture
Cork Coaster By Trine Andersen, from Ferm Living

As a porous material, cork makes for a wonderful thermal insulator; making it the ideal candidate for trivets and coasters as it traps heat and protects surface areas. Use the Cork Coaster to keep a warm pot of food from making direct contact with your wood table.

Slab 210 LED Pendant Light By Lukas Peet, from ANDlight | YLiving Design Trends Cork
Slab LED Pendant Light Collection By Lukas Peet, from ANDlight
R-L: Slab 210, Slab 30, Slab 90, Slab 150

Cork naturally absorbs sound making it a good option over an island or dining table in today’s open concept living spaces. The Slab Pendant Light series does the job with its low profile and large impact, both, visually and audibly whether it’s paired by itself or with an alternate sustainable option, such as wool felt or Acrylic felt.

Bouchon Stool from Domitalia |YLiving Modern Cork Furniture
Bouchon Stool from Domitalia

Cork’s enjoyable soft feel makes for a comfortable seat, while its naturally tough and waterproof features make it ideal for kitchen seating. The Domitalia Bouchon Stool features an over-sized cork seat atop an industrial steel base. The Bouchon Stool’s unique minimal and industrial design easily fits with every interior style.


We’ve teamed up with Domitalia to give away a pair of Bouchon Stools. One lucky winner will receive two stools. CLICK HERE to enter, and follow the instructions. Be sure to get your entries in before February 28, 2017.

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Stephanie Weldon

Stephanie Weldon

Stephanie is a member of the Social Marketing Team. She has an endless curiosity for the why and how things work. Previously a Visual Merchandiser as well as a Costume Designer, she recently resettled in California from New York. Combining her background with her passion for arts, travel, and great design, she has found her way to Y and her love for sharing why great design is at the heart of great style!

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