An exploration in material efficiency through new manufacturing techniques and processes has led to the creation of Tri-Fold, a flexible and lightweight engineered cork composite. Natural cork has a multitude of inherent attributes yet its poor tensile strength severely limits applications. To circumvent cork’s shortfalls, Tri-Fold utilises innovative geometry to form a multi-layered network of compression and tension through which unsupported, low-profile rigid cork structures become possible. This enhanced functionality offers a wealth of opportunities in both domestic and public applications as well as batch and mass-manufactured products and construction materials.
Erika Cross:’Vertebral is a flat pack chair with a seating mat joining directly to its mono-spine base using only the material’s inherent friction as the joining element.’
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