Studio Corkinho is a multi-disciplinary design practice based in Antwerp / Belgium, aiming to change people's perceptions and awareness of objects and spaces that we think deserve attention because of their unique values.
We design limited editions within the fields of objects, furniture, and create contemplative atmospheres for interiors and micro-architecture.
Studio Corkinho stems from an amalgamation of pre-existing values : nature, craftsmanship, heritage, and history.
By a continual redefining and remodelling, Studio Corkinho elevates the hidden dimensions of noble materials through curiosity and innovation.
Focused on emotion and timelessness, Studio Corkinho unearths the beauty of the forgotten. We strive to contemporize introspection and inspire how to slow down to root in the present moment.
Our drive is to contrast the origin of raw beauty with our own code of simplicity. Purist morphologies define our warm minimalistic aesthetics.
Unhiding layers of meaning, Studio Corkinho imagines tangible metaphors for life’s renewal through rebirth. A starting point for a design philosophy that will branch out into other materials, shapes and spatial experiences.
Cédric Etienne (1980) & Klas Dalquist (1973), a belgo-swedish design duo that started with a simple idea about how to ennoble reclaimed cork bark, while having a creative chat in a bar at Vrijdagmarkt (Antwerpen).
Two friends who share a warm love for visual compositions and material values within architectural atmospheres, interior and objects.
Our studio function as an "umbrella" for all assignments and challenges we select to fill our dedicated time with.
We work from the harbour of Antwerpen, in the wild nature in Sweden, under the cork oaks in Portugal, wherever an opportunity takes us - our showroom is global and within all our clients.
Cédric is the founder and interior designer, with a long experience in how to curate one of kind moments by using space and total mind freedom.
Klas is raised in the textile world, with a wide expertise in art and creative direction, how to go from an idea to a finished product, to link all parts so every story is told as it was meant to be told.
In the Portuguese hills of Alentejo, the idea for Studio Corkinho was born. Witnessing the stillness of a cork harvest, the age-old tradition impressed on Cédric Etienne the aspiration to interpret this cultural artefact as a starting point of Studio Corkinho's design philosophy.
What is really touching our emotional perception in a state of stillness? Which sensorial layers do I activate in total serene observation of the present?
The absence of distraction is the centre element of our atmospheres. In between the void of freedom, everything can happen, from deep rest, to deep study, to full creation or bliss. Every space will enhance a new beginning.
In our work we emphasize the importance to reflect on the absolute harmony of time and space. Shaping proportions to create silence and void. The energy of harmonious space that re-winds our spirit. To re-define the balance between body, mind and environment.
WORK WITH US
Our studio is built on a passion bound foundation, with a very diverse spread of business and action plans, all interacting to support and inspire each other with our singular aesthetics and touch that is Studio Corkinho.
We produce object collections, from our concept stories that stand on its own platform or to be linked with a specific request.
Customised collaborations, which means limited production for a made-to-measure events or client requests.
We curate uniqueness in shape of collectible items and set design, one offs for installations or to be used in a commercial space.
Consulting as a creative studio in architectural projects, build new brand poetry, analysing details that need refinement from our point of view.
We are integrating our design philosophy in different shapes and contexts, this is our creative drive.
MARKED award, a design contest organised by Z33, a contemporary art centre in Belgium. This award marked the birth of Corkinho.
Exhibition at Salone del Mobile in Milan & the Interieur Biennale in Kortrijk.
The beginning of Corkinho’s collaboration with Swedish creative director Klas Dalquist. Studio Corkinho is founded.
Launch of two collections : BIRTH & MOTHER.
Studio Corkinho joins five other emerging Belgian designers to form a collective, BRUT. They show new work in an immersive experience at the Salon del Mobile. At the Henry Van de Velde awards, an annual Belgian design prize, they win the Young Talent accolade.
Lined up for this year and beyond are the following projects: collaborations with various Portuguese manufacturers to design new collections, and an architectural pilot project to redefine remote places. Studio Corkinho also opens a new studio comprising a workshop, showroom and art space in the harbour of Antwerp.