OUR LIFELINE

2013: MARKED, a design contest organised by Z33, a contemporary art centre in Belgium.  Our work represented a cork pavilion and a collection of cork furniture named ‘Acoustic bodies’. This award marked the birth of Corkinho.

2014: Exhibition at Salone del Mobile and at the Interieur Biennale in Kortrijk : presentation of a new typology of the cork brick pavilion concept.

2015: The beginning of Corkinho’s collaboration with Klas Dalquist. The Swedish creative director contributes his ideas on the development of concepts. Studio Corkinho is founded.

2017: Launch of two collections.

BIRTH - the project visualises the cork harvest in Alentejo in a photographic and poetic manifesto that transports the viewer through this timeworn tradition in a tangible and serene way. 
MOTHER - Studio Corkinho releases its first collection; a limited edition of charred cork homeware.

2018: 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. 

2019: 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.

PORTRAITS

Cédric Etienne (1980) & Klas Dalquist (1973), a belgo-swedish design duo that started with a simple idea about how to ennoble reclaimed corkbark, 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.

MANIFESTO

Poetic atmospheres & limited editions.

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 poetic atmospheres for interiors and micro-architecture.

Our main force of action never changes - true craftsmanship with a functional mind, artful handwriting and strong love for aesthetic compositions.

To ennoble simplicity.

 

METHODOLOGY

In the Portuguese hills of Alentejo, the idea for Studio Corkinho was born. Witnessing a cork oak harvest season, the age-old tradition impressed on Cédric Etienne the aspiration to interpret this cultural artefact in a novel way. 

Studio Corkinho stems from an amalgamation of pre-existing values : nature, craftsmanship, context, and history. 

By a continual redefining and remodelling, Studio Corkinho elevates the hidden dimensions of memory through curiosity and manipulation.

Unhiding layers of meaning, Studio Corkinho imagines architectural metaphors for life’s renewal through rebirth. A starting point for a design philosophy that will branch out into other materials, contexts and crafts. 

BLUE PRINT

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.