Copper and Wood at Midleton Distillery

The materials influencing whiskey at Jameson's masterful home in Cork, Ireland

With the US release of acclaimed Irish whiskey Yellow Spot, and news of a very rare Irish oak-aged whiskey being produced, we once again made our way to Jameson‘s Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland—where the aforementioned, and everything else in Pernod Ricard’s superb Irish Distillers portfolio are produced. With such an array of outstanding spirits, long overseen by former Master Distiller Barry Crocket and …

Hugo Passos Cork Wedge

A simple door jam handmade in London from Portuguese cork

Just in at the Jasper Morrison shop is a simple household item made immediately covetable. Designed by Portuguese-born, London-based designer Hugo Passos, the handmade cork wedge—molded from Portuguese cork supplied by Amorim—is a straightforward way to keep a door open and unobtrusively handsome hanging out on its own when the door’s shut. The cork wedge is now available from the Jasper Morrison shop for £12, …

The Corkigami Chair

Spain's Carlos Ortega Design finds inspiration in natural materials and origami structures

When we first stumbled across Carlos Ortega Design in 2012 at Feria Habitat Valencia, we were drawn to the creative designs and sheer quality of traditional woodworking techniques. Now more than a year later, the brand introduces the new Corkigami chair, a design that takes its name from the process of turning 2D materials into a 3D object. The materials in question are few—cork and …

Studio Visit: Daniel Michalik and Mark McGinnis

The cork furniture designer's toy boats buoyed by pithy type and clever illustration

Through the large industrial windows of his studio in Brooklyn, designer Daniel Michalik looks out at a small harbor of the East River’s Maspeth Creek and the repurposed ferries that inhabit its quiet docks. It is an industrial but romantic view that seems to perfectly complement the world inside Michalik’s airy workshop, which is populated by mammoth band saws, high stacks of fragrant wood and …