Alternative Materials: cork – W0303-19

Date: Jun 17 - 21, 2019

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Daniel Michalik

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $150
Registration Fee: $45


Focus on experimental design using cork as an alternative material. Students learn to unlock the potential of this wonderful, ecological material as it relates to making objects. Cork is used to achieve structure and visual texture on its own and in combination with wood and other materials. Basic woodworking tools and techniques are reviewed and used as a starting point for creating hybrid materials and new object typologies. Students also learn innovative techniques to create small objects, accessories, or small furniture pieces.

Media & Techniques:

Students use cork in several forms: raw bark, compression-cast blocks, cork sheets, expansion-cast blocks, cork granulate and cork fabric. The workshop allows students to develop an understanding of woodworking machinery and explore carving, shaping and vacuum laminating.


Slide presentations illuminate the material of cork and how it is traditionally used. Daily demonstrations and group discussions take place.


Daniel Michalik is a product designer specializing in furniture and objects from underutilized, environmentally responsible materials and manufacturing methods. Recent explorations have included cork from sustainably managed Portuguese forests and local manufacturing within New York City. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Dwell, Sight Unseen, and Wallpaper*. Daniel is the Assistant Professor of Product/Industrial Design at Parsons School of Design in New York City.


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