IKEA Pops the Cork on a Great Idea for Fall


Those clever Swedes are at it again. This month, IKEA is all about cork -one of the trendiest sustainable materials going- with their debut of the SINNERLIG collection by London-based designer Ilse Crawford. A soft, sound-dampening material once reserved for utilitarian uses like bulletin boards and floors, cork has gone cool and this is the proof. 

IKEA’s SINNERLIG collection features something unusual for mainstream design–furniture made with cork. The look is high-end but the prices won’t break the bank. The SINNERLIG cork coffee table (above) is a mere $99.99.



The SINNERLIG dining table top is $119 (leg trestles-$30 each) and stools are $49-$59. That’s a lot of style for very little. That’s very IKEA.

Elsewhere, cork is popping up all over the place. Here’s the best of what I’ve seen so far.

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Studio A’s Cork Bubble vases ($72.50-$97.50) are an interesting mix of texture and materials with ceramic spheres anchored in cork bases.

Stylish and sturdy, Witshop’s Hanging Organizer ($60) is made in the U.K. of plywood, 100% nubuck leather and cork.

West Elm’s stunning Muratto peel-and-stick wall tiles (20 sq. ft./$280) are made of 100% cork. Granted, these are a bit of an investment if you want to do an entire wall but they’re absolutely gorgeous.

For minimalists, there’s the Materia Aro cork centerpiece ($124.99) rimmed in lacquered steel.

Wake up your beverage break with Amorim’s Alma Gemea earthenware. This colorful teapot ($45), sugar pot/creamer ($21) and teacup nestle in cork bases that moderate temps.

Ballard Design’s Couture Drum lampshade ($39-$79) illuminates the textural beauty of cork.

Fashionably functional cork is definitely have a design moment. With such interesting spins on this eco-friendly material, I think it’s safe to say that cork is here to stay.  So now the question is…where will you pop the cork in your home?