These days we are pretty comfortable with the use of cork for flooring and wall treatments but the notion of a bathroom fixture made from cork is pretty spectacular.
GRANORTE, based in Portugal, is a leading sustainable flooring manufacturer and producer of cutting-edge cork products from vessels and tile to lighting and furniture.
Initially created to recycle the cork waste from the cork stoppers manufacturing industry, the GRANORTE product portfolio now includes sculpted bathtubs.
The latest robotic technology allows GRANORTE to carve beautiful tubs from solid agglomerated cork using a seven-axis robotic sculptor capable of intricate and large forms.
The cork, as a raw material, provides the perfect plasticity, warmth and comfort, and is sustainable as an ecologically harvested and recycled product.
GRANTORE products have a reputation for delivering superb quality as well as eye-catching styles. They have won numerous awards such as the 2014 APCOR Innovation in Cork Award and iF DESIGN AWARD 2015; Bathroom category.
Cork is light weight and will float on water.
Elasticity and Resiliency:
The cellular membranes are very flexible, making the cork both compressible and elastic.
The natural presence of Suberin renders cork impermeable to both liquids and gases. As a result it does not rot.
Insulation & fire-retardant qualities:
Cork has one of the best insulating capacities, thermal and acoustical, of all natural substances. This is due to the fact that the gaseous elements are sealed in tiny, impermeable compartments, insulated one from the other by a moisture resistant material.
Cork is a natural fire retardant as it does not spread flames and does not release toxic gases during combustion.
Resistance to wear:
Cork is also remarkably resistant to wear and has a high friction coefficient. Its honeycomb structure of the suberose surface makes it less affected by impact and friction that other hard surfaces.
Cork does not absorb dust and consequently does not cause allergies nor pose a risk to asthma sufferers.