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BURNT CORK

MADE IN SITU presents its second collection; BURNT CORK.

A tribute to Portuguese Cork, an ode to the resilience of material, of people, of process. From calcined bark to fine grain, from rawness to fluid curves, the BURNT CORK collection plays with dichotomies.

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/ May
2021

The Burnt Cork
collection in Noé’s words

When I moved to Portugal in summer 2017, I decided to drive from France alone. It was a 3 day drive during which I sensed a change in my life and the beginning of a new chapter. This road-trip was open to feeling, seeking and finding, eloquently narrated by landscape.  Upon entering the country, I was met by flames, burnt forests and charred black trees. It was a shock to drive into these hills ablaze, the inferno consuming the landscape and leaving behind a world of visible entropy. Hauntingly dark, each spike of burnt wood sticking from the ground where a tree used to be. The power of fire struck me, one of the five elements vital to existence on earth, a keystone to the development of culture. It is a transformer of environments: subtle when controlled and aggressive when wild.  Fire is somehow always beautiful.  Part of me didn’t want to think about this, but I took photos and this experience stayed with me. It made me question my interaction with nature as a designer and as a consumer. I felt it would resurface in the work I was to do here in Portugal.

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