New location in Kelowna!

November 13th, 2013


We want to welcome Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna as our most recent participant in our wine cork recycling program. Previously our northern-most location was the Vinegar Works in Summerland.

Now all you Kelowna wine lovers can return all those corks you’ve been saving much closer to home. And, since you’re already at a great winery, you may want to restock your wine rack!

Summerhill proprietor, Stephen Cipes, started his vineyard with clones he brought from France and personally planted on his hands and knees. The results from his organic farming practices and fine wine making are regularly honoured at international wine competitions — even garnering the gold medal in Champagne France against French Champagnes! Sounds like you owe it to yourself to make a trip to Summerhill Pyramid Winery if you haven’t already been.


Cork portrait vies for £30,000 prize

September 24th, 2013

Conrad Engelhardt's portrait of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu KyiWine cork artist, Conrad Engelhardt, is one of 95 finalists in The Threadneedle Prize for painting & sculpture. The Prize provides experienced and emerging artists with the opportunity to showcase their work… and at £30,000, it is one of the largest art prizes in the UK.

Engelhardt’s submission is a diptych portrait of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. The ‘mosaic’ cork tiles colour palette is the natural wine stain colours of the wine they bottled.

We featured Conrad Engelhardt’s work in our earlier post: Conrad’s interest in cork is apparently matched by his interest in great women.

See more of Engelhardt’s work at and read more about The Treadneedle Prize.

2012 London pavillion lined with cork

May 8th, 2012

The plans for the Serpentine Gallery’s twelfth summer pavilion designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei have been revealed.

The team have performed an archaeological dig, five-meters deep, and used the shapes of items found in the earth to dictate the form of the hollow build. The complex ground shape is to be cut with cork, because of its natural and versatile qualities.

A floating platform roof, which will be raised about waist-high above the ground will collect rain water to reflect the skies. It can also be drained “like a bath tub” so that dance performances to take place on the roof.

Read the complete story in The Telegraph.

Design with cork competition Oct 14-17

October 10th, 2010

IDS West logoInterior Design Show West features a design competition sponsored by GE Monogram. Seven designers will be supplied with corks and are challenged to make design forward products from this prefabricated material. Finished products will be on display at IDSwest for all to see what these creative designers can come up with. Visit IDSwest for details.