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December 13, 2015

The prestigious British designer Jasper Morrison has once again chosen cork for one of his projects. His latest application takes us to Tokyo, where Jasper Morrison recently unveiled his proposal for the ideal weekend home, responding to the challenge posed by the iconic Japanese brand, Muji. To cover the building's fašade, he chose Amorim Isolamentos' expanded cork agglomerate MD Facade, which in addition to its sustainability characteristics, offers excellent thermal and acoustic insulation.

Jasper Morrison explains the concept of the house, stressing that "whenever I plan to go to the country for the weekend, I start to imagine a small house, and only require what's necessary for a short stay. But the dream usually collides with the complexity of building a new house". This model, presented at the Tokyo Midtown Garden, foresees a versatile space which, in the designer's own words, will make it possible to "cook, eat, wash and sleep". The expanded cork agglomerate covering was applied to the building's main space: a Japanese-style living room.

Jasper Morrison has produced numerous projects that use cork as the main raw material, including items of furniture created for brands such as Mooi and Vitra or the wall covering solutions designed for Corticeira Amorim's Metamorphosis project. The designer says that, "cork is a distinctive material because it combines an appeal to tradition with the technical capabilities of the new world", stressing that he values this raw material due to its "warmth, naturalness and incredible history".

Jasper Morrison was joined by the designers Naoto Fukasawa (JP) and Konstantin Grcic (AL). Under the theme, "A Rich Life through Minimalism", they presented models of temporary homes where the main requirements included mobility and the combination of elements of traditional Japanese architecture with a more contemporary style. The different models are priced between $25,000 and $40,000 and will be available for purchase in 2017.