Daniel Michalik, USA
In Daniel's own words...
"My work focuses on researching and expanding overlooked materials to create objects that explore the intersections of material, history, culture and manufacturing.
In recent years I have delved into the secrets of cork, an engaging and responsible material with vast implications for healthier perspectives on design, agriculture, tradition and manufacturing. Cork is a sustainable material, regenerating every 9 years for harvest. The Portuguese regions of cork production hold centuries-old farming and manufacturing traditions that can teach us how objects can be made more responsibly. The cork objects I design and make reflect a love for the origin and context of a material, and it has led to exciting collaborations with adherent cultures and industries.
My studio in New York City is a laboratory dedicated to unlocking new potentials for cork and other materials. In this space we explore the deepest potentials of cork as an unusual natural material, allowing it to perform in new ways, and as no other material can."