HauteGREEN Sneak Peek: Cortiça Chaise Longue by Daniel Michalik

After weeks of swooning and drooling over the best contemporary sustainable designs the world has to offer, we've finally arrived at the big event. HauteGREEN starts tomorrow, showcasing the best collection of TreeHugging designs ever accumulated under one roof, and for anyone in the greater New York area, we highly recommend it. Our ongoing series has been bringing some examples of the entries to the show; to find out whether or not any of them show up this weekend, you'll just have to go (though they're all winners in our mind). We've seen today's entry from designer Daniel Michalik before, but it's worthy of another look and certainly deserves to be included in any "best of" sustainable design list. Made from cork that originates as the waste material from the bottle stopper industry, Cortiça showcases cork's tremendous potential to perform in ways unlike any other material. Says Michalik, "I have discovered that when handled correctly, the natural flexibility of cork allows it to form fantastic, complex shapes no other material can match. The balanced form, along with the pliability of the material allows the user of this lounge to rock gently from side to side or on her back with a great degree of stability. The result is a sensation of floating, weightless and totally supported." That's really what we all want when lounging, right? ::HauteGREEN and ::Daniel Michalik

Check out the rest of the Sneak Peek Series for a glimpse at the best in sustainable home design, and see it in person at HauteGREEN this weekend.

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