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Urban Coasters


This project was done in collaboration with Uncommon Goods and UIC.

At first, I was researching ways of recycling corks by grounding up waste cork, mixing it with a special glue and molding it into stacking coasters. After consulting with UncommonGoods, the project took a turn into a more simple solution to recycling corks into coasters.

That’s when I found a local manufacturer that produces cork gaskets for the Chicago water system. They have a lot of leftover cork from their production and I thought it would make sense to relate the final design to where the material came from.

Cork Gaskets