The use of cork as a bottle stopper can be dated back to the 4th Century BC Italy and had significant uses in ancient Roman and Greek cultures. Cork is still produced in large quantities today in Portugal and the Mediterranean countries. The Porto Lights present this beautiful material with purple dyes once extracted from the Mediterranean Murex rock snail, and reds originally extracted from dried Kermes insects. The use of these dyes was prized by Roman's as the colours of ceremonial robes and as a symbol of the Pontiff and were sourced from areas native to the Quercus Suber (Cork Oak).
The Porto Lights reference the material and history of Portugal to display the faint hint of a Porto wine glass within it's form. Pressed and turned cork producers the beautiful rounded curve of the lights structure, while it's soft texture matches the ambiance of the warm white LED bulb within. The dyed version were soaked using natural fabric dyes and then dried to reach their rich coloured finish.
Prototype design produced by Knastenlos in Denmark.