Northumbria University students create novel consumer concepts out of cork – part 4 of 4

by | Feb 6, 2024 | General

As part of their curriculum, students at the School of Design at Northumbria University were this year assigned to create unique consumer products using cork as the main material.

Led by Assistant Professor Rickard Whittingham, they took on this challenge with impressive outcomes.

In part 4 of this 4-part series of news articles, we explore a scooping bowl, designed by Olivia Askew-Vaja.

Beach Bros Ltd, a member of the Cork Industry Federation, provided the cork for this project.

You can explore more of the students’ work on the specific Instagram page for the project –


Olivia Askew-Vaja

Scoop represents an innovative and eco-friendly approach to personal organisation, showcasing a compact container design meticulously crafted from high-quality, sustainable cork. This material choice not only imparts a natural, earthy aesthetic but also ensures durability and lightweight convenience.

The container’s design cleverly integrates two distinct compartments, catering to a variety of storage needs. The first compartment is shallow, perfect for items that need to be easily accessible, like keys or coins. The second compartment is deeper, offering a secure space for more substantial items like watches, jewellery, or even small electronic accessories.

What sets Scoop apart is its adaptability. It includes optional, interchangeable ‘bowls’ – additional small containers that can be inserted into either compartment. These bowls enhance the container’s functionality, allowing users to customise the interior space according to their specific storage requirements. Whether it’s organising daily essentials or keeping small, precious items safe, Scoop’s versatile design offers a unique and stylish solution.

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