Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Style + Art + Earth >> Anthropologie's Cork Displays

anthropologie cork window

Back in March, I posted (and/or confessed) about my ritual of going to the local Anthropologie and staring at the window display for inspiration when I'm stuck in a creative funk. It may seem a little silly, but their displays really are among the most innovative and visually stunning out there, and it's almost impossible not to feel inspired by them.

Anthropologie corks displays

This month, my mini getaways in search of creative inspiration were taken to whole new level, when I learned of a project that Anthro was participating in with the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance.  In an effort to increase awareness and promote the preservation of the Mediterranean cork forests (one of the planet’s most important ecosystems), the CFCA donated 2.5 million corks to Anthropologie, who used them to design and create truly gorgeous, one-of-a-kind recycled art in their shop windows.  As a sustainable designer, I was really touched by the concept of this project, and genuinely impressed with the beauty and inventiveness of the compositions.

Once the current displays are dismantled, CFCA will recollect them to distribute to other businesses and organizations to be repurposed once again.  To find out more about the CFCA or make a donation toward future projects, you can visit their website here.

Anthropologie windows earth day

I really am beyond inspired by this project, and now I'm scheming on an idea for something amazing to create from discarded corks!

Have any of you seen the cork displays in your local Anthropologie shops this month?

Images via Anthropologie.


  1. Just wanted to say I love your blog. You are so creative and inspiring. And although sad I like reading about your relationship with Bubby, I too have dogs as my babies and understand how you feel. I am also a vet tech and I have had to help families through tough times like yours. My thoughts are with you and your little family, cherish every moment. And if you ever need someone to talk to, feel free to email me. <3

  2. wow, I LOVE your blog! Thanks so much for stopping by mine so I could find you! I love Anthropologie but I haven't been in one lately, too many tempting things!

  3. These are freaking awesome! Must go to anthro soon!

  4. oh my lord i am a huge fan of Anthropologie! Before i make anything for my Etsy shop, i always check out Anthropologie's site for inspiration. i'm sure there are similar 'anthrobsessed' artist out there so i was actually thinking of starting a 'team' on etsy around this idea.... let me know if you are interested in this idea!

  5. What a wonderful project! The video is especially inspiring, I love seeing that creative process. It makes me love anthro even more that they partnered up with an environmental org like this!!


  6. Wow, you inspired with this post. I love your blog:):)

  7. wow - that is so cool! I just started a project with my collected corks - we're making a serving tray - so fun to re-uses things.

  8. I lurve Anthro so much, and this display is AMAZING. Thank you so much for posting this, as I never would have been aware of it otherwise.

    Karmic points to YOU!

    Kimberlee @ Magpie Shinies

  9. anthro never ceases to amaze me with there innovative merchandising and displays!



  10. Thanks so much for the comments everyone! New readers, I'm so excited to check out all of your blogs!

    For those who have been following Bubby dog's story lately, he had a rough night last night and we're not sure what will happen over the next few days, so forgive me if I'm a little slow getting back to people.


  11. I love it when recycling and fashion goes hand in hand and I must say Anthropologie really used the corks in such a creative, colorful way. :)

    Hope Bubby is going well now. ♥

    The Cat Hag


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