hold on CORK


Expanded cork

Abrantes (Portugal)


Sep Verboom


Hold on Cork is a visual and tactile invitation to explore the ecosystem of the cork oak (Quercus suber L.). Bio-based applications of age-old materials like these open new perspectives for future generations.

Hold on CORK is, on the one hand, a documentary by a curious designer in search of the origins, possibilities and challenges for the future of the cork oak forests in Portugal. On the other hand, Sep Verboom meets a young generation of creators who, together with the cork processing industry, are looking for innovative applications.

In addition to the visual story, a physical installation takes the visitor into the tactile world of cork, with all its scents and colours.

Expanded cork is made from by-products of cork processing. This super material offers a whole range of possibilities for designers and architects. Besides being a material with excellent thermal and acoustic properties, it is also a completely bio-based carbon reservoir that plays an important role in CO2 storage.

A documentary by Glenn Verdickt.  An installation in collaboration with Sofalca. An invitation by Livable Platform.
Hold on CORK is a project commissioned by Design Fest Gent , opening 22/04 at Design Museum Gent .



Sofalca, producer of expanded cork agglomerate, the perfect solution for insulation and design - 100% natural, no additives and sustainably grown


Design Fest Gent

Be Wild, Act & Change. The end of April will see the start of Design Fest Gent, a new biennial 10-day festival that offers designers space to present their ground-breaking ideas. By focusing on sustainability in all its facets, Design Fest not only wants to inspire the visitors and residents of Ghent but also challenge them and encourage dialogue.


Glenn Verdickt

Glenn Verdickt is a cinematographer based in Antwerp, Belgium. Focused on camerawork, editing and directing.

Since a young age he has been intrigued by moving images and beautiful sceneries ranging from big Hollywood blockbusters to small indie films. Glenn started experimenting with cheap video cameras during high school, turning self written scenarios into his first little movies.

Being self-taught Glenn came a long way since those early video’s. After more than 12 years of experience he got the chance to work for big clients like Tomorrowland, Harrods, Brussels Airlines and many more.


Sep Verboom

The Belgian creative Sep Verboom (1990) is at once designer and social entrepreneur, less concerned with the objectification of the result, more with the context in which it takes place.

‘Too often we measure success and profit in terms of economic values. What happened to the importance of people’s well-being and health of our environment?’

Through his Livable® platform, Verboom brings together partners as diverse as their geographies: from the Peruvian Amazon to Indonesia, and from local governments or commercial companies to NGO’s.

Verboom graduated with a degree in Industrial Design (HOWEST) and in Sustainable Development from (VIVES) both in Kortrijk (BE).

His collaborative approach has been internationally recognised, with numerous expositions and awards. In 2018 Sep Verboom won the Belgian Henry Van De Velde Award for Young Talent. In 2020 his commitment to socially engaged design earned him the prestigious title ‘Designer of the Year’ by Biennale Interieur.