Appo by Carlo Trevisani


Milan designer Carlo Trevisani has created a cork product that transforms empty wine bottles into table centrepieces.

Called Appo, the cork dish plugs into the top of a variety of bottles, which can be filled with liquid to weight the base.

Photographs are by Emanuele Zamponi.

The text below is from the designer:


self production 2009

A dilated bottle cork like element transformed into a centrepiece fitting one, ten or hundreds of bottles.

A simple intuition blinking to the concept of sustainability: empty bottles, aren't recycled but re-utilized.

Appo's function is justly declared in the very moment it is fixed upon the bottle working as its base. Intentionally essential in its shape, studied in consideration of diverse possible centres of mass, the object assumes multiple formal identities thanks to the utilizer's final interpretation.

The standardized element becomes a unique item according to the assigned bottle, offering infinite personalized options.

Material: cork conglomerate.
Dimensions: 180 mm diameter, 70 mm high

Posted on Sunday February 21st 2010 at 10:38 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • ben
  • Erik

    I thought that cork was running out? Not very it?

  • modular

    Yeah, this should be great for bottles to fall and break.

    Plus, this has been done over and over again…

  • Xit

    @Ben, similar concept but different execution,

    I actually prefer this project because I find the use of cork more justified and honest.

    Also the idea of giving an old bottle a new life is rather admirable.

  • ajua

    Literally, Tapas !

  • Deja Vu? and still seems as useful as the fondue set and ice cream maker at the back of the cupboard. Sorry, but cheap, ugly and not actually very green, safe or practical.

  • RJC

    love them, gorgeous

  • ghedo

    Lovely! and i think U cold use as freesby! A giant version for carboy ?

  • Fling

    Hey; why tolerate all these empty wine bottles and these separate table based low capacity dishes, when one can combine last night’s Mateus Rose container with an innovative flat bit of cork to stick in the tops to serve breadsticks on to our inevitably impressed guests! Now, if only somone could come up with an idea for somewhere to put these candles, because my utilisers interpretation has reached its formal limitations.

  • Nerd

    Doesn’t seem very stable.

  • cv

    the cork will break in no time. clearly not thought out or properly tested.

  • Q

    not accusing anyone of nothing but i think this idea is way better =)

  • jeremy

    good way to combine something that would be recycled with something else that is disappearing.

    i’m working on a couch made of car tyres and elephant tusks

  • dippity

    What was the designer thinking? Cork trees are running out, so let’s use them up faster? A well-designed plate would do the same job and look more sophisticated.

  • Hershey

    ^ Hey Q

    But do you think your example is a better design and the same thing ?

  • norm

    this one is going to be diffcult to supply, because Jasper Morrison have already used all the cork available in the world for his furniture series..

  • Miss Kay

    I’ve seen this before, way before Trevisani’s…

  • Most of the comments above seem very imature and ill informed. I like the piece, it´s a nice idea, possibly weighted towards style rather than content but imaginative nonetheless. I am interested to know whether the product is composite and if so what type of resin has been used to bond it (i am interested in green composite cork products). I don´t think the product is being marketed as a green product, I think that in the above comments we are seeing stereotyping on the part of people assuming that cork products are green, some are, some aren´t, it depends on the additional processes, the economical use of the material and the carbon footprint and sustainability of the product and the material used to make it.
    As fas other comments regarding cork ´running out´ are concerned; do some research! The cork industry is under threat for consumer/ political reasons, not because cork trees are dying. Innovative, informed and responsible cork products should be the target for designers interested in this material, taking into accounts all properties of the material, its ecology and the product that results. Please contact me (FB) if you are interested in courses looking at the use of cork in design.

  • martin vicker

    Hi Carlos. You tried to contactme via Facebook but I can´t find the friend request, try again… be good to talk cork! martin