FAQ

1) What is CORKBRICK?

It's a modular  system, cork made,  where you can build most of pieces of furniture, walls and  structures, for inside or outside use at home or in your office, with no tools, no screws, no glue - that's CORKBRICK! With only 7 different “brocks” you can build whatever you imagine.

It's a solution that empowers creative minds and that goes beyond the DIY (do-it-yourself) to embrace all those with a passion and enthusiasm to create unique and innovative solutions in their home and office.

2) What are the benefits of Using CORKBRICK?

CORKBRICK can be used to build interior and exterior structures in general and furniture in particular. Although it can be seen as a substitute to classic structures and furniture, in reality CORKBRICK will be understood as a new and unique solution because of its variable application and dimension. With CORKBRICK the user can assemble and disassemble everything in minutes, giving a new use to the same brocks depending on its configuration.

It’s a unique, natural, flexible, simple, easy, durable, resistant, renewable, sustainable, light, sound and thermal-insulation solution to build most of pieces of furniture, walls and  structures with no tools, screws or glue.

3) Who were the brains behind this idea?

CORKBRICK story started in April 2012 at a Lisbon airport coffee shop, on a trip to Casablanca... a  conversation between Miguel Reynolds Brandão (the father and a serial entrepreneur) and Catarina Reynolds Brandão (the daughter and an architect) about flexibility in home spaces. They were discussing solutions for open spaces, specifically searching for ideas to create dynamic guest rooms in their attic. They needed something simple, scalable, easy to mount and dismount - and, most importantly, dispensing the use of tools, glues, or screws! That was when they first thought of the potential behind a modular construction brick such as the CORKBRICK concept and designed the first sketches.

Ten days later, already back home from Morocco, they resumed their brainstorming and explored the global market to find that nothing fulfilled such imaginative solution! There was no concept available with easy modularity and flexibility to build structures and furniture at home for people, such as them, who were hopeless at DIY - This was the origin of CORKBRICK!

Starting the development stage, the biggest challenge was the optimization of the design of the bricks (or as they called them, the “brocks”!) - finding the lowest possible number of brock designs necessary to ensure the highest number of modular solutions and guaranteeing structural stability.

After a period of research, testing and trial and error, they finally came up with SEVEN optimized brock designs. Seven brocks to build structures in any possible direction, providing a solution for walls, furniture and plenty other creative applications at your heart's desire.

4) How can a structure stand firm (fixed) without tools, glue or screws?

Through it’s interlocking system, the brocks self-sustain themselves and sustain weight.

5) Can I paint brocks?

Better than painting is covering with different materials with the colour you like. CORKBRICK is designed for potential permanent change. If you paint the brocks you compromise this concept and the quality of CORKBRICK.

6) What If I need a custom design built with CORKBRICK?

If you are planning to do a different and sustainable event;  (re)organize your office, (re) decorate your home or your hotel or hostel, we have a very special and talented team that can build your CORKBRICK personalised Project. Just contact us trough info@corkbrick.com and we will handle the CORKBRICKS for you!  

7) Unlimited exchange warranty. Really?!

CORKBRICK are highly durable and resistant.

However, as our products are 100% recyclable, if your brocks are damaged, at any time you may send them  back and we will replace them for free.

Yes, lifelong exchange warranty for free! You only need to support the costs for shipping the brocks back to CORKBRICK and for us to delivering the new brocks back to you.

Moreover: when the defect or damage is detected within a period of two years from the delivery of the goods and you report it to CORKBRICK within a period of two months from the date of the detection, you will bear no costs at all for returning the items and for the delivery of the new, replacing item.

Notice that we cannot accept brocks that have been altered with other materials (e.g. paints/glues/pins) as the recyclability of the product would be compromised.

For details on our cancellation, exchange and refund policy check here.

8) How is the shipment policy?

We take care of everything! You just have to order, pay the shipment fee and tell us the delivery address, and your CORKBRICK orders will be delivered at your doorway! Count on a relatively low fee for delivery within the EU due to the lightweight material of our brocks.

For details on our shipment policy check here.

9) Do I have to pay taxes on the brocks?

Within the European Union, if you are a company  and your company has a valid VAT you do not have to pay taxes. If you don’t have a valid VAT, you will have to pay Portugal’s VAT at a rate of 23%.

As an individual, it is likely that you’ll have to pay VAT at the rate applicable in your country. In any case, you’ll always get the opportunity to check the final price you will pay - including VAT, whenever due - before you are asked to confirm your purchase.

10) Can I make my own creations? Am I rewarded for that?

Yes. You can and we pretty much encourage you to do so! “Corkies” can use our CORKBRICK PLAY APP to create and design a personalised CORKBRICK solution and upload it directly to our platform. After approval of your creation’s originality, usage and practicality (by our Corkbrick Design Team), you will be notified and your creation will be inserted directly on the CORKBRICK SHOP. You will be automatically rewarded every time someone buys your creation with 3,78% of the sale price from each package sold, for as long as your creation is kept in our list of selling products! But hurry up, as the number of creators we can reward is not unlimited, so be fast and create your solutions at once!

11) How and when do I get paid for my creations? Do I have to pay any taxes?

When creating your personal CORKBRICK account you will have the option to sync your ‘paypal’ account, in order to receive your payment.

The payment is done weekly via the customer’s ‘paypal’. The customer is free to draw money from ‘paypal’ whenever wished.

Taxes on the payment received may vary from country to country. It’s your responsibility to check your national income tax law on any tax due.

13) What types of files can I upload to the library? 

 JPEG; GIF; MP4; SKP; DWG