These beautiful bathroom objects like washbasins and soap cookies are a creative and new use of cork, a traditional Portuguese material. Simple Forms Design, a Portuguese design company, reinvented this traditional material into curved, minimalist designs that contrast magnificently with cork's earthy tones.

Simple Forms Design's 'Cork' collection was awarded with the Red Dot design award in 2008. "The choice of this material is by itself a major innovation," its creators say. "These products have a finishing that provides them with the wear and tear protection they need for everyday use."