Contemporary iterations of cork wallcoverings, flooring and fabrics are full of surprising visual effects achieved through layered construction. A hint of glimmer shines through when cork veneer is layered over a metallic cellulose backing or when gilding is printed directly on veneer using the latest printing technology. Embossed or etched cork allows designs to be molded into the material. Traditional pigments and dyes are applied by artisans ― or printed on as if they were. This classic, sound-absorbing material is getting the makeover it deserves, thanks to experimental techniques and contemporary designs.