Ethical leather

05 : 03 : 2015 Jorge Penadés : Structural Skin : Tasteful Waste

Madrid – Discarded leather has been given a new lease of life in designer Jorge Penadés’ Structural Skin capsule collection

  • According to Tomas Bata University 40-60% of raw leather goes to waste
  • Designer Jorge Penadés uses offcuts from leather factories to create ethical furniture
Structural Skin by Jorge Penadés, Madrid Structural Skin by Jorge Penadés, Madrid
Structural Skin by Jorge Penadés, Madrid Structural Skin by Jorge Penadés, Madrid
Structural Skin by Jorge Penadés, Madrid Structural Skin by Jorge Penadés, Madrid
Structural Skin by Jorge Penadés, Madrid Structural Skin by Jorge Penadés, Madrid

‘This project does not start from an interest in the advantages of a material, but from its disadvantages,’ says Penadés, who set himself the challenge of rethinking the purpose of an inherently inefficient material. Using a new production method that involves binding shredded leather together in a mould, Penadés has been able to transform waste materials from leather factories into a striking capsule collection. From nothing other than leather offcuts, reinforced with resin, Penadés was able to construct an appealing clothes rail and side table, and hopes to develop the technique to include new colours and textures.

The Big Picture: Think about how you can appeal to ethically minded consumers using our Tasteful Waste microtrend. 

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