Making use of discarded leather offcuts, Oslo-based designer Inger Steinnes layers assorted leather edges to create a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing seat.
“In the Norwegian leather industry, tons of hides are discarded every year because of small imperfections on the skins surface, such as insects bites, warts, scratches and wrinkles.” says Steinnes. “To the untrained eye, the material is just as useful and beautiful as any other leather you find on the market, but because of high quality demands from customers, the manufacturer can’t sell the leather. ”
“The fact that the hide offcuts aren’t sorted before they are chucked in the container has been turned to a positive factor in the project. The technique combines hides with different thickness, softness, flexibility and even color, which enriches the texture and tactility instead of being a downside. ”
The result is a warm and soft surface, a comfortable seat, which is also non slip and sound absorbing. “waste=value ” as Steinnes says.