Although I have a few materials in mind, I was on the look out in Milan for material use that could replicate or rival leather.
In the Tom Dixon show, there was a room filled with bowls and other products made from recycled rubber tires. Recycled tires were a consideration of mine, but I am not the biggest fan of recycling and want to use entirely plant-based, biodegradable materials. However, after seeing the colour and properties of the tire material, I am wondering whether it could compete with the coolstone material I was interested it to replicate the bull colouring.
I was very interested in the use of paper, but feared it would not live up to the luxury look leather is associated with. However, Milan showed great examples of ways paper is being manipulated as a convincing leather alternative.
These textile pieces have been manipulated to have the texture of worn leather.
The company Faber who make their own paper, have added texture and colour to replicate a leather aesthetic.
Although these bag examples look a lot more like paper than the other examples, the creases and open stitches give the feel of a leather material.
Cork is still a material I am very certain I want to use for my final product.
This cork faux-leather sofa had an elegant look utilizing a thin, smooth cork material for the surface.
This lamp could be made from a range of materials including leather as well as cork and felt. This example shows that the properties are not too far off from one another, from a flexibility standpoint.
I loved this geometric cushion come bean bag cork stool because of the thin material that creates folds. I wondered if the creases could mimic leather surfaces.
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In the Mini Living exhibition, there was a lot of experimentation into new materials including the mycelium proving that plant based material exploration is current.
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