Year: 2014
Location: Madrid, SP

Materials: Leather & solid brass
Client: Self-initiated
Manufacturer: Self-produced
Edition: Unique pieces *Not available



This project does not start from an interest in the advantages of a material, but from its disadvantages.

Leather is a beautiful material but very inefficient in terms of its manufacturing process due to its natural origins. No matter which tanning process a hide went through, the quality of a piece of leather depends directly on the part of the animal that comes from. The higher the movement, the lower the quality; some experts indicate that just the 13% of a hide is top quality and up to the 43% is considered good quality. This fact means that companies involved in the production of leather goods produce a large amount of discarded materials, leftovers and offcuts.

After extensive material investigations, Jorge Penadés devised a new production method that transforms the apparently worthless waste from leather factories, into an innovative material that is made 100% from an animal source. Any resin or chemical component has been used along the production, carefully considering the environmental impact of the project.

The result is Structural Skin, a material-based experimental project that celebrates the inherent qualities of given skins while defining a new role for leather that had not been previously considered. The strong material language and its visual qualities have been harnessed in a capsule collection, created to emphasize the material’s capabilities beyond the common two-dimensional expressions of leather.

Material properties:
Good tensile strength
Good compressive strength
Good sound isolation
Good heat isolation
Excellent fire retardant
100% organic material
No waste formed during production
Returnable process

Samples available at:
Schaudepot Lab - Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, GER)
Matério (Paris, FR. Brussels, BE. Prague, CZ. Bratislava, SR. Shanghai, CH. Seoul, KR)
Material Lab - California Polytechnic State University (California, USA)
Scin (London, UK)
Materfad (Barcelona, SP)
Materia (Naarden, NL)
Material Lab - University of Texas (Austin, USA)
Material Lab - Brno University of Technology (Brno, CZ)

Credits:
Graphics - Antonio García Cárceles
Photo - Antonio Guzmán & Alberto Feijó
Film - Aitor Baigorri & Jorge Brizuela
TAC Scan - Jorge Díaz Postigo



Structural Skin


Structural Skin


Structural Skin


Structural Skin


Structural Skin


Structural Skin


Structural Skin


Structural Skin