Recycled leather


Made in

Animal material 63 Board material 31 Circular 223 Composite 100 Fibre 67 Recycled 124 Bone glue 3 Leather 2

Recycled leather
Recycled leather
Recycled leather
Recycled leather
Recycled leather

Photos: Oficina Penadés

Structural Skin

Structural Skin is a self-produced material made out of leftovers and offcuts from the leather industry.

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 it comes from - the higher the movement the lower the quality; some experts indicate that just 13% of a hide is top quality and up to 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 investigation, 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 that has been used in the production has carefully considered the environmental impacts.

The result is Structural Skin, a new material that celebrates the inherent qualities of given skins while defining a new role for leather that has never been previously considered.

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Leather, bone glue

Physical samples

  • 0032-1

Accessible to participants at the Jan van Eyck Academie and during Open Studios.