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Structural Skin: Explorations with Discarded Leather

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A few years ago, Jorge Penadés began to look at leather in a different way. So much of each leather hide produced is discarded after it’s deemed not a high enough quality for luxury goods resulting in enormous amounts of waste. That led the Madrid-based Penadés to explore a new production method that turns the offcuts, with the addition of resin, into a new material for home furnishings, called Structural Skin. The latest products produced are a series of mirrors and table lamps that bring the once-discarded leather back to life in a whole new way.

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Photos by Brenda Germade.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.