leather rug patchwork

TITLE | leather lag patchwork
DATE | 2023.2
TYPE | furniture, process
COLLABORATION | Azusa Jin/SOLO・Yoshiaki Kobayashi
PHOTO | Ichiro Mishima

Bags, shoes, chairs, sofa, etc. These everyday items are made from leathers.
How about finding new values in remnants from the manufacturing process of these items?
I first started a research on cows, which has the highest distribution volume among cows, pigs, sheep, horses, etc..
At bag factories, they need small parts to make their products, so cutting leather using molds is like a kind of puzzle. They can use every tiny inch, which means it is hard to recycle its offcuts. Those scraps like the left of a plastic model kit require a lot of effort to sort and use.
Next, when we investigated the sofa upholstery factory, we found that the surrounding areas after using the area in the center largely, are too small to be used as upholstery.
These surrounding areas are the cow’s belly, armpits, and limbs. They have rough fiber density besides it’s thin and unevenness. These are the reasons why they are difficult to handle. Also, areas with scratches or discoloration were avoided.
In this manufacturing process, only large-sized unblemished leather is considered valuable, but from a different perspective, all the leathers are made up in the same process.
I designed a patchwork rug by sewing these good quality scraps together. I believe that a value can be created here too.
New value was designed by thoroughly enhancing the beauty of the details, such as carefully sewing the overlapping edges, positioning the stitches at the very edge, and minimizing the pitch.

TITLE | 革の敷物 パッチワーク
DATE | 2023.2
TYPE | 家具デザイン、プロセス
DESIGN | 河内尚子
PHOTO | 三嶋一路