Natural Material Studio
Conifer tree needles are until now an unused natural source of fibre, with potential qualities in availability, technical properties and aesthetical narrative.
This ongoing research with conifer needles has turned into a flexible, leather like material. Working with a natural and compostable binder and additatives, this biotechnical composite is degradable and re-castable.
The materials can be worked with like leather and can be casted in costum defined sizes and thicknesses. Furthermore, it can be sanded and treated like wood. This kind of bio material fusions two traditional handcrafting fields and opens up a completely new category within textiles and upholstery.
These four kinds represent a first prototype collection. The warm green is the original expression using dryed needles and branches. The brown version is a result of only working with branches and bark. The dark brown is heat treated needles, giving it a classic and elegant look. And the blue-white marbled shows the exploration into colour dying with natural pigments.
Behind the materials lies a self designed making process regarding treatment of raw needles, material making, casting as well as drying process for the final leather pieces.
Please don't hesitate getting in touch regarding collaborations and usages of this material.
By Bonnie Hvillum
Exploring the future of overseen matter
Phone: +45 40 59 51 95
Østbanegade 41, basement
2100 Copenhagen Ø