We are pleased to introduce Pinel, our first beta-version of a flexible, natural based leather like material that is 100% biodegradable. Working with a natural and compostable binder and additatives, this biotechnical composite is both naturally degradable and re-castable. This means a fully circular material.
Copenhagen, 2019 - ongoing
Pine tree needles are until now an unused natural source of fibre, with potential qualities in availability, technical properties and aesthetical narrative. We collect our branches from discarded trees of the Danish christmas tree farmers, as up to 35% of the farmed trees do not make it to the market. This is around 4 million trees - every year!
The materials can be worked with like leather and can be casted in costum defined sizes and thicknesses. Furthermore, it can be sanded, polished 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.
Behind the materials lies a self-designed production process regarding treatment of raw needles, material making, casting as well as drying process for the final leather pieces.
Please contact us for any requiries of the material.