Leather makes for a luxurious interior when it comes to cars, but it also makes for a lot of waste. Any leather with a slight wrinkle or scratch is discarded, and maximizing the leather hide to create as many pieces as possible can be difficult because of the organic shape that the leather arrives in. According to Studio Simone Post, 40% of each cowhide is thrown away, an astounding and sad fact. In an effort to epicycle these otherwise perfectly usable leather offcuts, the Dutch textile and product designer collaborated with Studio Yoon Seok-Hyeon to create Four-Tenths, a collection of beanbags made with discarded leather scraps from Hungary, GOTS-certified ecological cotton from Turkey, and recycled polyester and mattress foam from The Netherlands.
The beanbags give value to leather scrap material that might have been destined for the landfills. You can even see the offcuts of automotive parts, which gives the beanbags their unique graphic pattern. The beanbags are available in two colorways and three sizes.
This collaboration was supported by the DUTCH CREATIVE INDUSTRIES FUND as part of the program called ‘Bouwen aan Talent.’
Photos by Mathijs Labadie.