Product design, Bachelor thesis 2013, 5 months


As a child, being given a piece of leather to make something from was like getting a lump of gold. Discovering that tonns of the material is burned every year, right in my back yard, was therefore a big surprise. This is the story of how this waste became value again.
Andreas Møller showed me around the tannery in Flekkefjord where he was manager. He was right. They had all sorts of waste, in all sorts of forms. From hair that was scraped of the skins to layers of fat from the animals. The smell of chemicals mixed with the odd scent from once living cows still come back to me when I smell the leather sometimes. I had begun preparing for a rather smelly semester when we arrived to one of the last stops: the sorting bench. This is where the finished piece of leather is checked for imprefections; tears, warts, insect bites and so on. The affected areas are cut off, thrown away and burned. Sometimes the whole piece is considered useless. BINGO.
After hours of smelling, cutting, knitting, braiding, graining, and boiling, the material lines was born from the pile of offcuts from Aarenes tannery. The strips of leather is put together and fastened on a string or rod. The result is a soft and sturdy material that absorbs sound and and forms after your body.
Lines uses of the edges of the leather in stead of the surface, as the imprefections here is the reason for it being thrown away in the first place.
Lines has been exhibited at Stockholm furniture fair and Designers saturday, and was awarded the G9alt-grant from Sparebank 1 SR-bank in 2014 .
It takes a good amount of tests, both rather good and totally catastrofic, in order to reach something you can work with. 

Here are some of mine.
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