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Fendi Makes Luxury Furniture From Upcycled Food Industry Refuse [Pics]

High-end fashion house tasks designers with unconventional materials like a cow bladder, and fish skin, for its furniture pieces.

Yi Chen
Yi Chen on June 13, 2012. @yiiee


Since 2009, the high-end luxury brand has been commissioning designers to reuse its leather scraps to upcycle them into fashionable items. Recently, Fendi invited Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin who have taken a unique approach to the project. The designers have paired Fendi’s lush leather with discarded animal waste to create a series of furniture pieces.

Trimarchi and Farresin from the Dutch design studio Formafantasma, have turned a cow bladder into a water bottle; a stool covered in salmon skin with a large sponge for a cushion; and kitchen knives made from cow bone. The items are minimalistic in design and have an almost tribal feel about them.

The designers explains that:

Leather as a material has the ability to evoke almost ancestral memories of when nature was hunted to produce food, tools and protection for the body. Searching underneath and above the sea, from the vegetal to the animal world, the installation offers a holistic view on leather as a material.

Click through the thumbnails below to see more images of the inspired designs.

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