Material Monday: Wood Leather

Material Monday: Wood Leather

Posted 6 February by Nirvana CPH

Wood Leather is an innovative material developed by designer Merlene Huissoud that uses a novel combination of materials: honey bee bioresin and silk. Her process creates a sustainable, paper-thin leather that is entirely organic.

The silkworm cocoon is composed by a thread of raw silk which represents hundreds of layers of fibres which contain a natural glue called Sericin. Sericin is a resinous substance and acts as a natural “glue” when temperature activated to bond it tightly to the bee resin creating a strong, leather-like material.

Soft and very light due to the thinness of the material with a naturally matte surface, wood leather provides a sustainable leather alternative which can be used in furniture, interior design, packaging and fashion accessories. Relatively new to the market there is a wide array of possibilities to still be explored but Wood leather ticks all the boxes as a sustainable alternative to luxury materials: it is natural, organic, 100% recyclable and biodegradable.

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