The Tartufo Collection, a stool and a bench, celebrates some of the intrinsic qualities of vegetable-tanned leather. The pieces explore an ancient chemical colouring technique in which a Vinegaroon liquid, white wine vinegar and steel, reacts with the tannin inside the leather. Originally this 2000 year old technique was used to dye leather black. However my experiments with subtle changes in the Vinegaroon concentration against the tanning recipe for the leather has resulted in a collection of unexpected colour variations. In addition to the leather, Vinagaroon reacts with oak wood too, to create a similar colouring effect unifying all elements of the design. In the collection, leather is approached as a structural element. Grooves in the oak frames facilitate tension in the leather to create a pared back and tension held structure. Tartufo Collection is created for the international design competition Craft the Leather, organized by Consorzio Vera Pelle Italiana Conciata al Vegetale in 2018.
Materials: vegetable tanned leather, oak wood
Dimension: stool: 35x35x45cm
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