Lino Leather, the new vegan leather
The symbol of fast-growing eco-friendly fashion that we have already mentioned in le H&M Design Award 2019 in “Concept 3” of the Standard Theme with another vegan leather, Wine Leather, Vegea (see page 89), vegan leather has become the new Holy Grail for designers in search of materials combining synthetic manufacture and a beautiful aesthetic. The latest version to date? Lino Leather created by designer Don Kwaning.
Leather born of lino
This famous Lino Leather is the result of many experiments conducted with linoleum, better known as lino, the same material that is normally used to provide an inexpensive floor covering that is able to withstand intensive use. This new double-sided version can also incidentally present the same finish on each side thanks to the textile layer placed in the centre.
Composed of a mix of plant-based oils and resins, it may also be tinted to create different colour finishes. “Linoleum is an overlooked material,” Kwaning told the website Dezeen. “It is a material with great future potential. Many people don’t even know it’s made from only natural materials,” he adds.
A multifaceted leather
In its first version, Lino Leather appears like a thick vegan leather that can be folded and given a honeycomb-like structure. It has particularly been used in interior design to create wall panels and has noteworthy acoustic qualities. In the second version, Lino Leather is similar to leather found on horse saddles, for example. It is a supple material, very often used for commercial applications.
Both examples were part of the designer’s graduation project presented during the exhibition organised by the Design Academy Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week. His other project, Medulla, focused on creating eco-friendly packaging and design materials from plants. A great source of raw materials of tomorrow for designers.