Structural Skin

Developed from circular design thinking, Structural Skin is a material created by Spanish designer Jorge Penadés from the offcuts of the leather industry.

While leather is a beautiful material, it generates considerable waste during its production. This is because of quality control during the manufacturing process, where only 13% of hide is deemed as ‘top quality’, and a maximum of 43% is deemed ‘good quality’. The remaining hide is typically discarded.

Penadés sees value in this discarded hide, and in offcuts from the leather industry, and uses them to create a new and robust material called Structural Skin. Using resin, the leather offcuts moulded and compressed, creating a material which is strong enough to support a number of furniture items and interior objects.

To learn about the material, please contact the Building Centre's Content Editor, Anna Marks,