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The Fish Skin Stool & Rug.

Project Re-Sea Me by Studio Nienke Hoogvliet.

Narrated by Nienke herself.

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The Re-Sea Me is the continuation of the project Sea Me. To show the duality between plastic waste in the oceans and the sustainable materials the oceans have to offer. With this project the studio have continued their research for materials out of the sea.

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With this project we would like to raise awareness for the waste issues that we have with our Oceans. We have tried to show the beauty of materials out of the sea in the hope to inspire people to work with them more often.

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We discovered that fish skins that are a waste product of the fishing industry can also be made into beautiful leather which in fact can be used for creating consumer products.

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We went to fish shops to collect their waste and discovered a way of tanning the skins without any chemicals. By using an old technique, that requires a lot of manual labour, we were able to create a strong, sustainable and beautiful material that can be used like regular leather.

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To show the abilities of the leather, we designed a small stool with fish leather seating. To continue the SEA ME collection, we also designed a conceptual rug where the fish leather is sown into a discarded fishing net.

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For this project we used salmon skins, but almost any kind of fish can be used to make leather. While the tanning process was done by hand now, we believe it also has the potential to be produced at a larger scale.

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A conceptual design studio from the Netherlands. With a focus on sustainability and new materials, the Studio tries to raise awareness for certain issues like the pollution of the oceans. The Studio is known for the projects Sea Me (seaweed yarn) and RE – Sea Me (natural fish leather) where Nienke researched sustainable materials from the sea. Nienke works from her studio in Delft, Netherlands.

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