Upholstery fabric. Concept 2009.

Wear and tear of materials tell stories about how products have been used; about how we leave traces in our surroundings. We appreciate aging of wood, stone and leather, and call it patina. But textiles, on the other hand, we throw away as soon as the first thread breaks. Could it be possible to make a fabric that grows beautiful with wear and tear? Underskog has a hidden pattern that is slowly revealed as the fabric is being worn. This way the user will influent the furniture’s appearance over time. The fabric consists of two layers; the top layer is a homogeneous velvet, while the deeper satin layer has a floral pattern.

The concept prototype has been woven by Siri Espeseth.

View an Underskog video here.

 Photo credits: Kristine Bjaadal