Vegan AppleSkin™ Leather is a new, bio-based upholstery material that offers an exciting new option for those searching for a quality alternative to leather. Formed by upcycling discarded fruit fiber into a durable covering that retains the classic aesthetic of natural leather, the material is a standout addition to sustainability in modern furniture design.
The award-winning design process behind Vegan AppleSkin™ Leather means that every piece of upholstered furniture comes with a built-in story that begins with sustainability and eco-innovation. Designed and manufactured in Italy, the material was created as a way to re-purpose food waste generated by the country’s apple orchard and juicing industries. The manufacturing process combines recycled fruit fiber—apple cores and peels—with artificial components, resulting in a vegan, bio-based material that is OEKO-TEK® Certified sustainable for low environmental impact.
Gus* Modern has introduced Vegan Appleskin™ Leather in two custom colours—Cognac and Licorice—developed in collaboration with the Italian manufacturer to evoke the look and feel of natural leather with a distinctly modern aesthetic. The material will be available on select Gus* Modern seating designs, including the popular MIX Modular Collection and Truss Chair, which offer a variety of design possibilities to suit any space.