Modular Flooring From Recycled Leather Belts
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Modular Flooring From Recycled Leather Belts


You wouldn’t think from looking at the flooring from TING London that the modular tiles are made from vintage leather belts until you notice the characteristic belt holes. The amazing flooring looks so luxurious with the added bonus that no two tiles are alike. The tiles work out to $75 per square foot. The environmentally friendly approach extends to the use of reconstituted leather backing with a water-based glue.

Inghua Ting is the designer behind the company who responded to the challenge of producing sustainable designs. She not only designs for the home but also has other accessory collections. – Via

 

8 comments

  • Hoechstetter Interiors December 24, 2008 at 11:18 AM Login to Reply →

    What a marvelous idea! This would be great as wallcovering, too.

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  • ConcepTrends December 28, 2008 at 13:10 PM Login to Reply →

    Nice but be serious! There are a lot of belts there and where can we found so many belts?

  • clik212 January 1, 2009 at 16:55 PM Login to Reply →

    How is the floor protected and sealed from humidity, spills etc.

  • CW January 10, 2009 at 16:32 PM Login to Reply →

    That looks really neat, but I agree, where do you get so many belts to recycle, and the price is really very steep – a 12×12 kitchen would cost almost $11,000 just in flooring materials. And how does it hold up to wear and tear?

  • Hoechstetter Interiors January 12, 2009 at 10:53 AM Login to Reply →

    ConcepTrends, you don’t find the belts, the manufacturer of the flooring does, and makes the tiles out of them. The post says they are vintage belts, but they could just as easily be manufacturers’ overstock or the like.

    CW, yes, this is fairly expensive flooring – but it’s clearly intended for a high end clientele, not for the masses. Part of the reason for the high cost is precisely that the materials are not as readily available as many others.

    Cost is a matter of perspective, too. Earlier this year, I worked on an admittedly huge master bedroom, and the carpet we specified was going to run close to $48,000 installed – in *one* room. I could also show you plenty of tile that runs to $150 or more per linear foot – not even per square foot.

    You would protect a leather floor from moisture and spills the same way you’d protect your shoes and purses – with leather conditioner and waterproofing. Applied right, it should repel just about anything, certainly for long enough to be able to clean it up without a stain.

    Leather floors also wear like iron – one of the best possible flooring alternatives if you’re looking for sheer durability. They’re also warm and cushiony, and generally ecologically friendly.

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