Boiled-leather products by Simon Hasan



A range of products made from boiled leather by designer Simon Hasan is on show at the Royal College of Art Show Two in London, which closes tomorrow.


Hasan has so far applied the process to make a range of vases and two stool designs, Bambi and Twist.


He stretches and wraps the leather around wooden moulds before immersing it in boiling water.


The process, an ancient technique once used to make armour, alters the tannin and collagen fibres in the leather and results in a rigid material that becomes the only structurual support for the objects.


The legs of the Twist stool (below) are made by twisting the leather around tubes, which are removed once the material has hardened.


The hollow seat of the Bambi stool (below) is made from a single piece of leather to demonstrate the rigidity of the material.


The following text is from Hasan:


Vase Family

Hand-stitched boiled leather, resin, acrylic

The use of leather bottles, blackjacks and bombards in the 16th & 17th centuries was the starting point for this ongoing investigation of process, form, and craft.


The contemporary reverence for leather is rejected in favour of a more brutal approach, which sees the material boiled and stretched to achieve compelling forms and rigidity. Hand stitching and brogueing are combined with industrial patent finishes to explore how traditional techniques can be freed from the staid world of bespoke leathergoods.


Each vase is unique, as the moulds are disassembled following each production.


Bambi & Twist Stools

Boiled Leather, Steel

These stools demonstrate how leather, once the industrial material of its age, can again be used for industrial applications.

The self-supporting Twist stool only contains a ring frame in the seat, which is necessary to hand-form the leather over, before boiling. The structural integrity comes from the processed material itself.


The Bambi stool is based upon industrial steel sections and is formed by wrapping leather around moulds before boiling. The mould is removed after processing, so that a hollow seat remains.


A bar stool and chair version of Bambi is in development.



Posted on Friday July 4th 2008 at 5:29 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • K. Rimane

    why keep repeating the word “stool” under which appears to be some sort of a case! or is the thought to be vase is the stool?
    nice idea that can be further perfected. i like the mix of earth colors.

  • rebecca

    strong concept, but most importantly- good touch. This guy is talented. I think the table is a bit ugly, but those vases are spectacular! very well thought out- interesting from many positions: ecologically, processwise in terms of a revelation of historical methods, and desire- Desire is the most important one.
    Very beautiful..

  • Tyler

    Great stuff. Recently DB posted about charlotte kingsnorht’s chair

  • Ben

    this must be nominated the ugliest ever posted on dezeen … don’t like it at all

  • edward

    While leather was a common material in pre-industrial times, used in a variety of ways, today it has a luxury connotation which these pieces cleverly exploit. Nice work.

  • andresr

    I completely agree… great concept, horrible table (doesn’t really follow the same line as the rest of the products). I’d love to see what comes next, because (at least in my opinion) this seems to be the beginning stage of a whole lot of experimenting. I’d like to see larger scale projects, maybe bookshelves? suitcases? etc

  • i rikie!!!

  • caneda

    Truly beautiful, unique, unexpected … one of my favorites when I went to the show. Ben might want to see them life before such strong and nonconstructive feedback. It is particularly interesting the mix of dry/wet touch of glossy color, and the shaped memories of other familiar objects. The feeling of it being wood-like, ceramic-like, plastic-like … all of it at the same time, its captivating. Congratulations Simon.

  • omar

    this is hideous!!

  • rebecca

    Sorry to throw in my comments twice here, but- I’m totally obsessed with the feeling and idea of these.. Caneda yes it is totally about the wet glossy plus leather feeling-. Woodlike, Ceramic-Like Totally weird, ultimately Rough/Elegant. I’m obsessed with these things.

  • extra

    The vases are completely amazing!

  • davor

    one word:

  • cpcp

    these are great! especially the table and the stool!!!!

    yes a bit ugly but the potential here is huge – I can just see this technique bieng used on things like assa ashuach’s ‘upica’ sofa and ‘501 chair’ and other self-supporting-structure-inspired furniture

    just imagine the possibilities!!
    great concept great execution

  • cedric

    ok, so the process has some vague merit. but do something sexy with it!!
    these are ugly as hell. and the table is useless.

  • God

    the stools stink, feels a bit like someone tried to throw in a few projects last-minute… the vases though are unique and very iconic. Also one of my favourite projects at this year’s RCA show…

  • WOW!!
    I have never seen any thing like this before!!
    I have never even heard about it.
    It looks so cool!!