About 60 percent of Japan’s apples grow in Aomori Prefecture, and as with any agricultural crop, the region also generates a significant amount of production waste, particularly as the fruits are squeezed and pressed for juice. The designers at Sozai Center engineered a new technology that recycles the leftover pomace into an elegant fabric called “Adam.”
In collaboration with KOMORU Corporation and M&T, the center gathers leftover matter from local farmers and fashions translucent sheets speckled with deep red flecks from a powder of stems, skins, and cores. Water-resistant and durable enough for frequent washing, “Adam” is suitable for garments and furniture. In addition to selling the raw fabric, Sozai Center also designed a small wallet and crossbody pouch for everyday use.
Shotaro Oshima, the studio’s director, shares that the team is currently working on creating boards from scallops and straw waste. Follow the latest developments on Instagram. (via designboom)