Studio Sarmite‘Latvian designer Sarmite Polakova is using the bark from pine trees to make rugs and other interior products in her project PineSkins’
Tree bark has been used to make a variety of products from spices and flavourings for food, cork, medicines and poisons to wall-coverings, latex, resin, cloth and ropes. As seen at Ventura Future during Milan Design Week, Amsterdambased Latvian designer Sarmite Polakova is using the bark from pine trees to make rugs and other interior products in her project PineSkins, which she began working on during her studies at Design Academy Eindhoven.
Polakova’s interest in material research and storytelling drove her to find ways to demonstrate that that there is more to the pine tree than its cheap timber. To make the rugs and related products, freshly harvested pine bark is treated with a bio-softening solution, which turns it into a soft, leather-like material. To keep the bark looking natural but also durable, it is enhanced with colour pigments and coated with wax. Inspired by the lines and shapes of trees in forests, the rug, basket, coaster and vase pay tribute to the beauty of the material in its multiple forms. LU www.studiosarmite.com
01 PineSkins rugs by Sarmite Polakova