a design project by Tobias Trübenbacher
Due to large-scale livestock farming and industrial slaughter methods the prices for animal products decreased extremely in the past decades. As a result only the tastiest and easiest to prepare parts of an animal are actually used. That goes as far as today less then half of an animal is really further processed after slaughter. All the rest goes to „animal rendering plants“ and thus more or less directly to the garbage can.
But are such slaughter „by-products“ really nothing more than waste? Is our rejective attitude towards these materials justified and legitimate? Or shouldn’t we, if we really have to kill an animal, at least appreciate all of its resources instead?
Based on these questions Tobias Trübenbacher initiated his latest project INNER VALUES. The result are two seating furnitures out of tanned and further processed cow-intestines and pig-bladders, transformed to soft seating leather. Thereby the former repulsive, negatively connoted appeal of the supposed „waste products“ is being replaced and instead charged with opposite values. The materials are advancing to become something beautiful, inviting and supple, which people like to explore and to be close to.