Canadian furniture designer Gus* Modern recently revealed its Fall 2020 collection, which includes couches and lounge chairs made with innovative Vegan AppleSkin Leather. The material is manufactured in Italy from the byproducts of the apple juice industry—such as cores and peels—to create a durable leather that mimics its animal skin-derived counterpart.
“We’re excited to launch an innovative, vegan material that’s created with upcycled components,” Anthony Santino, Vice President of Sales at Gus* Design Group, said. “This new bio-based material saves apple peels and cores from going to landfills and is a harmonious addition to our other eco-friendly options [such as] Forest Stewardship Council-Certified wood and cushion fill made from recycled plastic bottles.”
Gus Modern is showcasing its new collection in two colors—cognac and licorice—by digital appointment at its Toronto corporate showroom. The furniture company sells its collections at more than 150 retailers in North America, South America, Asia, and Australia.
Apple-based vegan leather is a versatile material that can be used in a number of industries. In May, actress and vegan activist Pamela Anderson partnered with French fashion brand Ashoka Paris to release a line of handbags made from AppleSkin in a variety of colors and styles.