Having analysed the traditional use of natural materials, designer Mantas Lesauskas has explored alternatives to the use of materials of animal origin, such as fish-leather. Even though these substances are a by-product of the seafood industry, the ethical dilemma of using them still exists. In the face of the Anthropocene era, Lesauskas’ goal is to glorify and honour the end of life in the best and most beautiful possible form of supposed “reincarnation” as if standing on a pedestal.
By combining ethically sourced materials such as Arapaima fish leather with polished edges of patinated steel sheets for the “Arapaima” Console, the designer seeks to inspire us to rethink our being and the impermanence of life.
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