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HAIR IT IS

These designers use human hair instead of wood to create objects

  • Siyi Chen
By Siyi Chen

Video Journalist

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What if we could use human hair to replace finite materials used in luxury design, such as wood, horn and tortoiseshell?

A team of designers from Studio Swine decided to experiment with this idea. As you can see in the video above, they combined hair with a natural resin to create a moldable material. Then they used it to make home furnishings and accessories, such as combs. The hair creates a beautiful pattern that makes the material resemble polished horn or exotic hardwood.

Although the material isn’t intended for mass production, the designers said it could be used on a mass scale. And that could mean a lot to countries like China, for example, which is one of the world’s biggest importers of tropical hardwood—and exporters of human hair. 

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