Tuesday, January 17, 2012

  Where Fashion Meets Flooring

I recently came across a relatively new flooring concept that I wanted to share.  It combines my two loves...Fashion and Design.  Designer Inghua Ting has created exclusive floor tile designs using recycled vintage leather belts.  Ting, a Royal College of Art educated designer, who worked in Japan and is now located in London, took her interest in sustainability and used it toward creating a new product utilizing old materials.

Each belt is hand selected to ensure a high grade of leather, and then the belts are stripped of their metals, hand cleaned with chemical free substances and prepared for use.
The belts are bonded to reconstituted leather backing as the tile base, creating a uniform leather product.  ~ Ting London   http://tinglondon.com/     

Modular flooring is available in 12"x12" or 18"x18" tile sizes to create a unique, glossy, "hardwood flooring look".

As for the question of durability...In a recent article written by Wendy Cole of the Chicago Tribune, Ting assured readers that the durability is "pretty much the same (as wood flooring), because as time passes and feet pass over the leather, it develops its own patina". 
In addition to flooring, the leather belt designs are suitable for a variety of other uses, including rugs, wall surfaces, tables, and bar tops. 

Stairs utilizing Leather Belts
Leather Belt Rug

For further information on Ting flooring, visit the website http://tinglondon.com

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  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog -- glad you like the ring.

  2. Woah! That floor is made out of leather belts? That is too cool. :)

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  3. VERY cool concept...I can totally see this in a home here in Austin!

  4. I was going to say I liked the first gold ring, and then the cuff bracelet, and then... it kept going. Beautiful jewelry!