Zvnder, plant-derived leather, next-gen leather, alternative leather.
Zvnder
Material Name: 

FUNGISKIN

Biomimicry: 

Leather

Main Input: 

Plant-derived

Founded: 

2017

HQ: 

Germany

TRL: 

3

Founder(s): 

Nina Fabert

Website: 
About the Company

ZVNDER was founded in 2017 by designer Nina Fabert after material studies and research on processing of tinder fungus (Fomes fomentarius).

Material

FUNGISKIN is cut from a single mushroom body and varies in size, color, and shape accordingly. It cannot be produced in large sheets. Because it is an entirely natural product, FUNGISKIN shows traces of use over time and is sensitive to moisture and dirt. According to the company, FUNGISKIN feels soft due to its high air content, which also gives it insulating properties.

Technology

ZVNDER sources tinder fungus (Fomes fomentarius) from local artists from the Transylvanian region in Romania, who have been harvesting this mushroom since the 1850s. In the Berlin- based ZVNDER studio, FUNGISKIN is used in handmade products, based on the characteristics of each piece and according to the motto: form follows material. No chemicals are used in the production process. Coatings and cotton backings are sometimes used to protect the material from moisture and to make it more durable.

Applications

Accessories, Footwear.

Selected Brand Partnerships

COILEX used Zvnder fungus leather to create the nat-2™ vegan sneaker line. The sneakers are made by hand in Italy from tinder fungus, microfiber suede from recycled PET bottles, cork insoles, and rubber outsoles.

Sneaker made with FUNGSKIN by Zvnder.

Wallet made with FUNGSKIN by Zvnder.

Cap made with FUNGSKIN by Zvnder.

Images: Zvnder.