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Fomes: when the mushroom is pretending to be a deer 

Used in the handicrafts of eastern Transylvania, tinder has found a new life in the hands of designer Mari Koppanen. Traditionally used for its resemblance to suede, treated and used in the manufacture of bags and hats, this strange material is now invited into the furniture collection “Fomes.” It consists of two seats with generous shapes evoking those of a mushroom, made of wood and dressed in wool and the famous tinder. “I don’t think you can directly compare tinder to animal leather. I think it’s a material in its own right. Not only because of its performative qualities but because of its cultural historical value,” says the designer.

Lisa Agostini