Kingdom: Vegetabile.


“This project focuses on the relationship between humans and trees beyond the limited, economic view of trees as commodities. Beneath the thick and hard character of the outer bark, the Pine’s inner bark actually has leather-like properties. This soft material has a lifespan of up to two years, which this design approach acknowledges. In response, decay becomes a part of the product, which implies that it changes shape with time and use. After its lifespan, the products can return to the soil and enrich it for the next growth.

The design shows different applications while considering their environmental implications. A goal is to strike a balance between reality and fiction, to suggest that new realities are ready to emerge beyond the current, limited way of regarding trees as commodities. This narrative is represented by the objects, organized in seasonal contexts and limited by using the material from a single tree.” (Sarmīte Poļakova, 2015)

Material Qualities

Kingdom Attributes

  • Matte
  • Textured
  • Warm
  • Expendable
  • Rough
  • Discontinue Surface Pattern
  • Light
  • Irregular

Specific Material Attributes

  • Translucent
  • Sonorous
  • Cheap
  • Fluffy
  • Warm
  • Flexible
  • Bumpy
  • Colorless
  • Airy
  • Functional

Basic Ingredients

  • Agar Powder
  • Sugar
  • Water


Sarmīte Poļakova

Eindhoven, Netherlands


Images property of the material owners.

– Poļakova, S. (2015) A Story About A Pine Tree: The Full Potential Of A Natural Resource. Retrieved from