Walldrobe Wearpaper

Ben Pell’s Walldrobe Wearpaper is a series of thin leather panels that you hang on your wall as you would artwork. When you’re ready to get dressed, you take down your chosen pieces, affix a set of nickel-finished wire snaps to them, and you’re dressed! The system can produce a blouse, a shirt, a skirt, and a pair of shorts. Holes are punched into the leather to make it lighter and more comfortable, except where opacity is necessary for privacy.


“I was interested in looking at ways in which digital fabrication technologies–like the laser cutter or the mill–could be used to flesh out ideas about surface, graphics, and ornament,” says Pell.

Each Walldrobe kit comes with a CD-ROM containing AutoCAD files that direct your laser cutter to etch patterns for garments onto each of the 12 leather panels provided. Aside from the CD and deerskin leather panels, the kit includes snaps and a tool with which to punch holes in the leather.

The kits may be ordered from Pell through his company, PellOverton. A prototype of Walldrobe Wearpaper is also included in “Technology, Performance, Ornament,” an exhibit on view at New York City’s Urban Center Gallery until September 20.

Via Metropolis and ArchRecord.