Forget Me Knot, a human skin ring

Sruli Recht is known to use special leather and skin in his designs, for example the wild reindeer pleated boot and shark skin gloves. But this DesignMarch he really caught our attention, he used his own skin to make a ring. This is not for the faint hearted.

In a documented one-time surgery-performance, a plastic surgeon removed a 110mm x 10mm strip of skin from the abdomen of Sruli Recht. The subcutaneous tissue and epidermis was then scraped from the dermis, which is stripped of fat by hand and blade, before being salted, and tanned with an Alum solution. The resulting leather from the dermis was prepared for use in the ring, Forget Me Knot.

Forget Me Knot, SR661, Nov/Dec 2012, 1 of 1 Anthropodermic leather and 24 carat gold €350,000

Here is a video from the the surgery performance (NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED!):


The Sruli Recht studio is a cross-discipline practice caught somewhere between product design, tailoring and shoe making. Based in Reykjavík, the studio rose to notoriety as it began in 2008 to produce one “non-product” every month from umbrellas to bulletproof scarves, tables, to belts and boots, and incorporating such materials as concrete, diamonds, skin and wool. The studio produces two seasonal menswear lines per year.

His designs are very special, but some might find his use of skin/leather controversial.

Here are some of his other designs we find interesting:

1. Sharkskin Glove € 720

2. Dork Whalet a single piece leather wallet, laser cut from Minke Dork, € 1,850-

3. The Steep Incline, Hight Boot, wild reindeer pleatedd boot, € 680

4. One-Piece Cap Sandle, horse skin cap sandal, € 450




3 Discussions on
“Forget Me Knot, a human skin ring”
  • ..I appreciate the Forget Me Not Ring action considering the fact that the artists uses the skin of other animals. I find the skin of other animals unfair appropriated, in all other cases except if they were found dead. Is that a case?

    Or the ring could have been bigger? Just like the size of the shoe/s…

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