This is no ordinary chicken coop. Conceptualized by Welsh designer Kieren Jones, the henhouse is part of a micro-factory that processes the uneaten parts of the fowl into clothing and dishware. A unit houses the hapless bird, another prepares its skin for turning into leather, while a third bakes its ground-up bones into fine china. His first products are firmly tongue in cheek: a flight jacket made with tanned patches of chicken leather (“I thought it was quite a nice idea since chickens are flightless birds,” he told LifeStyle:News:Global) and an eggcup.
While Jones’s “chicken facility” isn’t in earnest—at least we don’t think it is—it nevertheless suggests a future where the homesteader’s beak-to-tail philosophy extends to everyday essentials and community-based self-sufficiency is the status quo. (Watch the video above to learn about his inspiration.)
Jones suggests a future where the homesteader’s beak-to-tail philosophy extends to everyday essentials.
If you believe that meat is murder, however, he’s got you covered, too. One of Jones’s upcoming projects is an “urban fruit factory” that enables members of the community to share their backyard and window-box produce and make jam. “The urban food factory would be a slightly modified allotment so that you could go there and process your fruit with other people’s fruit,” he said. “It should be very community-based.”