About Our Leather Furniture
Alongside wood, leather is one of the oldest materials used by man, although today's soft and colourful leathers scarcely resemble the simple stuff of our early forebears, which was similar to that still made by today's Eskimos who chew animal skins to make them supple.
The laborious and elaborate processes of turning a relatively raw animal skin into luxurious leather makes it an expensive option for upholstery. There are many types of leather, the best being cattle or horse hide. Pigskin and sheepskin nappa are also viable alternatives but less popular due to their smaller size and decreased durability. There are a wide number of finishes, coatings and embossed textures available, the finest for upholstery being vat-dyed aniline hide. For more structural uses, such as sling seats, bridle leather can look good, especially if saddle-stitched.
Leather does have almost romantic qualities that no other material can offer - even its lingering fragrance is evocative of the quality of bygone eras. Like wood, it can look even better when aged and battered. It is also very practical - only the un-coated beautiful aniline leathers stain.
About Our US Supplier
Founded in 1994, the tannery division has been operating for more than 15 Years. From the beginning, our main philosophy was to be recognized by our customers as a supplier of premium quality leather which is made by precise craftsmanship. That serves as a main reason for not using any domestically produced hides, as we believe they do not adhere to our requirements. All our hides are purchased from producers located in USA, Australia and Europe. Over the years the division has received major investments that were spent for importing up-to-date manufacturing technologies from Italy and Germany. We realize our responsibilities and take pride in stating that our daily tanning operations are carried out in a truly environmentally friendly manner.
About Our Leather
We only buy American Hides. American cattle are much larger and better fed and cared for. Therefore, the hides are thicker and have much higher quality. Does our leather appear to have blemishes in it? You BET! These are natural characteristics of leather. Examples of the characteristics are scars, veining, wrinkles or even insect bites. This adds to the natural beauty of leather. In some cases there are colour variations. These can occur within the same hide. These are all indications genuineness of the leather and should not be considered a flaw. It should be seen as a mark of true, high quality leather.
Our leather can be classified under 6 main category: vintage, top grain, pull-ups, corrected grain, embossed grain and leather split.
Split: Leather made from the lower (inner or flesh side) layers of a hide that have been split away from the upper, or grain layers.
Full Grain: Leather whose top (outermost) layers have been left intact, in contrast to split leather. Top Grain aniline leather is a type of leather in which high quality hides have been treated with aniline as a dye, this produces a delicate, soft supple leather typically leather is colored both for aeschetic reasons and to conceal blemishes, however anilineleather is not colored, it is transparent chemical , this allows the leather to breathe better making the leather more comfortable in both hot and cold weather.
Corrected Grain: Leather that has been buffed to remove blemishes, then covered with a new, artificial grain created using pigments and other finishes.
Embossed Grain: Leather that has been "stamped" with a design or artificial texture under very high pressure. Used, example, to create imitation alligator hide.
Pull-Up: Describes the behavior of leather that has been treated with oils, waxes, and dyes in such a way that when the leather is pulled or stretches, the finish becomes lighter in the stretches areas and then returns to its natural state. These treatments add a distinct depth and life to the leather, which changes its appearances as the furniture ages and alters though use. this makes them perfect as coverings for more traditional upholstery designs, especially those include antiquated nail heads. Pull up will exhibit all the natureal characteristics of fine leathers such as variations in grain and colouration as well as the natural hallmarks of the animal 's history. This is considered a mark of high quality.
Vintage: Leather is treated with unique hand finishing processes and "tanning" for the leather. Creating distressed look and superficial surface cracks without affecting the integrity of the leather. Irregularities are preserved and no two pieces are ever alike.
About Our Wooden Frame
We only use Birch. Solid Birch gives our furniture a much stronger and durable frame. Large steel bolts are used to hold the frames together instead of staples. We believe steel bolts with washer offer "metal on metal" stability and durability.
Most of our support or foundation use Sinuous Steel Springs (also known as No-Sag). This type of foundation offers the most consistently comfortable seating. The mechanisms we used on our chairs are leggett & Platt motion and mechanisms whenever possible.
More than design in classical styles, what we are going to see in this section are models that recover forms from other periods and that are reinterpreted in contemporary design. They are generally more static or less suggestive in their movements. Elegance is another fundamental feature that is marked by their lines and often by the use of rich materials, high-quality fabrics, printed or even brocade, or noble leathers. They are those sofas with rounded armrests and backs that are of the same height as these or, on the contrary, much higher. They tend to be of an open structure and not to dispose of accessories. Design from yesterday and for always designed by, among others, Eileen Gray or the Emaf Progetti studio, among others, which are reminiscent of the past, but contemporary at the same time.