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Furniture Trends: Leather Upholstery on Frames

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Leather on frames, or more specifically, leather that is hung or wrapped around a frame in a sling-like fashion is trending in chair design.

This is often seen on frames which show the crafted joints to emphasise quality and craftsmanship giving a handmade and artisanal feel alongside a Scandinavian aesthetic. The leather can also be hung on metal frames with cut-out sections that reveal the frame like in the Dandy chair above or placed like a removable cushion to create a decorative - and more comfortable - backrest as in the Wood chair below.

What leather can add to an interior

1. From our primitive roots when leather hides were worn as clothes, leather is a material human beings are almost hard-wired to appreciate. Different applications can soften man-made materials such as concrete and steel, bringing warmth to an interior.

2. Leather is also synonymous with luxury, its evocative smell and soft-to-the-touch surface exudes charm. The increasing availability of different finishes and colours mean that leather is no longer the sole domain of the man-cave recliner. 

3. From a practical perspective, leather has a good thermal capacity and, unlike velvet upholstery for example, doesn't attract dust. Leather may feel cold to the touch on initial contact but will quickly warm up to body temperature. It's also breathable which means it allows air & moisture to pass through it, so it doesn't become too hot. As a result it is also more supple, so provides stretch & flexibility when upholstered to the frame & therefore more comfort.

4. Leather is imbued with character as each hide is as unique as the animal it came from. Individual hides can have any manner of marks from fat wrinkles & insect bites to healed scars and scratches which all add to its uniqueness.

5. Leather ages brilliantly. The first scratch can appear as an imperfection, but a well battered leather chair just takes on its own personality and in hospitality venues, speaks of nights well spent & feasts enjoyed with family & friends.

6. Leather is also more durable than PU/PVC. Faux leather will start cracking over the years. In a contract environment you can expect a good 8-10 years longevity for leather, which is likely to outlast a fabric you purchase at the same time.

7. Because leather is vulnerable to staining, finished leather is usually coated with both a colouring pigment and a clear protective layer. This provides significant extra protection allowing spills to be wiped up easily. (Note that you should never use chemicals to clean leather.)

For tips on cleaning leather furniture read our Leather Care and Maintenance Guide or view our post on Contract Upholstery for more specification advice.

Leather on Frames
Savannah Easy Chair

Savannah Easy Chair

Appelle Sling Chair & Table

Appelle Sling Chair & Table

Fox Armchair in Leather

Fox Armchair in Leather

Vincent Armchair

Vincent Armchair

Vincent Armchair Close-up

Vincent Armchair Close-up

Wood Side Chair

Wood Side Chair

Samurai Lounge Chair

Samurai Lounge Chair

Leonor Lounge Chair

Leonor Lounge Chair

Suite Lounge Chair

Suite Lounge Chair

Marimba Collection

Marimba Collection

Pelle Chairs

Pelle Chairs

Topics: Upholstery, Furniture trends

By Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth on 12/11/18 10:35
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