Leather in Unexpected Places
Fifteen years ago, Ken and I decided we wanted to do something different in our kitchen and came up with this crazy idea of hand making a custom leather range hood. We went to NYC and bought a skein of leather, some black and brass upholstery tacks, and a really sharp cutting razor. My years of sewing came in handy as we painstakingly made the pattern and nervously sliced into a very expensive hide. It took three of us to glue it to the wood hood, and we covered the seams with strips of rolled leather secured by the upholstery tacks we found in the garment district. We were thrilled with the final result and have been specifying it in our designs ever since. Today the hood looks as perfect as the day we put it in. Leather is elegant, luxurious, and very popular this year.
Cabinet Door Inserts
You will be seeing more leather being used in cabinetry, countertops, and furniture. Mixing it with wood in the kitchen cabinetry adds beautiful texture and interest to the kitchen design.
Last week we were playing with these fun looks for a client. The black and white is a striking contrast with texture.
Leather Furniture and Closet Design
Leather is one of those materials that can work well in both modern and traditional designs. It can be used for shelving and countertops and is quite beautiful when used as a back panel in a wall unit. This dresser with studded drawer fronts was made for the Hafele hardware display at KBIS. The countertop is also in leather.