It’s no secret why today’s designers and designer lovers are drawn to the irresistible, timeless quality of leather. A staple in decor and clothing for centuries, this versatile material is both beautiful to see and to feel; a durable and long-lasting addition to any design. Like an excellent pair of jeans or a well-made oriental carpet, leather only gets better with age, its markings and wear over time telling a story and only adding to its innate charm. At once modern and traditional, it is a natural material that adds warmth and texture to whatever it adorns.
From leather-upholstered chairs to lamps decorated with leather cord, here are ten of our favorite contemporary leather-centric designs.
Crafted outside of Austin, Texas, this beautifully simple leather chair is the product of a collaboration between metalworker Kelly DeWitt and leather-working studio Canoe.
This pendant lamp from Anaesthetic updates a classic design by employing a leather shade.
These tooled leather coasters from Commune are ornamented with a simple, geometric design.
With a leather upholstery that wraps around a black walnut frame with touches of brass, Asher Israelow’s Lincoln Chair is all about subtle, modern elegance.
This simple mirror from Ferm Living, produced in collaboration with Søren Rose Studio, is both beautiful and utilitarian.
Based in Brooklyn, Brit Kleinman’s company Avo creates stunning one-of-a-kind leather rugs with printed designs.
Coil + Drift
Designed by John Sorensen-Jolink, Coil + Drift’s Soren chair pairs modern geometry with an upholstered leather seat.
J. T. Kalmar
This elegant brass lamp, designed by J. T. Kalmar, is finished with a simple leather cord.
Created in collaboration with Hawkins New York, this leather sling chair from Slowood uses elemental forms for an utterly timeless look.
Taylor Forrest’s modern take on the leather club chair combines saddle-quality leather with a steel-framed construction.