Leather at Salone del Mobile Milano: aiming at excellence. From upholstery, by Bottega Veneta, to lamps, by Poltrona Frau

Soft suede upholstery, vintage styled seats, décor accessories have a common denominator: elegance. Designers do not choose leather just by chance. It is no coincidence that several brands (many of which coming from the fashion system) made use of it for their décor creations presented at Salone del Mobile Milano (the edition is about to conclude tomorrow). For example, Bottega Veneta exhibited some fringed suede armchairs, which are a natural development of the fashion brand’s distinguishing style. Likewise, as regards furniture, visitors could easily spot meticulous and accurate artisanal quality in some iconic elements, such as woven and plaited patterns, soft leather, elegant and practical metal components and wonderful tints. Hermés as well have chosen leather for plates/holders, vases and linear styled footstools. Leather items also embellish and adorn the new Poltrona Frau lamps, designed by Enrico Fratesi together with Stine Gam. Irregular shaped spheres seem to be floating in the air, held by a thin leather band, which also upholsters the Viae valet stand, by Frag, designed by Analogia Project duo. The frame of the valet stand is reinforced by an airborne and slender iron bar, closed up by four rings, made of the same material, to create, at different heights, two coat hangers and a tray. Visitors could see interesting seats covered with aged leather at Nilufar Depot (during the Fuorisalone), a multi-storey exhibition area intentionally created by gallery owner Nina Yashar to round up traditional and contemporary design major collections over the years.


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