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These Pieces Prove Why We Love Leather in Furniture


The material of the moment is leather.

Saddle leather offers the warmth and tactility of a natural hide, but its more rigid structure holds up better than its softer cousins. We’ve spied designers deploying the material in mass-market furniture, like Blu Dot’s Toro Lounge chair; in bespoke pieces, like Brooklyn maker Friends & Family’s update of the classic Danish sling chair; and in high-end items, like Poltrona Frau’s Nivola sofa.

A multidisciplinary design studio based in New York, Friends x Family recently launched its first furniture collection.
The Nivola sofa by Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona Frau (from $8,100) features two different types of leather: a supple...
Antonio Citterio's Mart chairs for B&B Italia feature the look of molded fiberglass (what the structure is made from)...
Blu Dot's Toro sling chair ($1,299) comes in a black, brown, and golden version.
While leather is often found in chairs and sofas, the Australian furniture company Jardan has applied the material to a...
The Brooklyn firm Workstead used peg-in-post construction for its Walnut sling chair ($2,950).