People have always had a love affair with leather, and this noble and stylish material adorns many Canadian interiors. But this season, it is coloured leather that is all the rage! Let’s take a look at this trend.

LEATHER IN FASHION

For the fashion industry, Fall/Winter is the key season: it’s the one that makes history, garners global media attention and defines the industry. This year, the trend toward leather was all the talk of the fashionistas at major fashion events like New York Fashion Week. There was leather in every style of clothing, from tailored cuts to loose-fitted boho chic and vintage pieces; in every finish, from matte to glossy to patent; and, most notably, in every colour. This fall the fashionistas are clearly having a love affair with leather!

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LEATHER IN COLOUR

The trend is toward non-traditional colours such as sunset colours. The influence of the 1970s is visible in the now popular ochres, oranges and browns. Also in style are shades associated with royalty, such as emerald green, midnight blue and purple. Another colour trend that began a few years ago and seems to be enjoying a long life is pastel colours, which are also omnipresent in the realms of fashion and design.

But there is one colour that is definitely leading the trend in coloured leather right now and for years to come.

In the modern furniture industry, that colour is cognac. A rich, deep and luminous colour, it’s the new must-have for leather!

Elini leather accent chair

FROM LEATHER SOFAS TO LEATHER ACCESSOIRES

The love affair with leather was in evidence at Milan’s Salon del Mobile this past spring. It could be seen in classic pieces of furniture like beds, sofas and ottomans, but also applied to other types of products like cushions, lamps, chests of drawers, benches, baskets, frames, and so on. It’s a really creative approach to accessories.

TYPES OF LEATHER

In contrast with the fashion industry where the trend is toward shinier leather, it is leather with a matte finish that is increasingly used for furniture. We’re also seeing different types of leather, each of which has its own special qualities and effects but also particular issues. Since people buy leather expecting it to last a long time, here are some tips for making informed purchase decisions.

There are many steps involved in the process of leather production, but it’s at the finishing stage that leather acquires its distinctive look and feel. At Mobilia, three types of finishes are available: aniline, semi-aniline and pigmented.

In the modern furniture industry, that colour is cognac. A rich, deep and luminous colour, it’s the new must-have for leather!

Nikole leather modular set

An aniline finish is the closest thing to leather in its natural state. A transparent coating is used to highlight the hide’s natural surface so the pore and grain structure is clearly visible. But since this leather has no protective layer it is vulnerable to sunlight and stains. Aniline leather has a splendidly elegant and authentic effect, as you can see in the Nikole modular sofa or the Funktion sectional sofa, but it requires care to keep it looking its best.

Neman leather loveseat

The semi-aniline finish is very popular because it resembles aniline leather but it has a translucent coating of pigment which hides flaws and enhances durability. Mobilia stocks several products in semi-aniline leather: Numi, Windle, Natte, Wendi, and Elix.

Mobilia’s Westlyn, Nelson and Wilford sofas are made from pigmented leather. In this case, the skin has an opaque coating of pigment which obscures some of the natural character of the leather but is very suitable for pieces which will be heavily used because it is very resistant and requires little maintenance.

INTERIOR DESIGN: LEATHER FOR EVERY STYLE

So there’s a type of leather for every budget and every taste. Furniture made with cognac-coloured leather is super versatile. It can add a rustic touch to some decors or suit a chic and modern interior; it lends itself both to a bohemian look and an elegantly trendy one! It pairs beautifully with all types of wood, soft-coloured and natural fabrics as well as decorative objects and gold-coloured lamps.

Elan leather bed

A UBIQUITOUS TREND

Cognac leather is also being embraced by various industries and especially by the restaurant business, where you can see it being used for banquettes and other types of seating. All the major fashion brands have launched their own cognac leather clothing, accessories, shoes and handbags. Automobile makers are offering cognac leather car seats as an option. And even the poster for the latest Quentin Tarantino film, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, which opened in July, features Leonardo Di Caprio in a cognac leather jacket.

Local businesses are embracing leather and the way it lends itself to use in artisanal creations:

DAHLS

Their famous aprons will be on display at the Salon Maison & Objets in Paris this year.

M0851

Their stunning coloured leathers have to be seen!

CANTIN

Beautiful innovative office products that combine leather and felt.

Clearly, the cognac leather trend is gaining ground everywhere: it’s a new classic in the making!

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