Luxe leather is a natural companion to wood-paneled walls in this space by Jane Hallworth.

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Editor’s Obsession: Leather Bound

Design editor Hudson Moore is enthralled with new shapes in a timeless material.

November 4, 2022
FREDERIC design editor Hudson MooreMark Elzey

Leather has been an infallible material in the home for centuries. Our ancestors found so many uses for the humble hide—and through the years, it’s been reinvented thousands of times. Right now, I’m all about reinterpretations both modern and classic, from intricately woven baskets and sculptural stools to origami-like bags and even a leather floor lamp—all sustainably made—that are as artful as they are durable. And, as we all know, leather only gets better with age!

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  • “I subscribe to tons of magazines each month, and they seem to pile up quickly on the coffee table. This leather basket is the perfect stashing spot until I’m ready to read. Add to cart!”

    Canasta Leather Basket by Los Objetos Decorativos, $265, ssense.com

  • “I love the ease of this chair; it could work in so many different places.”

    Goma Dining Chair by Thomas Sandell for Made by Choice, $1,258, finnishdesignshop.com

  • “Have you ever seen an entire floor lamp crafted out of leather? I have not!”

    Viznaga Floor Lamp by Casa Midy, casamidy.com.

  • “LOD took a common catchall and turned it into an object that’s sure to put a smile on your face.”

    Funnel Catchall Basket by Los Objetos Decorativos, $360, ssense.com

  • “Apparatus is a force, and when they stepped into furniture, they grew even more in strength. Love this settee in their latest collection.”

    Episode Settee by Apparatus, apparatusstudio.com.

  • “Twisted to perfection, Jonathan Anderson stuck the perfect balance between classic and odd.”

    Large Twister Leather Crossbody Bag by JW Anderson, $995, jwanderson.com.

  • “If understated design is more your thing, pass on this. Striking, intricate, and sturdy.”

    Small Fringes Bucket Bag by Loewe, $1,900, loewe.com.

  • “For a practical option, this bag is sure to fit all your on-the-go essentials, and the leather handle will age beautifully over time.”

    Woven Triangle Bag by Shane Liu and Yun Fan Chang, $115, store.moma.org

  • “Rabitti 1969 is one of the leather greats, and these wood and leather stools they’ve created are the perfect statement piece to round out your home.”

    Cruz Stool by Rabitti 1969, $2,650, forsythart.com

  • “I’ve been eyeing this armchair for the longest time, and I think it’s just about time to go for it. You should buy it too.”

    Saddle Leather Armchair by Garza Marfa, $1,975, garzamarfa.com

  • “When this collection of baskets from Loewe launched this past April at Salone del Mobile, they stopped me in my (scrolling) tracks. So special and unique and hand-made!”

    Leather-Trim Straw Basket by Loewe, $3,200, matchesfashion.com

  • “Who doesn’t need a beautiful leather tool bag? I think it’s time to replace the Trader Joe’s bag filled will tools under my sink.”

    Leather Shokunin Tool Bag by Toyama Hamono, $280, marchsf.com.