Designers like Gucci, Hermes & Louis Vuitton create masterpieces in their clothing design. The same holds true in furniture. Furniture designers like Charles & Ray Eames, Marcel Breuer & Pasquale Natuzzi have created some of the world’s most sought out furniture designs. They designed furniture with form and function in mind with a unique style that makes them stand apart. These designs have inspired a lot of other furniture manufacturers to produce fashion forward pieces as well.
A manufacturer that comes to mind is G&G (a division of Nicolleti Home) and their Itaca sofa (pictured right and below). Notice the sharp angular steel legs that creates a minimalistic footprint. This sofa is also equipped with headrests that can be manually uplifted and seats that can be manually adjusted. Complete your ideal vision with a selection of leather colors with or without contrast stitching. One color isn’t enough for you? Why not opt for multicolor where you can apply one leather color to the frame and another to the cushions. Make it as unique as you are! Isn’t that what fashion is all about?
Visit Signature Leather or drop us a line if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our Leather & Design Experts. We can help you create your ideal furniture vision. Signature Leather carries manufactures from all over the world and offer high quality furniture inspired by and from the leading furniture designers.
The three day weekend may be over, but that doesn’t mean the relaxation needs to end here! After a long day at the office, come home to comfort and clarity with the Arianna Chair. This power reclinable armchair offers a clever combination of form and function. It's the perfect way to change perspective, even for a few minutes a day. You have to come in and sit in it to really experience it. Check out the Arianna here and watch the video to learn more.
Now-a-days, reclining sofas boast a sleek design made for maximum comfort; they aren’t like the rickety, squeaky and seat sinking sofas of yesteryear, but don’t tell grandma that! In this age of media consumption, people don’t really just sit on their sofas anymore, they lounge on them. Now that's when it becomes an experience! Getting the big home-theater experience is important to create the best movie or TV-watching environment. Our motion collection provides just that.
Of course, watching movies isn’t the only thing these motion sofas are good at. Their seamless reclining features and virtually silent, power motion designs allow you to be truly relaxed on your sofa and is perfect for even taking naps! While function is absolutely the focus of our motion collection, our recliners still boast a great and sleek style. A center piece in your living room in both function and form, for every occasion.
The Queen sofa by Giuseppe Giuseppe is just an example of the type of recliners we sell, and perfectly illustrates the value to your home they offer.
When buying leather furniture, it’s best to make as much of an informed decision as possible. This goes beyond what the sofa looks like, or just the color, though those are certainly important too. The first thing to consider is the purpose of the leather furniture you’re purchasing. Is it going to be in a family room, where everyone will be using it? Do you have pets? Consider how durable it needs to be, as there are quite a few factors that go in what makes a leather sofa durable.
If you haven’t yet, consider reading our Types of Leather article. The use of your future sofa will determine what type of leather is best for you. For instance, Protected Aniline is extremely tough and durable, while Pure Aniline is very soft and may not be advisable for homes with young children or pets, or rooms where food and drinks will be consumed. Overall, furniture being made from top grain leather is the highest quality, more durable and the one we recommend.
Beyond that, though, there are a couple of other factors to consider. What you don’t see is just as important as what you do see! For instance, the construction of the sofa can be a major part of the longevity and durability of the sofa. A wooden frame made of solid hardwood is far more durable and will last much longer than softwood, which will even warp over time.
So, the best way to make an informed decision is to just ask questions! And if you have any topics you would like us to cover here, visit our Facebook page and make a suggestion! We are certified leather experts and are fully committed to helping you find the right sofa for your home, stress free.
There are many different types of leather. Here is a list the various leather types and terms that we use to help you determine what leather product you are being offered and to help you in deciding what leather you want in your home based on your budget, needs and an understanding of various types.
Aniline leather is the most naked leather produced. It is only a light surface coating to protect it from dirt. Naturally, this bareness reveals all the hide’s natural character- istics, such as neck wrinkles and fat lines, irregularities in the grain structure, porosity and softness, and healed minor cuts and scratches. If a leather’s surface does not dis- play these natural variations, you have good reason to suspect that it is not genuine aniline leather.Yet another guarantee of authenticity. Click here to read more about aniline leather.
Semi-aniline leather is a successful compromise that combines a high degree of naturalness with comfort and durability. Semi-aniline leather is surface-treated with a water-based mixture of dyefinish with a small amount of pigment. This treatment produces a leather that is soft and supple, yet more resistant to heavy wear. Semi-aniline leather is easy to clean. The natural markings on the original hide are still visible, but are less pronounced than in aniline leather. Click here to read more about aniline leather.
Protected leather is primarily designed to withstand tough wear and tear. It also needs to be highly resistant to changing environmental factors.These treatments cover most of the natural structure of the leather and for this reason some of our protected leathers are given a slightly embossed grain. It is extremely tough, durable and easy to clean and maintain. Click here to read more about protected leather.
The term ‘split’ refers to the underneath layer of the hide which has been split off from the top grain. Splits are usually given a suede or pigment finish, embossed and used for shoes or garments. Split hides are generally thicker and stiffer than top grain leather and may also be used to in less expensive upholstered furniture applications on backs and side panels. Not recommended for everyday use. Click here to read more about split leather.
A vinyl upholstery that contains about 17% leather fiber in its backing material.The vinyl is stamped to give it a leather-like texture.This type of leather is good for belts, shoes, handbags and small leather goods but not recommended for upholstery. Due to its inferior quality for furniture, Signature Leather does not recommend nor sell this type of leather. Click here to find out why.
A split leather with a layer of polyurethane applied to the surface and then embossed. Bycast was originally made for the shoe industry and recently was adopted by the furniture industry.The result is a slightly stiffer product that is cheaper than top grain leather but not recommended for everyday use. Due to its inferior quality for furniture, Signature Leather does not recommend nor sell this type of leather. Click here to find out why.
Our leather is manufactured from Scandinavian cowhides. These are the most expensive hides in the world, and also by far the best for making the naked, natural upholstery leather that ELMO specialises in. We produce three main types of leather: aniline leather, semi-aniline leather and technical leather. They are all dyed through and full-grained. Natural irregularities in the finished leather, such as occasional traces of healed minor cuts and scratches, insect bites and lover’s tiffs, should be regarded as proof of authenticity and quality; the animals were well treated and had good lives.
If you have seen our Types of Leather article, we’ve described the various types of leather that is used to make furniture, including split leather and you’ll have seen that we recommend against using split leather for everyday use. To understand why, we have to look at what split leather is and where it comes from.
In our article about top grain leather, we said that leather hides are separated into layers — specifically two. The top layer is what’s used in top grain leather and is the highest quality. The bottom layer that is left, then, is what is referred to as split leather. Before being used on sofas, split leather has an imitation leather grain embossed onto its surface, to give it a more natural appearance.
Although split leather is commonly used for suede, and even though it can be sanded down and embossed with a graining pattern to make it look like natural leather, most good manufacturers do not use split leather for upholstery at all. Split leather may have other uses, but because it is made of the lower layer of the hide, it is much weaker and less durable than top grain leather.
Sofas that use split leathers are not recommended for heavy use and we do not recommend it even on the outside back or sides of a sofa
If you read our Types of Leather article, you’ll notice that we spoke of three aniline leathers. We had covered aniline and semi-aniline leather in a previous article, but we did not speak about protected aniline leather. What’s the difference between the aniline leathers and protected leathers?
Protected aniline leather, sometimes referred to as pigmented leather, is a top grain leather that is dyed for color and then receives pigment to ensure color consistency. It is the most durable leather and is used in the majority of furniture upholstery as well as almost all car upholstery. This durability is provided by the polymer surface coating which contains the pigment. However, because of this coating, its appearance is less natural than regular aniline or semi-aniline and has a more consistent color.
The coating allows the manufacturer more control over the properties of the leather, like providing maximum resistance to wear, scuffing, fading, soling, etc. Protected aniline leathers are also easy to maintain as a result. Whereas we would advise against aniline or semi-aniline leather for families with a lot of children children or pets, protected aniline leather may work better and last longer.
It all comes down to your home and your needs and we at Signature Leather are here to help you find the leather furniture that’s best for you.
From our Types of Leather article, you’ll notice that we gave praise to Aniline leather for it’s natural characteristics and it being of the better types of leather. You might also be wondering what Aniline leather is exactly and what is the difference between Pure Aniline and Semi Aniline.
Aniline leather is a type of leather dyed exclusively with soluble dyes without covering the surface with a topcoat paint or insoluble pigments. The resulting product retains the hide's natural surface, such as visible pores, scars and the like. Typically, leather is dyed both for aesthetic reasons and to conceal blemishes. The dye colors leather without producing the uniform surface of pigmented leather. Any visible variations on the surface of the undyed leather such as natural blemishes will remain visible and can be seen as a way of identifying that your leather furniture is indeed genuine aniline leather.
Aniline leather is the most luxurious leather cover for a sofa. It has a warm, inviting feel and is very soft to the touch. As leather is a natural product, different parts of the hide will absorb different quantities of aniline dye, so you will see lots of shade variation.
As aniline leather undergoes little treatment, great care must be taken to keep this leather looking its best. An aniline leather sofa is not advisable for homes with young children or pets, or rooms where food and drink is consumed. Semi-aniline leather is produced through a very similar process to full-aniline, but has a thin protective top coat added to protect it from wear and staining. Like aniline leather, it is often manufactured from better-quality hides with fewer natural markings.
Semi-aniline leather tends to have a waxy feel though still soft like aniline leather, since only a thin layer of pigment is used to coat its surface. This also allows natural markings in the leather to show through in the way pure aniline does. Semi-aniline leather sofas are suitable for people who want to see the natural beauty of leather, but would also like the durability and some of the color consistency that comes with corrected grain leather.
Both pure aniline and semi-aniline are made of the highest quality grain leather. Aniline has the advantage in it’s fully natural qualities, and semi-aniline has the advantage in a bit more durability. In the end, it comes down to which is best for you. Which room your new leather sofa is going to be in as well as what the room is primarily used for; these are the things to consider when buying leather furniture and we at Signature Leather are more than happy to help you decide which type is best for you and your room.
If you read our Types of Leather article, you’ll know that we at Signature Leather feel that Bonded Leather is inferior in quality for furniture, but what is Bonded Leather in actuality?
Bonded leather, also called reconstituted leather or blended leather, is a term used for a man-made upholstery material. It is made by shredding leather scraps and leather fiber, then mixing it with bonding materials. The mixture is next extruded onto a fiber cloth, or paper backing, and the surface is usually embossed with a leather-like texture or grain. Color and patterning, if any, are a surface treatment that does not penetrate like a dyeing process would. The natural leather fiber content of bonded leather varies. The manufacturing process is somewhat similar to the production of paper.
Lower-quality materials may suffer flaking of the surface material in a short period of time. Because the composition of bonded leathers and related products varies considerably, it may be difficult to predict how a given product will perform over the course of time.
Peeling of Bonded Leather after only a short period of time
There are two major drawbacks that can occur with Bonded Leather that really makes us feel it is inferior, especially when it comes to furniture. Outgassing and "sweating" of plasticizers and other chemicals may occur from poorly formulated products. Most importantly, though is the fact that Bonded Leather is difficult or impossible to repair or recondition after wear or damage.
We at Signature Leather do not sell Bonded Leather for all the reasons above. We only sell quality leather furniture from quality manufacturers that will last you for many years to come.
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