Leather

All of our leather variants are 100% traceable, from free-range cattle and produced without the use of chromium or hazardous chemicals. This means that we can trace the journey all the way from the producer to your living room and ensure the quality of every single piece. Our skilled manufacturers also test and quality check every piece of leather meticulously to ensure both uniformity and quality. This way we can ensure that our leather lives up to our high standards of quality, sustainability and authenticity.

Below you can read about the natural qualities of leather and how to care for and maintain the material to make it last as long as possible.

Sydney is an exclusive traceable leather from Australia with an elegant and soft touch. The tactility is incredibly soft while still holding a timeless feel. A breathable aniline leather with great qualities and durable traits. The surface structure is soft yet with a mat feel and invites your fingers to explore. A high-quality leather that due to its natural characters is light sensitive and can change colour if placed in direct sunlight, but cared for correctly, will become even more beautiful over the years.

Specifications

Variant: aniline 

Light fastness: 3-4

Quality leather from European cattle. Quattro Tracable leather is 100% traceable and tanned without the use of chrome. The leather is lightly surface-treated and dyed naturally, which ensures leather keeps its appearance and colour. The surface treatment also makes Quattro less susceptible to abrasion and dirt.

 

Specifications

Variant: surface-treated leather

Light fastness: 4-5

Austin Nubuck is an aniline dyed leather with a superior softness and texture and is 100% traceable. Austin has a smooth surface and is not surface treated. This means that Austin is more sensitive to light and will naturally develop a beautiful patina over time. Any variations in the leather are testament to the natural quality that Austin is known for.

 

Specifications

Variant: aniline

Light fastness: 3

Always start by protecting your furniture with a proper care product, regardless of the leather variant your furniture is covered in. Our different leather variants have different characteristics, textures and properties, and their care therefore depends on the type of leather you'd like.

We always recommend that you talk to store staff before buying furniture with leather upholstery. For example, Austin is more light sensitive and will therefore change colour depending on how much light the cover is exposed to.

Sydney Tracable

For Sydney Traceable, we recommend our leather cream, which acts as a protective coating. Sydney Traceable is an aniline leather and the partially open and breathable surface makes the leather more light sensitive than e.g. Quattro. Therefore, variations in the appearance will occur and these are not defects but characteristics of genuine natural leather.

Austin Nubuck

For Austin Nubuck we recommend our leather protection. Note that the Austin Nubuck is not surface treated and is a soft aniline leather that makes it naturally more sensitive to light, heat and cold. Some variations in the leather will therefore occur and over time Austin will develop a natural beautiful patina.

Quattro Traceable

For Quattro Traceable leather we recommend our leather cleaner, leather cream or the whole leather care set. Quattro leather is a surface-treated leather and is therefore more durable and robust than e.g. Austin or Sydney.

We recommend using a care product 2-4 times a year. Care products will both soften and protect the leather. In addition, we recommend daily wiping with lint-free cotton cloth, which is well wrung in demineralised water.

Grease and liquid break down leather in the same way it breaks down fabric. Avoid spilling or dropping crumbs that contain greasy liquid or food. Never use washing up liquid, sulfo, solvents or other detergents on leather. You should also pay special attention to your favourite places on your leather furniture. These need extra love, attention and care.

Not sure how to use your care product and how often you should repeat the care? We have developed various how-to care videos that will guide you through the correct use of our different care products. Watch the how-to video on caring for leather below and learn how to use your care product. Just click on the play button and sit back.

Martindale, pilling and light fastness

Martindale, pilling and light fastness inform you about a fabric's durability. We use them to make it easy for you to see which is the right kind of furniture upholstery for you and your needs.

Martindale

measures the abrasion resistance of a fabric and ranges from 10,000-120,000, with 120,000 being the highest abrasion resistance. As a rule of thumb, the abrasion resistance for hard wear should be above 20,000, but in daily use an abrasion resistance of up to 10,000 is more than enough. The abrasion resistance of our selected upholstery fabrics ranges from 20,000 and up to 120,000 martindale. Substances with a martindale above 80,000 are suitable for using in public places, such as airports, lobbies and suchlike.

Pilling

is the term for the small balls of fabric that form on the surface of a fabric as a result of friction and which give the fabric a slightly furry appearance. There will always be some natural pilling at the beginning until the excess fibres have gone. Pilling is evaluated on a scale of 1-5, indicating the risk of pilling or loose fibres. 5 is best and our furniture upholsteries are always at least 3.
The fastest and cheapest way to remove pilling is by using a small electric razor designed for this purpose. A pilling comb is also effective and can help just as much as a razor.

Light fastness

describes a cover's ability to withstand sunlight. Nylon and cotton usually have a low light fastness, while wool, acrylic and polyester have a higher light fastness. The scale is a doubling scale, which ranges from 1-8, where 8 is highest and best. The higher the light fastness, the better the cover is at withstanding sunlight without losing colour. However, it is generally a good idea to keep furniture away from direct sunlight. Some covers will fade faster than others, indicated by the light fastness. We recommend that you don't choose a cover with a light fastness below 3. Synthetic fibres also have a higher light fastness than, for example, natural fibres.