Leather Guide

Leather Guide

Our Leather from ItalyAn Overview Guide to Leather Types 

If you are unsure about which type of upholstery you should choose for your designer chair, you can read about the different types of leather and cashmere on this site. You can view the advantages and disadvantages, as well as get tips on how to care for the materials and keep your chair beautiful for as many years as possible. Leather has an extremely long durability, if properly cared for.

Classic leather

At 122 Design, our classic leather is a semi-aniline leather. This type has got an outer layer of colour and surface finish, compared to what is called top-coated leather. The treatment of semi-aniline leather makes it more resistant and easier to maintain.

The inner treatment, the basic treatment, closes the porous surface, while the outer treatment adds colour. This gives the natural two-toned look. The surface of the leather is given a protective layer. Semi-aniline leather is comfortable to sit in as it feels great against the skin. The surface is almost uniform, only showing few markings from the leather's natural folds.

This type of leather is very similar to the typical leather upholstery used in cars.

Cleaning: If you are unlucky to spill something, wipe it off immediately. Clean with leather cleaner or lukewarm soapy water (mild soap). Wipe the excess soap with clean water. Avoid using oils, solvents, saddle soap or the like on your classic leather furniture.

Pros: 100% leather, which is comfortable and soft to the touch. Relatively resistant to sun fading and stains.

At 122 Design we recommend classic leather for you who want comfort and easy maintenance.

Premium leather

Our premium leather is an aniline leather, which differs from semi-aniline by having a more natural surface thus retaining the “grains” of the leather, showing that the leather once were alive. The best hides are selected and processed in a single tanning and dyeing process. During this process, they are impregnated with transparent, environment-friendly and water soluble dyes. Finally they get a light coating which makes them less susceptible to dirt.

Premium leather is exclusive to the touch and to sit in. The leather breathes, which is essential for even greater comfort. The surface looks natural with the visible pores, scars etc. of the original skin structure.

Cleaning: Aniline leather is very susceptible to liquid, so if you spill something on your premium leather furniture, you need to wipe it off immediately with a dry cloth – but avoid rubbing the liquid into the leather. Then wait for the leather to dry. Most stains naturally and gradually work their way into the leather and disappear over time. Do not attempt to clean premium leather with water. If very necessary, you can alternatively clean it with a leather cleaner.

Pros: 100% leather, which has an exclusive, comfortable feel and is highly breathable.

Cons: Premium leather is less stain-resistant and also more prone to sun fading than the more strongly coated classic leather.

However, many people see it as a charm that their premium leather furniture gradually change the appearance over the years and gets more character.

122 Design recommends premium leather for you who particularly appreciate the comfort and quality, and enjoys the look of the finest leather as it gracefully ages.

Leather chairs with piping


What is piping?
Piping is a sewing technique for seams in the leather upholstery. It is the most common technique and also provides the most beautiful finish. The upholsterer folds a leather strip so that it forms a pipe and inserts it into the seam, so the stitching is discretely hidden under a small fine edge. The alternative is a more flat stitching, where the two pieces of leather simply meet each other.
If you want a chair, for example the Egg or the Swan which is as similar to the original as possible, we recommend that you choose piping.

Cashmere



If you are not keen on leather furniture, then cashmere upholstery is an obvious choice.

Cashmere is soft and it gives a nice, luxurious feeling to lean back in an armchair with this upholstery. Cashmere is made from the fine inner layer of wool on a cashmere goat. These goats are very rare and only live in few areas around the world, making cashmere a very expensive material.

The name “cashmere” dates from the 1700s and early 1800s, where the Kashmir region of India was a major manufacturer of handmade shawls made of goat hair imported from Tibet and Tartary. Cashmere has many qualities and therefore it is no wonder that it is very popular. You probably know it from soft knitted sweaters, mittens and the like. As well as being extremely soft to the touch, it is also strong and light. Cashmere is dirt repellent, acoustic insulating and never creates static charges. We associate the wool with keeping us warm in the winter, but when the cashmere wool is processed and used correctly, it also has a cooling effect. In other words, cashmere is warm in the winter and cool in the summer, exactly what you could wish for.

In order to use cashmere in the best possible way in the furniture industry, we combine it with other materials such as regular wool and merino wool. This does not change the qualities described above, but simply makes the material more durable, and ensures that it can be washed.

122 Design recommends chairs and sofas with a cashmere upholstery for you who do not like leather much. Perhaps you like cosiness more than the slightly cooler, stylish look, and appreciate soft surfaces. In addition cashmere is often a cheaper option than especially premium leather.

 

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