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Monday
Oct132014

EASY CHAIR - MOULDED LEATHER PROJECT

Easy Chair by Alex Hull features a seat made using a traditional wet leather moulding technique. Hides are wet throughout, placed onto the form and then moulded by hand, applying pressure and continuously massaging the hides, stretching it over the tight curves and radiuses.

This method requires the use of natural vegetable tanned leathers. The ancient process of tanning uses ingredients found in different vegetable matter, such as tree bark prepared in bark mills, wood, leaves, fruits and roots. The transformation from raw hides into a material that will last a long time is a process that happens slowly in wooden drums or in tanning pits. Vegetable tanning shows off leather in its most natural state emphasising the skill of the tannery. Due to the natural tannins used, vegetable tanned products are unique and have life of their own, changing continuously and developing a patina over time.



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