Some things just get better with age. Yes, I actually do enjoy a malt whisky at Christmas and a wee dram transports me to the peat-scented Highland firesides. I also love the smell and feel of leather chairs. Did you know that you can combine both pleasures in a ‘Dram’ chair designed by London-based designer maker Gareth Neal for The Glenlivet distillery? No, I didn’t either.
But the theme of this blog is Ochre’s new leather dining chairs that are beautifully hand crafted and clad head to toe in leather. This is the sort of leather that gets better with age.
Sable, metal frame clad in the finest Italian saddle leather with hand sewn pinched seams and scalloped corner details.
The finest Italian Saddle leather is hand dyed to Ochre’s individual specification before been sent to a specialist leather workshop in the UK, where each metal-framed chair takes a whole take to finish.
Each piece of the leather is cut to measure and skived to the required thickness depending where it is placed. Each piece is then hand stitched and wrapped round the metal frame. The edges are dyed if required, and burnished at the end. It is a complete manual process, resulting in a contemporary piece of craft that you can use everyday and keep for a lifetime.
Ochre’s individuality is expressed through the use of luxurious complementary materials. Each design begins with understanding the possibilities and limitations of a material and the designers spend time working alongside specialist craftsmen, in their workshops, exploring traditional techniques such as glass blowing, bronze casting, leatherwork and hand weaving. This is done to create beautiful, highly crafted and highly valued pieces and in doing so bring traditional techniques into the present to serve a modern sensibility.
Ochre's individual commissions allow them to explore and experiment with materials, to adjust their methods and the scale and dimensions of their work.