Architectural Application Examples

A project starts with the client's design criteria. We discuss the leather options that can support the structure, purpose and aesthetics of the project. Leather varies in weight from thin upholstery hides to thick harness leather. As artisans, we understand each hide's specific characteristics and we use these variations to their fullest potential.

Baseball Stitch
Baseball Stitch
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Two Needle Hand Stitch
Two Needle Hand Stitch
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Spiral Wrap
Spiral Wrap
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Whip Stitch
Whip Stitch
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Handrail Seam Examples

Choices of seam closures are offered to incorporate elements of the design while providing durability. The preparatory steps on the leather are done in our studio and bought to the site for the final application. All sewing is done by hand. Smaller removable items such as door pulls are shipped directly from our studio. 

Seam closure possibilities include:

  • Baseball stitch

  • Two needle hand stitch

  • Spiral wrap

  • Whip stitch

  • Glued (no stitching)

  • Channel wrap

  • Custom designs

Handrail Turns and Corners

Corners and turns present unique situations. Some of the solutions are presented below.

Square Skived Joint
Square Skived Joint
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Stitched (Harness Leather)
Stitched (Harness Leather)
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Fitted
Fitted
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Metal Reveal Corner
Metal Reveal Corner
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Curved Molded
Curved Molded
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Molded Curved Rail
Molded Curved Rail
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Formed, Glued, Seamless
Formed, Glued, Seamless
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Fitted with End-cap
Fitted with End-cap
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Rail Length & Diameter

The leather is normally cut into six to eight foot lengths. When long sections are necessary, the leather lengths are joined together either by skiving and gluing, which renders a nearly imperceivable joint, or by stitching the lengths together, creating a visible focal seam. We have covered rails ranging from five foot elevator handles to multi-story private residences to seventeen continuous floors of commercial office space. In addition to handrails, columns of any diameter can be covered.

Installation

Our installation processes are clean and quiet, only requiring hand tools. Ideally we are the last craftsmen on sight after any and all wall and floor finishings are completed.

Termination Examples

We can follow any design. The variety of finishes include: polished metal end-cap, leather covered end-cap, wall termination or a metal reveal option.

Metal End-cap
Metal End-cap
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Leather End-cap
Leather End-cap
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Wall Termination
Wall Termination
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Metal Reveal
Metal Reveal
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Desk insets, countertops, tabletops and wall panels can be stitched, glued, inset or stretched over a substrate.

Panels

Leather Covered Desk
Leather Covered Desk
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Two Needle Stitched Seam
Two Needle Stitched Seam
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Quilted Bench Cushion
Quilted Bench Cushion
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Wall Panel
Wall Panel

With Decorative machine stitching

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Custom Desk Accessories: Made to specific size and style

Waste Bins, Made to Size
Waste Bins, Made to Size
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Set: Pencil Cup, In/Out Box
Set: Pencil Cup, In/Out Box
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Desk Pads, Waste Bins
Desk Pads, Waste Bins
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Menus, Folders
Menus, Folders
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Collection Boxes
Collection Boxes
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Trays, Bill Holders
Trays, Bill Holders
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Coasters
Coasters
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Office Bins/Boxes
Office Bins/Boxes
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Maintenance 

Most leather ages gracefully and will eventually develop a burnished patina especially on handled areas. A damp cloth is all that is required for occasional wiping. If soiled, a mild soap and clean rinse may be necessary. Do not spot clean, as rubbing will darken the leather. While cleaning, work the entire surface and dry with a soft cloth (Do not rub).  Application of a recommended nourishing product can help to protect and preserve the finish. Any application of a finish will change the color and appearance.