The textile geniuses at Maharam will debut their first collection of leather upholstery next month. Focusing on leather that has been minimally treated and processed, the eight styles in the collection are sourced from boutique tanneries in Italy, with the exception of the suede, which will be sourced from Spain. Maharam has developed 100 individual shades using the texture and other material qualities of leather to determine the color direction. In addition, two new accessories will launch with the line, the first of which is a Market Tote designed in collaboration with Various Projects’ Elizabeth Beer and Brian Janusiak. Diecut from leather, the bag transforms from a flat rectangle into a roomy net bag that is available in four colors. A Folded Pouch, designed by Maharam Media (the brand’s in-house design studio) comes in two sizes to store everyday essentials (and non-essentials like iPads). Both feature a stitchless construction in a vacuum-dried leather with a flat, pressed texture that comes in a range of neutral and flourescent colors. Here we share some photos of the leather process in Italy, shot by London-based photographer Nick Ballon.
Leather process photos by Nick Ballon, all others courtesy of Maharam.