NY Good Questions: How Can I Protect My Leather Chair?

NY Good Questions: How Can I Protect My Leather Chair?

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Maxwell Ryan
Feb 20, 2008

Hello AT,

I inherited a leather Eames lounge chair from the 60s/70s that had gone un-sat-upon for probably 30 years.

Now that it's getting regular use, the leather is starting to flake in places and beginning to tear slightly in others.

I'm wondering if there's a good way to condition/protect the leather so that we can continue to use the piece without worrying about totally destroying it (or, at least, destroying it more slowly)...

(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first.)

Also, is repairing a tiny tear at the seam impossible?

I'm overwhelmed by the amount of conflicting info out there on the internet with regard to leather furniture care.

The Herman Miller site was equally vague on the subject of "conditioning" the leather on an old chair.

I don't want to bar my boyfriend from sitting in the chair. Please, please help!

Thanks! Susannah

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