Reviving an ancient technique of forming leather, UK designer Tortie Hoare makes a splash in the design world with her rustic-contemporary furniture collection.
Tortie Hoare's collection of leather furniture not only earned her the title of BDC's New Designer of the Year, but also created quite the buzz as her organic, hand crafted furnishings have been blogged about and featured in just about every design and shelter publication imaginable in the past year.
Once used as a medieval technique for creating armor, Hoare adapted the ancient process of boiling leather into furniture design. The resulting pieces are surprisingly solid forms that seem to blend into the wood and metal bases on which they are structured. This method of working with leather is not only environmentally conscience, but produces hand crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces, right down to the marks where Hoare promises "the cow has scratched against a bush."
Currently the collection consists of two seats, a side table, a walnut desk with laptop pocket and a catch-all stand. For ordering information, please visit tortiehoare.co.uk
Images: Paul Wilkinson