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Leather Furniture | Manolo for the Home

A Rainbow In Leather

“Who doesn’t love a comfy, distressed, brown leather sofa?” is a question I saw once in a magazine, and the answer is me. I love comfy leather and I love distressed leather, but brown? *yawn* If your home is decked out in an amazing brown palette, that’s one thing. But why not get a little more colorful? Before I begin, I have to say that this post is for Kai Jones, who said: I would love to see a variety of options in leather furniture. Due to allergies I am supposed to only have plain wood or metal, or leather-upholstered furniture. Your wish is my command! (Variety? Yeah, I can do that.)

The benefits of leather furniture go beyond not absorbing dander and mites and such – leather furniture can be wiped clean with a damp sponge instead of needed a full shampoo, Aniline leather in particular can be deliciously soft, leather warms to your body temp on chilly days, and leather furniture is really, really durable. It’s not entirely maintenance free, of course, but what in this life is? I certainly wouldn’t kick a sweet red leather sofa out of bed.

Leather furniture can be traditional and classic and awesome, which I think is the main source of leather’s long lasting charm. How nice would it be, do you think, to curl up with a good book in this orange leather chair? Just keep in mind that all leathers are not created equal – after Aniline, there’s the sturdier but less soft semi-Aniline and then the extremely durable coated leather, which could be softer. (via)


Leather can be modern, too, of course, especially when you’re talking about bright yellow leather chairs. I am super digging on this KID4EVA Georgian wing chair called “Yellow Pages” from Burke and Hazelden. The impact of the sunny yellow leather is totally intensified by the colorful legs, no?

Then there’s the fun and freaky eclectic leather stuff, and no, I don’t mean *that* kind of leather. Furniture, dig? Green leather furniture outside of retro office gear is actually less than easy to find, but there are a few green leather chairs out there that aren’t totally dull. I’m loving this one, with its distressed leather and hide seat.

Did you know that most leathers benefit from regular treatments with leather conditioner to keep the leather from drying out? I did not, and I’m pretty sure that most of the people I know with leather furniture don’t, either. Oh, well. I can say from experience that even without treatment, something like blue leather chairs will still last for a good long time. I’m loving this one, which is basically a bean bag stuffed in frame.

And to top off my leather rainbow, a purple leather pillow from Pfeifer Studio.

3 Responses to “A Rainbow In Leather”

  1. Kai Jones September 29, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Those are great options! Thanks so much for responding to my request.

    I adore the blue leather papasan chair, so clever. And I could paint the legs on a chair like the yellow one myself. But it’s the red couch that really catches my eye, the style would go well with my Art Deco/Art Moderne sensibilities.

    This was a terrific post!

  2. Christa Terry September 29, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    You’re so welcome, Kai Jones!

  3. Nichole Illas September 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    gotta love those painted legs :)