While a whole suite of leather furniture might be too much, an armchair or a single sofa brings just the right amount of cosiness to a living room. Like wool or velvet, leather’s got a natural visual warmth to it, which makes it great for mixing and matching with other fabrics.
Our occasional armchairs are available upholstered in our St James leather. Butter-soft and matte, it’s got a timeworn look that reminds us of vintage leather furniture, so it’ll instantly feel like an old favourite you’ve had forever.
It’s a type of leather known in the trade as “pull-up” – this means it’s treated with a mix of oils and waxes to make it soft and flexible, and give it a unique texture. If you “pull up” the leather with your fingers, or rub your hand across it, you’ll notice subtle movements in the grain and colour – almost like you would on velvet pile. These subtle changes are part of its charm, and they’re a sign that it’ll get even lovelier with age, absorbing any small scratches or scuffs and growing more characterful.
Just one leather armchair is enough to transform the feel of a room – think of it as an extra layer of texture with other natural materials like wool, stone and wood. If you really want to embrace it, though, opt for our Lottie sofa in leather instead. It’s our contemporary take on a Chesterfield, so it suits this material perfectly.