Loewe: Marquetry in LeatherThe house's leather expertise

Experimental Spirit
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LOEWE will be engaged in this year’s Salone del Mobile Furniture Fair in Milan, with a very special project showcasing the house’s leather expertise and constant research of new ways to expand its craft. Following its presence at the fair’s 2015 edition —with a series of ceramics-inspired leather bowls— this year the brand will present a set of oak furniture featuring unique designs made up from several fragments of leather in various shapes and colors.
This special design, developed by LOEWE creative director Jonathan Anderson, brings an original articulation to the ancient technique of marquetry, in which inlays of different materials are used to decorate furniture. Actually, on the top of the wood surfaces of three-dimensional objects have been applied leather cutouts, creating decorative shapes adapted from archival prints and patterns.
The project was in part inspired by the radical design ideas of pioneering artist-critic Roger Fry and the association of artists and writers in early 20th century London known as the Bloomsbury Group. Ultimately, LOEWE’s latest project reflects the experimental spirit that has driven the 170-year-old house from the start, rehashing the codes of craftsmanship past and present to set a new creative standard for the future.

 

 

 

EACH SOURCE MOTIF HAS BEEN REARRANGED, EITHER INTENSIFIED OR ABSTRACTED,
FOR A CONTEMPORARY APPEARANCE.