Sofas but also more and more beds and furnishings are choosing leathers of various treatments to exalt the latest design innovations. Plenty of visitors at the “Salone del Mobile” in view of Expo 2015

Draped, pleated, quilted, woven, with hair… rarely plain. The first thing that really hits you as regards the use of leather in the latest collections presented at the “Salone del Mobile 2014” (furniture show) is clearly a tendency for surfaces always in movement. Then also, never before have we seen such so much leather used, not only in living areas but also in the bedroom, confirming the fact that this material offers that added value capable of making designs prestigious and exclusive at the top end of the market.
Despite the problems connected with raw hides, all the big furnishing brands have offered a great variety of leather covering for sofas, beds and interior decorations, focused on thickness, finish and colour. As to fashion trends in leather, we have generally seen a certain ‘70s mood made up of retro lines and worn effects, natural shades of hide and lots of dark chocolate. But what we saw at the Milan Design Week this year also indicated a certain desire for colour that inspires bright new tones for clothes from yellow to red, turquoise to green.
Alberto Conficconi, owner of Cierre Imbottiti, representative of Federlegno Arredo, helped us understand more, pointing out increased effort common to many furniture producers.

We ourselves have tried to do away with the bourgeois image of leather as something for the middle-aged, focusing on colour, vintage themes, also jeans effect. We have launched bright, sometimes shocking tones, taken from fashion, like yellow, fuchsia, orange, green, trying out particular finishes and certain thickness. Prices? We are at record levels and don’t tell me all this depends on the fact that people are eating less red meat. The truth is that big multinationals are speculating.

– explains Conficconi. How to face the situation?

We buy in large quantities and try to optimize purchases when possible. As to final prices, obviously for those who produce articles of a certain type, result of research and design, some increases are justified but for those in the mass market leather is becoming a material out of their reach.

– concluded the Romagnolo entrepreneur. A concept that, in fact, confirms a more generalized trend: also in furnishing leather seems to be increasingly destined exclusively for the luxury segment.

Meanwhile the Salone del Mobile closed on some very satisfactory numbers with total attendance of 357,212 visitors from 160 countries, showing an increase of 13% compared to 2013.

This edition served as a general rehearsal for Expo 2015. So all points to a great event that will show the world what Milan, and Italy, are capable of. A challenge that we face with confidence, preparing a great show that will raise the curtain on the universal exhibition.

– declared the fair’s president Claudio Luti.

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