It’s not as simple as just picking out whatever you see in the store. Leather manufacturer Dani Sustainable Leather reveals the secret to buying and maintaining the perfect piece of leather furniture.
18 January 2019
Text Jasmine Goh
Leather producer and supplier, Dani Sustainable Leather has been manufacturing leather for 67 years. From raw materials, they manufacture a variety of leather types for different purposes, from clothing, shoes and furniture to automobiles and marine vessels.
Categorised according to production methods, the four main types of leather are Pure Aniline, Semi-aniline, Nubuck, and Pigmented. To select the appropriate leather type for your home and furniture, you need to know the kind of feel you want to create and the amount of maintenance required.
Pure Aniline is a full grain leather dyed with anilines. On these hides, natural marks such as healed scars, scratches, and neck and belly wrinkles are very visible. Over time, this leather will develop a rich patina and gain more character. The colour will fade if subject to prolonged exposure to sunlight.
Semi-aniline leather is also a leather dyed with anilines but coated with a light finish, allowing the natural characteristics of the hide to still show through while offering some of the benefits of colour consistency and increased durability.
Nubuck leather is a top grain leather that has been aniline dyed for colour and then buffed to create a suede effect. Some natural markings are visible on these hides. Prolonged exposure to sunlight will cause the colour of these leathers to fade.
Pigmented leather is a top grain leather whose surface has been completely finished with pigments and other products. This increases its resistance to soiling and colour fading, making pigmented leathers easy to care for and maintain.
Giulia Spinetta, Dani’s showroom manager, shares her experience with leather and how to care for this beautiful material.
Which type of leather is best for achieving a luxurious look?
Aniline leather or semi-aniline leather have a more natural feel and look, thus they can enrich a design and make it more special. Many of our clients also love nubuck leather, especially Nabuk 3M and Rustico Nabuk.
Which type of leather is recommended for a home with young children?
For residential projects, all types of leather are good. But if homeowners have young children or animals at home, a pigmented leather is recommended. It is easy to clean and stronger, thanks to the thin finishing applied on top.
How often should homeowners clean their leather products?
If they buy Pigmented leather, it is enough to take a wet or dry cloth and gently wipe the surface. If it is very natural Aniline leather, then it is better not to use anything on the surface. We don’t advise cleaning Aniline leather because the pores are very open and any kind of cleaning product or even water can be quickly absorbed. Aniline leather becomes better with time and will develop a very nice patina.
Dani leathers are available at Romanez
This article first appeared in Lookbox Living issue 53.
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