To create this unique design, Bartoli worked with Italian leather manufacturers Presot to develop a seat made from natural hide that will evolve with use – changing in colour, shape and texture over the years. The chair will be the expression of this transition, preserving its functionality and performance.
An exposed line of stitches connecting the full-grain leather seat tot he matching back support is a reference to Presot’s background in providing material to the haute couture fashion industry. The leather wraps around a lacquered steel frame at the back and on the underside, forming two flaps that are connected using a steel tie-rod. This structural device helps to counteract any loss of tension from the ageing of the hide, keeping it in place as it softens.
Lengths of metal that extend from the seat of the frame slot into four round European oak legs. These are finished with a ball tip to prevent scuffing on hard floors.
With great timing, the project arrives at a moment when the issues of traditional craftsmanship, Italian manufacturing and eco-friendly production are central to the concerns of those who make, produce and communicate design in Italy.
The 1085 chair is available exclusively at Fanuli.