A Family Friendly Living Room in DevonTransitional Living Room, Philadelphia
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Aniline. Pure-aniline or full-aniline leathers show the natural surface of the leather, imperfections and all. They do not have any additional pigments or protectants on the surface, so you’ll probably see variations in color. Because there’s no protective coating, this type of leather has the softest feel. But it’s also more susceptible to scratching, staining and fading.
Unprotected leather. Aniline leather — also called pure aniline, full aniline or unfinished leather — has a soft, luxurious feel. The leather is dyed through with aniline dye but has no surface pigment color added. It has little or no protective coating other than perhaps a dirt-resistant treatment. Natural surface grains and markings may be seen on the leather, which can develop a patina. Aniline leather is more sensitive to staining than protected leather and typically is pricier as well. Other types of aniline leather include pull-up leather, which is injected with oils and waxes, and nubuck leather, which has been distressed or buffed to create a soft, velvety feel.Hess leather sofa: Room & Board
1. Comfortable and CasualDesigner: Larina Kase Location: Devon, PennsylvaniaSize: 330 square feet (30.6 square meters); 15 by 22 feet (1.5 by 6.7 meters)Homeowners’ request: Casual, comfortable and child-friendly. Also, they wanted a yellowish stone fireplace surround replaced. The main challenges for designer Larina Kase were bringing in adequate artificial lighting and figuring out how to arrange the furniture in the long, rectangular room, which has three points of entry. Special features: Large drum chandelier. Large, hardworking coffee table. Extra-long (105-inch) leather sofa. Why the design works: “This room design is a balance of opposites,” Kase says. “Soft versus hard edges, modern versus classic, organic versus industrial, form versus function, masculine versus feminine, light versus dark values, organic versus geometric shapes. I find that the balance of opposites adds interest in a space.”Designer secret: “I love the tip from Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, to ask whether an object brings you joy,” Kase says. “We found some fun, whimsical objects, like the little wood bird on the glass bookshelf, that brought joy. One of their daughters named the bird and likes to play with it.”