This commission from a private client for their Surrey home threw up a number of challenges that highlight the flexibility and open-minded approach that the team brings to every project.
Set within the basement of the property, the small, luxurious cinema room is reached via an entrance space / hallway. The client wanted to make an impression here, and opted for a semi-aniline leather flooring, dyed dark brown and laid in individually made square panels over a natural felt underlay. Very rich in appearance, these panels have a uniform look that one wouldn’t necessarily associate with hand-worked leather. But the beauty with leather is that it adds character and depth over time, as we explained to the client.
‘He wanted it to look very perfect,’ explains Ned Ingham, our Head of Design. ‘We can do that! We can start perfect, but if you’re going to expect it to remain the same forever, that’s just not going to happen. But we can limit the amount of natural ageing by using dyes, so we started with a leather that’s very dark in colour.’