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These richly textured and luxurious wall tiles are designed by London-based Genevieve Bennett for Spinneybeck. Historically the art of laser engraving or laser etching was used to create intricate patterns and designs on materials such as wood and glass. Here, this technique is extended to full grain, vegetable tanned Belting Leather.
The techniques used are laser engraved, debossed or maze layered. Sizes of the tiles are 12 x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 cm), Leather Type Belting Leather (BL), as well as a thickness of 2.8–3.2 mm and a weight of 7.0–8.0 oz / ft2 (2136–2441 g / m2).
You can see these exquisitely crafted leather tiles in projects ranging from Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel in California to the Mulberry Flagship store in Paris, which you can read about in detail here.
Based just outside Buffalo, New York, Spinneybeck is the home to a large supply of quality upholstery leather with a standing inventory of over two million square feet. Spinneybeck has built an architectural products line pushing the envelope of leather as a design material by taking it from strictly seat covering to cladding for walls, floors and the ceilings of interior spaces.