As winter approaches, leather reappears on the fashion scene, but in the world of furniture there are a few companies that year-round sell nothing but leather or nubuck furniture in a panoply of shades for any season or any look.
The France-based Hugues Chevalier company alone offers luxurious leather furniture made to order, making it a bit like haute couture furniture, with about 50 basic sofa and armchair models to chose from and 120 shades of hide, including a zebra print. Sycamore is the wood of choice and comes in 10 stains, with a choice of a glossy or satin finish. Named after its founder, whose background includes working with some of the most innovative designers of the late-20th century, including Philippe Starck and Christian Liaigre, Hugues Chevalier creates high-end leather furniture inspired by the pure lines of the major 20th century European movements, such as the Bauhaus school, the Art Déco period and the 1940s. The company has four shops in France and is represented worldwide, from Europe to Asia.
In Los Angeles, Studio Hexagon owner Denis de la Mesierre carries the Hugues Chevalier line as well as his own line of leather seating, mostly high-end club chairs, and re-editions of case goods and lighting by well-known pre- and post-war French designers, including Jacques Adnet, Eugene Prinz and Pierre Chareau. Studio Hexagon also has started selling an edited line of authentic French Art Deco fabrics produced by one of the original mills for that period.