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Shark and Olive is curated by a Portland-based creative, painter, and art enthusiast. Shark and Olive features finds that represent a never-ending celebration of art, architecture, design objects, and furniture.

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Chair Obsessions Part Six: Leather Leather Everywhere

A great piece of leather furniture will last a life time. By great piece, I am thinking a sofa, side chairs, lounge chair, bench or stool that can withstand the ever changing "home trends" of the moment. Think of a this type of leather furniture as an high-quality LBD equivalent. It will never go out of style. Whether you pick a vintage, modern, or contemporary piece leather furniture will always be in vogue. Personally, I gravitate towards leathers in various shades of brown, and the occasional cream or black leather piece (Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman!) As of late, I have been enjoying lighter tan or pale pink leathers that invoke a relaxed northern Californian meets Southwestern vibe.

Chair Obsessions Part Five: I Need Them All

WHOA. It has been too long (January!) since the last round-up of my current chair obsessions. For this round-up there is no theme. Some are leather, others painted, metal accents, maybe color punch worthy fabric too.  To begin is the Robin Day Festival Hall 658 chair. A beautiful retro chair with blonde wood and fabric components. The Tropicalia chair by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso is both playful and bold, and is the perfect punch of color for your space. I enjoy the geometric forms created by its multiple colors that are also used to create a pattern. Now, for those that source eco-friendly furnishings, the Ciel! chair for Tabisso is an elegant high-end chair both for residential and office use. Its craftsmanship takes into account the full life-cycle of its design, from inception through production. Combining both retro aesthetics with bold colors and form, the Ignacia chair by Sergio Martinez is statement worthy. It is the perfect accent chair.  Rounding out this Chair Obsessions is the Leather Tillie Armchair.  A modern spin on a classic English leather wrapped chair with a houndstooth cushion. It is time to lounge. 

Wood Metal and Leather

Alright, I absolutely love the combination of wood, metal, and leather. Three elements, textures, and finishes that when combined, produce endless furniture possibilities. BDDW has me excited about American crafted furniture again. Their Bronze Trestle Table and Lake Mid Credenza showcase true craftsmanship with metal accents. It is furniture that melds the natural with the industrial. Another metal and wood combination manufactured in the U.S. is the formed steel with solid walnut wood seat by Lockwood. For storage, I am currently all about the Chevron Grain dresser from West Elm. Love the grain of the wood with the subtle yet sophisticated brass-finished hardware. Now for the leather. The brass thin-framed chairs by Lawson-Fenning are obsession worthy. And how could I almost forget the gold medal of modernist furniture perfection, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. Need I say more.