One of the best parts of our Nashville shop and showroom is that it’s large enough to share with our friends and fellow makers. Our friends at Lockeland Leatherworks share a space at the shop, which allows us to do the occasional custom project featuring our wood or metal and their gorgeous leatherwork.
Recently, we created a custom bench for KT, a client of ours in the Gulch neighborhood in Nashville. KT is a regular client who we’ve gotten to know pretty well over the years, so we had a good idea about what he was looking for.
For the seat cushion, Joey from Lockeland Leatherworks created a leather cover with some gorgeous stitched details. He sourced the leather from Wickett & Craig Tannery in Pennsylvania, and he decided on their vegetable-tanned Milled Harness Leather because of its buttery, supple feel (Joey’s words, not ours — he’s the leather guy, after all). The cushion features reinforced French seams and contrast stitching to keep it sturdy and ensure that it lasts through years of use, as well as to add some beauty and obvious craftsmanship when you get up close.
For our part, we created a hand-welded, powder-coated steel frame that would provide a sturdy base for the bench. We added some visual interest with the slatted bottom, but we kept the whole thing fairly minimal to really let the leather cushion shine. We love the end result — it’s equal parts modern and classic, it blends high style with long-wearing function and, best of all, it’s a perfect example of what we can accomplish when we collaborate with the other skilled artisans in our shop.
Are you interested in commissioning a custom piece of furniture (or something else) from 1767? Let’s hear your ideas! Email us at email@example.com.