INTRODUCING TARNSJO GAVERI NATURAL LEATHERS
The decision to partner with Tarnsjo Garveri on a range of leathers for our products was the end result in a long search. Trips to Scandinavia and Sweden in particular would continually reveal amazing uses of leather in public spaces – door handles, inside train stations and up stair cases, and it would always have the most beautiful touch and gorgeous patina, in a similar way to how a top quality leather handbag ages. This exposure put the idea of beautifully aged leathers on our radar, but it wasn’t until first seeing the Arne Norell Ilona sofa that we saw the application of this sort of leather on furniture, and quickly followed up to learn about the Tarnsjo leather tannery and the brilliant breadth of their leathers range.
(images from the Tarnsjo Garveri tannery in Sweden)
The town of Tarnsjo is right on the edge of a huge National Park, and there is a real integrity and environmental awareness to everything that they do. The cattle are all local, and they are one of only about 5% of tanneries around the world still employing the vegetable tanning technique in favour of the more time and cost-efficient chrome excel method. The tanning process uses bark extracts, water and water-based finishing, and this is one of the reasons why there are a limited range of finished colours that the end consumer has to choose from. That sort of integrity to the process is so hard to come by these days, and when we met with Tarnsjo Garveri, we realised that they are completely aligned to the Great Dane values and visions when it comes to something like leather. It was a real Eureka moment for us and we knew that the search for a beautiful leather to partner with our products was complete.
(Image of the forest that surrounds the Tarnsjo workshop)
The Story Behind the Tannery
'A VISION OF A HOUSE OF LEATHER'
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