Leather – a science in its own right
We’ve extended the Klöber leather range exclusively for the launch of our premium seating collection Tasso 2.0. As well as pigmented and semi-aniline leather, our portfolio now includes a pure aniline leather, which is just right for this classy lounge configuration. Pure aniline, semi-aniline, pigmented? I’m going to tell you what it’s all about in this article.
Especially in Southern Germany, buying the perfect “Lederhose” is a little science all of its own. There’s a huge difference between cheap goods and hand-crafted items, and this is reflected in the price, but also in the quality and durability: cheap leather loses its shape quickly, wears out, and in the worst-case scenario it can even tear. Hides from calves or deer are more expensive but also better quality. Depending on the processing techniques used, tears, wounds or scars each have their own story to tell and are highly valued by aficionados.
Here at Klöber we understand the importance of first-class leather too: we use three different grades of leather here: pure aniline, semi-aniline and pigmented.
“Ranchero” is a pure aniline cow leather that’s new to the Klöber portfolio and currently an option for the Tasso 2.0 lounge collection, which is also new. The elegant upholstered group made up of two sofas, an armchair and a matching table is ideal for flexible applications in waiting areas, communication zones or places of retreat. Tasso 2.0 upholstered in the Ranchero leather has a special stain-resistant impregnation and a distinctive soft velvety nap that invites you to relax. At the moment there’s a choice of colours – dark brown, black and cognac.
Leather premium plus
The semi-aniline cow leather “premium plus” is made of cowhides from South Germany and Austria, and its USP is its uniform elasticity. Just like the “Ranchero” cow leather, it’s a good choice for leather connoisseurs whose top priority is a material with a natural, soft feel. The “premium plus” leather grade also scores points for its soft grip and a comfortable sitting experience. This material is highly breathable and therefore ideal as upholstery for the Klöber Klimastuhl®, for instance, which will soon be available for the Moteo chair too. Its switch-activated “Heating” and “Ventilation” functions are fully effective even in the leather version. The material is also finely perforated to achieve this.
The “exclusive” pigmented nappa leather is manufactured from Central European cowhides. It’s highly elastic as well as tear-resistant, and continues to impress even under extreme duress in the office or conference room. Compared with the “Ranchero” and “premium plus” leather grades it’s less soft and warm but very easy to clean. Thanks to its no-nonsense characteristics the “exclusive” leather is used for many chair models at Klöber, for example the Ciello task chair with its clear-cut, minimalist silhouette – a true paragon of relaxed sitting.
- Untreated nappa leathers are described as pure aniline if they feature an open-pored grain and have not been pigmented or coated with any other dye. Pure aniline leathers are manufactured from unblemished hides, and feel velvety soft and warm. They tend to be sensitive by nature.
- Slightly pigmented nappa leathers are known as semi-aniline. The natural grain is not hidden by the light coating, it has more of a protective function. Semi-aniline leathers have a soft nap. They are less sensitive than pure aniline leathers.
- Pigmented leathers are also referred to as protected or coated. They are through-dyed and are highly durable but not as soft as untreated leathers, and tend to be cold to the touch.
You can configure all models individually in different colours and leather grades, as well as upholstery fabrics, on our website www.kloeber.com. Have fun experimenting!