It’s no surprise that the luxury of leather back in the spotlight for furniture and interior accessories after 70’s inspired leather fashion gained so much attention on the world’s catwalks of late. 

As we ramp up materiality in our homes we are excited to see the revival of this stunning material. For us at Sonya Cotter Design it is all about the detailing of leather. Feast your eyes on the gallery of interior inspiration we have collected for you.

THe Process of Leather

Another interesting reason for the attention is the development of new leather tanning and finishing techniques resulting in more mature colours that are deeper with natural matt finish moving well away from the over dyed and overly waxy look and feel we  came to expect in the past. This new technology leather has a natural warmth with a soft and comforting to touch.

Sofa Design by Piero Lissoni for Cassina

Sofa Design by Piero Lissoni for Cassina

Liaison Sofa for  Nonn

Liaison Sofa for Nonn

Henge X- One Sofa -  David Shaw Furniture

Henge X- One Sofa - David Shaw Furniture

I am personally on the look-out for a stunning leather sofa right now. I am more than happy for the leather to age and develop over time "the natural patina of life" as i explain to my client. My only concern is how do I choose from all the incredible options available.



The biannual Maison & Objet (M&O) French trade fair is considered to be one of the most important European events for Interior Designers.  The 5 day feast of innovation and talent ran 22nd – 26th January and we were salivating all the way!

One of our top looks is what we are calling “Cosmic Wave”.  This intergalactic journey sees explosions of colour, marbled textures and realistic outer space imagery brought to earth.

The trend also taps into M&Os  “Wild” theme,  reconnecting with elements and giving a sense of supernatural force.

Check it out:


1. Cosmic Dinnerware by Italian brands Diesel Living and Seletti. The 11-piece set features images of moons, planets, a sun, the Milky way and beyond. The set also won Wallpapers 2015 Design Award.


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2. Tables by Troels Flensted.  These poured Acrylic Polymer tables are out of this world!


3. London brand Front Rugs collaborated with artist Jan Kath to create a glorious flooring art.  The rugs are replicas of high-res photographs of gas clouds and asteroid nebulae taken by the Hubble Telescope. Some using up to 60 colours and all hand-knotted.