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 week long International furnishing show that is IMM Cologne ran this past January.  Trade fairs showcase a feast of décor innovation and imagination which get us very excited.

This year we were particularly taken by the rise of coloured glass in coffee and side tables. Reflecting the WGSN 2016 Deep Summer trend you can see water-like transparency, bioluminescent hues, ombres and contrasting materials featured in our favourite picks;


Shimmer Tivoli Table by Patricia Urquiola for Glas Italia

The amazingly talented Patricia Urquiola has done it again. A Laminated and glued glass construction is seamless.  Iridescent and multichromatic, the glass creates ethereal reflections with changing light.


Bell Tables by Sebastian Herkner for Classicon

Herkner was nominated to design the Dashaus – Interiors on Stage exhibition at IMM Cologne.  Each year a designer is chosen to work with the 200m2 stage to create a future oriented, practical and workable house-like space.  All furniture, colours, materials, lighting and accessories were selected by Herkner and so created a sort of portrait of the designer.  He described the space as “soft aromatic, colourful and communicative”  we think his Bell table is much the same.

Materials are contrasting and illusory.  The metal top appears to float on a light and fragile glass base, a contradiction to the the usual heavy base and glass top.


Pli Side Table by Victoria Wilmotte for Classicon

Surface treated stainless steel gives these geometric bases the look of giant polished semi-precious stones.  The smooth rounded crystal glass top contrasts nicely with the faceted base which playfully reflects light.  It seems Classicon are hitting the mark with glass.


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Hampton Low Table by Eric Jourdan for Ligne Roset

Lastly the pink glass and wood combination was a hit on this coffee table.  The generous use of coloured glass relaxes the seriousness of the architectural style and helps to tie in softer textures and more playful patterns.


Introducing coloured glass doesn't need to be limited to tables. Vases and lighting are an easy way to inject this playful trend and enjoy the magical patterns light and glass can make!