What is Hand buffed leather?
The strong buffalo leather of Station7 is treated in a special way in our Italian tannery after colouring and then buffed by hand. This traditional method produces a tough but chic look with a pleasantly soft touch. Buffalo leather has a natural look with natural unevennesses remaining visible. Think for example of insect bites, scratches and scars. This makes every leather dining room chair that you buy at Station7 unique. Although you can see the natural markings, the leather remains of the highest quality. Handmade. After colouring, the leather gets an additional protective layer with UV protection. It protects against moisture and prevents discolouration.
Natural markings and creases
Leather is made from animal hides. And because all animals are different, real leather furniture pieces are all different too. Even the leather of two identical chairs varies. The natural markings, which are visible on our leather furniture, are caused by insect bites, wrinkles, skin folds and healed scars. This makes our products unique; you can see the life that the buffalo led in your furniture as it were. The leather of a new chair or sofa usually looks smooth. But that changes. Over time natural creases will be formed. By sitting on it you put pressure on the leather and you exude warmth. The padding of the cushions also becomes softer. The leather is more spaciously applied to prevent the stitching from tearing precisely for that reason. During use, more stretch will occur naturally, which inevitably leads to creases. That too is a feature of a natural product such as leather.
Care is very important for the leather natural product . Your leather furniture remains beautiful longer if you care for it well. Use the leather care kit 4 times a year on average. These are available in our showroom or from our website, click here to view the products.
Another 7 tips to enjoy your furniture for a long time:
Sunlight and various types of artificial light fade the leather. That's why you should not expose leather chairs to the direct effect of light. You can thus prevent that the material discolours and/or fades quickly.
Your pets' claws damage your furniture. Even the most robust types of leather cannot withstand that.
Too much heat dries out the natural leather fibres. Never place your leather chairs too close to heat sources. If you still have to place a sofa near a radiator, make sure there is enough space between the floor, radiator and chairs for the air to circulate properly and the moisture balance in the room and in the furniture is maximised as much as possible.
Ensure good air humidity.
For living rooms we recommend an air humidity of 45-55%, the ideal temperature is between 18-22 degrees Celsius.
Never use aggressive substances on the leather. No turpentine, chlorine or other chemical substances.
Be careful with sharp objects on leather, like belts or zips. They can damage the leather.
Don't rub too hard if there is a stain on your furniture. Carefully remove the stain with a tissue and pat it clean with a damp, but certainly not too wet cloth.