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Leather drawer pulls, or are they?

May 17, 2010 | 12:12 pm

What if you like the look of leather-covered drawer pulls but can't stomach the price? Or the thought of the material eventually wearing out?

At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair running through Tuesday in New York, Turnstyle Designs introduced its solution: "composite leather." The knobs and handles shown above are made of resin and dyed marble dust. The stitching isn't actually stitching, but rather part of the molded design. What's remarkable is that these pieces don't just look like leather; they feel like it too.

The company is targeting the collection to hotels, where the composite material's durability may be appreciated most. The composite, Turnstyle says, will look new for years. Though some may miss the character of aged leather, plenty of others will appreciate the lack of smudges, scrapes and tears. Real leather also can't be stitched onto right angles, so composite creates new design possibilities, such as the squared-off pulls pictured at top.

-- Craig Nakano

Photo credit: Turnstyle Designs

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