All About Hair on Hide

Tibetan Wool Ottoman

Furniture featuring Hair on Hide is unmistakable with its sumptuous texture and unique look, without a doubt the result of artisan craftsmanship. The techniques used to preserve an animal’s natural fur and skin for various uses have been developed and perfected since ancient times, with the earliest known piece of leather footwear dating back to 3,500 BCE.

Animal pelts are carefully cleaned and treated using a process known as tanning. Tanning reformats the protein structure of the leather in order to keep it preserved. In order to create Hair on Hide leather, artisans must select the highest quality animal skin, as the hair must remain attached for the tanning process.

The beautiful leather produced is ideal for upholstery.  Its natural look invites touch, creating the opportunity for a sensory experience. In particular, contemporary Hide on Hair furniture provides an unexpected twist on an otherwise classic form.

A+ Player Lounge Chair

When paired with acrylic accents, the effect is sleek and modern. The A+ Player Lounge chair, from B. Pila’s line of fun luxury furniture, adds an enticing layer of complexity on an iconic form.

Tibetan Wool Ottoman

Elegantly carved horse hooves on this Tibetan Lamb ottoman from VanCollier give this design a sense of humor. The wild, kinky hair provides texture, visual interest, and an organic shape.

The Wildebeest OttomanThe Springbok Ottoman

The Wildebeest and Springbok Ottomans preserve the natural lines and details from the animal’s pelt. The wild look provides a stark contrast with the simple cube shape. The Kudu Ottoman, pictured below, even preserves the tail.

The Kudu Ottoman

Hair on Hide furniture makes a bold statement. Its accompanying details can allow the material itself to take center stage, like in the featured items above. Acrylic in particular lends itself to this purpose. Other applications allow Hair on Hide to become more of an accent to the overall piece.

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The classic X Bench form, rendered in acrylic, gives a striking contrast to the hide cushion with brass studs. The overall affect is alluring and eye-catching.

Queen of Hearts Chair

The Queen of Hearts Chair, courtesy of B. Pila again, seamlessly blends Hair on Hide into the leather back and blonde wood legs, giving the piece cohesiveness but providing additional interest to the discerning eye.

Hair on hide furniture is certainly a daring choice, but flexible to be the main focal point or simply contribute to the overall atmosphere in a contemporary space. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

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10 Pieces That Pop With Color

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Looking for some ways to turn up the color in your space? Get bold and experiment! Below is just a sample of items at Donjenna that enliven any interior.

1. Antica Firenze Roberto Footed Bowl in Verde

Roberto Footed Bowl Verde

Fortunata Fine Italian Ceramics produces breathtaking designs that merge classical forms with rustic details, tied together in warm, vibrant hues.

2. A+ Player Lounge Chair in Citron

A+ Player Lounge Chair

B. Pila’s line of fun luxury furniture gives your space a playful edge. The acrylic base of this bespoke lounger elevates its modern form.

3. Buon Appetito 5 Piece Place Setting in Sea Blue

Buon Appetito Sea Blue 5pc Place Setting

The Buon Appetito Series by Fortunata features bold designs softened by natural features, thanks to skilled artisan handiwork.

4. Neon S Floor Lamp

S Floor Lamp

On or off, a neon floor lamp injects fun and vitality into any space. The S Lamp above boasts pink and orange lights.

5. King Puck Wall Sculpture

King Puck Wall Sculpture

This tounge-in-cheek mounted wall sculpture by Stray Dog Design is a small detail that creates a delightful moment in a contemporary dwelling.

6. Lowery Metallic Linen Pillow

Lowery Metallic Linen PillowPiper Collection pillows feature metallic linen and unexpected textures in striking, youthful prints. The Lowery, seen above, is particularly stunning example.

7. Brandeis Blue Lounge Chair

Brandeis Blue Lounge Chair

This gorgeous structural armchair, in rich Brandeis blue velvet, adds gravitas without taking itself too seriously.

8. Ann Architectural Floor Lamp

ANN FLOOR LAMP

The modern form of the Ann Architectural Floor Lamp elevates function into art. A bold red lampshade completes the look.

9. Acrylic X Bench in Tangerine

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The airy Acrylic base of the X Bench makes the tufted tangerine cushion appear to float. Classical stylings and playful details make this piece fun and sophisticated.

10. Amber Cycled-Up Glass Pendant Light

Amber Cycled-Up Glass Pendant

Individually fired, hand-stacked rings create a unique pendant light. Artist Kathleen Plate uses recycled glass in her stunning, contemporary design.

 

donjenna is an exclusive source for bespoke and handcrafted art décor. We cross the globe to create partnerships with previously undiscovered artisans. From our robust e-commerce gallery, we display and sell superior quality modern and contemporary items to discerning interior designers, architectural firms, and consumers.

Fortunata For The Holidays

Casa Mia Serving Bowl

The holidays are typically full of family gatherings, with kitchens and dining rooms packed with loved ones and plates piled high with food. Functional, sturdy dinnerware is a must, especially for the fall and winter ahead and for those hearty dishes essential to the season.

Fortunata Fine Italian Ceramics makes an incredible line of dinnerware that’s nothing short of perfect for the end-of-year holidays and celebratory occasions.

Casa Mia Collection

Fortunata’s striking, well-made dinnerware makes your surroundings effortlessly beautiful. It’s in those little details– like natural textures and earth toned glazes in the Casa Mia series pictured above.

 Fortunata creates versatile, modern designs that move seamlessly from everyday into festive tablescape. Make moments more memorable, more enjoyable.

Casa Mia Ramekin Bowl

Artisan made Italian ceramics are absolutely complimentary to delicious home cooked food. Fortunata’s design inspirations come from time-honored Tuscan techniques of firing and glazing. Serving comfort food cooked with soul on these ceramics continues that same proud tradition of passing on knowledge from one generation to the next.

Buon Appetito Dinner Party

 

What’s more, Fortunata’s breathtaking ceramic designs, like the Buon Appetito series above, make a great gift.

Dinnerware as a gift says that you want to spend time with a person. It’s a gift that allows your loved one to fully participate in the family affair of eating together. Fortunata ceramics make an instant family heirloom that will be treasured for years to come.

From our homes to yours, here’s a recipe that goes great in the Casa Mia Covered Casserole Dish, pictured below.

Casa Mia Covered Casserole DishCasa Mia Casserole Dish

Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

  • 2 red peppers, cut into 1-inch wide strips
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 summer squash, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 cremini mushrooms, halved
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced into 1-inch strips
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herb mix or herbs de Provence
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (store bought or homemade)Casa Mia Casserole Covered Dish
  • 1 cup grated fontina cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated smoked mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus 1/3 cup for topping
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
On a baking sheet, toss the peppers, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and onions with olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and dried herbs. Roast until tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook for about 6 minutes. Since you will be cooking the pasta a second time in the oven, you want to make sure the inside is still hard. Drain in a colander.

In a large bowl, toss the drained pasta with the roasted vegetables, marinara sauce, cheeses, peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Using a wooden spoon, gently mix, until all the pasta is coated with the sauce and the ingredients are combined.

Pour the pasta into the greased Casa Mia Covered Casserole Dish. Top with the remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan and butter pieces. Bake, uncovered, until top is golden and cheese melts, about 25 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

 

donjenna is an exclusive source for bespoke and handcrafted art décor. We cross the globe to create partnerships with previously undiscovered artisans. From our robust e-commerce gallery, we display and sell superior quality modern and contemporary items to discerning interior designers, architectural firms, and consumers.