Spinneybeck introduced full grain, aniline dyed Italian leathers to North America more than five decades ago. With more than 1,000 colorways in over 30 families of leather upholstery as well as architectural products, Spinneybeck's exacting standards, innovative products, and prompt service have become industry hallmarks. Our clients have always been intrigued by the Spinneybeck brand name, which represents the ingredients for ancient leather making. "Spinney", the Middle English word for woods or thicket, represents tannin, the ancient ingredient derived from wood bark which is still used in leather making. "Beck," the word for brook or swift moving stream, represents the water component of leather making.
Spinneybeck is recognized as a leading provider of high-quality leather to architects and interior designers. Over the decades, the company has evolved from a supplier of full grain, aniline dyed Italian leather for upholstery and aircraft interiors to a manufacturer of pioneering, leather architectural products. In addition, Spinneybeck’s work with industry design leaders in the fields of sculpture, architecture, interior design, and textiles has generated inventive leathers, color work, patterned wall tiles, drawer pulls, and sculpted wall systems.
Leather is an ancient and resilient material created through a process of tanning animal rawhide to preserve it and make it pliable when dry. Natural leather is superior to synthetic products and is highly durable and resilient while providing comfort, suppleness, and beauty. Plus, leather’s ability to patina and age gracefully enhances the appearance and makes it more beautiful over time. Spinneybeck leather qualities range from smooth, tight grains to rich, velvety suedes and natural, buttery naked leathers. Specialty leathers feature pearlized, hand tipped, and distressed finishes plus perforated and embossed leathers which provide unexpected geometric and decorative patterning.
Belting Leather is a heavy weight, full grain leather that was originally developed during the Industrial Revolution to drive pulley belts and other machinery. With its thick, firm feel, this leather is 100 percent vegetable tanned and aniline dyed. The smooth, tight grain character is created from a unique blend of mimosa and chestnut and a premium selection of European raw material. Belting Leather is processed in Santa Croce, a region of Italy with a strong heritage of producing some of the finest quality vegetable tanned leathers. Protected by a light water resistant finish, Belting Leather can be used as an inlay on desks and tables or as straps and seat pads on custom furniture. The pliability of the product allows it to be woven, wrapped around columns, or applied to walls. It may also be debossed, laser engraved, or layered to create decorative patterning.
Designed exclusively for Spinneybeck by noted architect, Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, leather tiles exhibit all of the beautiful, natural, and varied characteristics of full grain, aniline dyed leather. The natural feel of leather is enhanced through Spinneybeck’s proprietary process which results in a tile that is resilient and stable. The virtually unlimited combinations of colors, shapes, and tile dimensions allow for truly custom applications for floors, stairs, and walls. Applied directly on concrete floors or a smooth hardwood surface, leather suppresses sound and adds a warm, luxurious feel to the room. Like hardwood floors, leather tiles will develop a rich patina and age beautifully over time.
Leather handrails elevate an overlooked rail to a tactile, distinctive feature. This elegant and durable solution for stairs or elevator and door hardware enhances a space with a handcrafted, bespoke architectural element. Originating in Europe, the craft of wrapping handrails in leather is an art form. The leather is cut, shaved, and wrapped by hand adhering the leather to the handrail substrate. To create a polished, seamless aesthetic, the handrail is stitched on the underside providing a subtle handmade detail and tactile surprise beneath. Customizable options include substrate material and diameter, leather type, stitching style, thread color, and leather or stainless steel end caps.
Magnetic Backed Leather
Magnetic Backed Leather creates flexible visual interest for a wide range of vertical and horizontal surfaces such as walls, headboards, and metal furniture. Its sleek, flat profile provides an affordable architectural alternative. The leather is easily attached to any existing metal surface, such as metal shelving and vertical files, and effortlessly transforms a bank of lateral files, metal bookcases, or storage towers. In addition, with the use of magnetic paint, wall surfaces can quickly transform into a wall of texture and color. Plus the tiles can be relocated easily, making this a cost efficient design option. Choose a single color for a more formal look or multiple textures, sizes, and colors to create a custom mosaic.
As Mies Van der Rohe said “God is in the details.” Designed by noted architect, Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, Spinneybeck leather pulls are quintessential modernist embellishments for any room. Leather pulls are die cut from 100 percent vegetable tanned, full grain Belting Leather in 26 colorways ranging from natural to vibrant hues. The sculptural shapes are enhanced by the inherent qualities of Belting Leather—its thick, firm feel and smooth finish are tactile yet substantive. Pulls feature a protective water resistant finish making them suitable for home, corporate, retail, hospitality, or educational environments. And installation is a snap with stainless steel mounting hardware provided.
The natural feel of leather and plentiful color options create an unlimited canvas for the floor. Haired hide rugs are a sophisticated, versatile and natural floor covering option. Haired Hide is a cowhide that has been tanned only to soften the hair left intact. Each luxurious hide is unique in color, size, and feel. Among the color selection is Tri-Color (brown, black, and white) which reveals unique, natural markings that are one-of-a-kind. Spinneybeck’s standard rug collection of rugs is designed by noted architect, Emanuela Frattini Magnusson. The collection features four designs–Check, Grid, Woven, and Constructed Haired Hide–and each rug fabricated with superb craftsmanship from the finest Italian leather.
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Tratto, meaning traction or stretch in Italian, is a unique screen made from stretched CNC cut Belting Leather held in traction within an aluminum frame. Designed by Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, the screen acts as an impactful feature wall or space divider in numerous colors of Belting Leather. The leather is sliced and stretched creating sculptural shapes with an interesting play of positive and negative space. The screen affords space separation without blocking light or sight lines and is materially efficient since it stretches the leather to more than twice its length.
Spinneybeck Wall Panels add character and style to a wide range of wall, headboard, and ceiling applications. With more than 1,000 standard colorways in 30 leather types, the leather wall panels offer a refined alternative to vertical surfacing. Constructed of high quality leather wrapped around standard 15-ply Baltic birch plywood or FR (Fire Rated) substrate, all panels come preinstalled with Z-Clip fasteners for easy hanging.
Erwin Hauer Studio Collection
Erwin Hauer has spent his life perfecting architectural screens and sculptures that celebrate the infinite continuous surface, known as Modular Constructivism. These light-diffusing walls and room dividers have been lauded as “quintessential works of modernism.” Spinneybeck has partnered with Hauer to reinterpret his iconic designs in Spinneybeck leathers. These modular wall planks allow his work to be reimagined in a new material and extensive color range. Hauer’s designs are milled from high density MDF, then vacuum formed with high-quality Spinneybeck leather. The leather hides are seamed with a decorative machine stitch at random intervals so as not to detract from the primary pattern. This smart modular system ships in individual planks which come together to form an uninterrupted composition.
Genevieve Bennett Studio Collection
Genevieve Bennett is a visual designer based in London. Her bespoke leatherwork is rooted in the tradition of the decorative arts and yet has a bold, contemporary aesthetic of intelligent and creative beauty. Focusing on cutting edge techniques, she believes
in creating products, which are precious, distinctive, and will last. The inspiration for Genevieve’s collection for Spinneybeck draws on the rich history of leather working. From embossed Spanish leather wall coverings of the 16th Century to the exquisite hand tooling and brogueing of leather for traditional men’s shoes and field wear, these heritage influences are paired with modern production techniques and premium quality leather. The result is a covetable and beautiful collection in an exquisite range of Belting Leather colors. Tiles are layered, laser engraved, and debossed and often used as wall, door, floor and ceiling surfaces, headboards, and cabinet detailing. While undoubtedly delightful, they are also an astonishingly practical and versatile product.
All of Spinneybeck’s custom work begins with gorgeous full grain, Italian leather. In-house capabilities paired with an established network of local manufacturers allow Spinneybeck to provide a variety of custom solutions ranging from the customization of standard products to full bespoke services. Capabilities include custom colors, laser engraving, perforated and embossed patterns, painting, cutting, stitching and embroidery as well as full fabrication and installation.