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Article featured in Life Gold Coast Magazine, April 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Advances in tanning technology and design innovations mean leather furniture is no longer reserved for the rich and famous, but is now an affordable 'must have’ to suite any home interior.

Leading leather furniture company Stallion Design has more than 300 local and imported lounge designs in every colour of the rainbow, from pale lavender to the more traditional tans and black, to appeal to all tastes.

Successful since 1974, managing director Garry Pearse says the reason for tis continued growth is its ongoing pursuit of excellence. "Fashion and colour trends may come and go, but the one thing we don't comprise on is quality," says Garry.

What you may not know is that the quality is in the grain. Stallion Design uses only full-grain leather which will wear for least 20 years. It is dyed to the various shades and shows the character of the beast it came from, including small marks, which add to the character and appeal of having leather, without affecting the quality or wearing ability.

"Because full-grain leather retains its natural structure, it will breathe and continue to remain supple if looked after correctly, plus it's simply more beautiful", says Garry.

The alternative is corrected-grain leather which has the outer surface of the hide removed, either by splitting the hide and/or shaving the surface.

"The leather is then resurfaced to give it a grain, paint is applied and the whole thing is put through a finishing process. As a result, it loses elasticity and will not breathe. This treatment means that most corrected-grain leathers under normal wear and tear, will have a life expectancy of about 5 years, no matter how well you treat it. While you might save on the initial purchase, furniture covered in full-grain leather will still look good years after you've had to replace the corrected-grain pieces."

There is no doubt that modern leather adds beauty and value making it the perfect choice for your home.

Stallion Design sells lounges, chairs, dining room settings and coffee tables all over Australia from its Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast showrooms.

Visit their showroom located at 1/21 Ashmore road, Bundall. Or phone 5592 54 25 for more information.