handworked leather cushions, tiles & carpets
Pachamama -- Interior Design, 8/8/2005 12:00:00 AM
The name Pachamama means "mother earth," so it's not surprising that the company's leather goods are happy, hippy chic. The collection marks the collaboration of Conceria Priante, an upscale tannery in Italy, with the Dutch fashion designer Catherina van Vonderen. What started as a way to reuse leftover leather trimmings has evolved into intricate handworked leather floor cushions, wall tiles, and carpets that can also be hung as wall art. Cosmic interlaces a constellation of padded pancakelike shapes. Individual fringed geometric petals encircle the Lotus rug. Twenty floor coverings accented in earthy bits of horn, brass, and mirror-finished metal debuted during a fair in Abu Dhabi earlier this year. At this year's ICFF, "Everybody said they'd never seen anything like them before," says Meryl Siegman, president of Cortina Leathers, which is distributing the existing line. A more sedate selection of designs arrive this fall. 45 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10010; 800-338-6229; cortinaleathers.com.