Leatherboy is a good comfortable chap. He is the result of Iain Munro’s need for decent stools for his brace of West Melbourne cafes. This simple design rests on the exposed bridle joint, and is added to with saddlery leather and saddlery felt, both made here in Australia.
The timber is recycled French oak re-claimed from wine vats in Mildura. This valuable timber has an interesting history – planted 250 years back by thoughtful Frenchmen dreaming of wine and warships. These plantation trees were harvested about a hundred years ago and shipped to the antipodes to lay down good oaking barrels for the origins of Australian wine. I think this is a good way to write a whole new chapter for this remarkable material.
Still going to Ikea at the weekend? make sure to ask them for the provenance of their timber…