Timothy Oulton featured its latest innovations at a special ‘Live in Leather’ exhibit at Hong Kong’s prestigious MM&T fair last month, including the Mad Professor chair and Bombee chest clad in Scarecrow leather. Recognised as an industry leader in leather hand-finishing, Timothy Oulton also fabricated several pieces at the event for other esteemed designers, ranging from leather bottles to an intricate braided leather light. We even found inspiration from a very big fish, in a collaboration with avant-garde French designer Laur Meyrieux.

The tropical Pirarucu fish lives deep in the Brazilian Amazon. The largest freshwater fish in South America, they can grow over 2 metres long and weigh over 100kgs, resulting in a very strong skin. Having never worked with fish-skin leather before, Timothy Oulton’s leather master, Diego Diaz, applied his knowledge and expertise to this most exotic of leathers. Our artisans hand-crafted several of Laur Meyrieux’s designs for the exhibition including low tables wrapped in the Pirarucu fish-skin.

These collaborations highlight not only our renowned leather expertise but also our commitment to innovation. When Tim embarked on his own artisanal furniture collection he was introduced to Argentinian leather master Diego Diaz at a fair in Shanghai and instinctively offered him a job. Sharing an ingrained passion for leather, they collaborate closely to produce new and inventive leathers using unorthodox methods, weird and wonderful concoctions and age old hand-finishing techniques.

Our latest innovative finish; Scarecrow, is inspired by an old antique wing chair that Tim fell in love with in a Paris flea market. This full aniline leather has been specially developed to create a natural, unfinished state – just like a raw hide. It is carefully hand-buffed to bring out the natural scars and blemishes, resulting in an authentic leather stamped with individuality. Scarecrow features in the new 2014 collection on the Mad Professor chair and Bombee chest (pictured above at the MM&T fair).