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Ralph Baggaley

  • Leatherworker
  • Rhode-Saint-Gense, Belgium
  • Master Artisan
Ralph Baggaley Leatherworker
French, English, Dutch
By appointment only
+32 475989599
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When leather is a life's work

  • • Ralph's leather products are distinctively his
  • • He travels widely to find the best leather to use
  • • He has mastered every aspect of the making process

Chicago-born Ralph Baggaley came to Europe about four decades ago and has since clocked up more than 30 years of leatherwork experience. In the 1970s he started playing around with cloth and later leather, selling his handmade bags, wallets and belts in markets. After several years at renowned Belgian leather companies Delvaux and S-en-ciel, the talented craftsman finally opened his very own studio, filled with sewing machines, knives, cutters, hole punches, thinning tools and, of course, many kinds of leather, from poisonous Australian frog to Columbian crocodile and python skin.

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This chair combines traditional materials with a contemporary design by Gerd Couckhuyt. The cushions, masterfully upholstered by Ralph, are incredibly soft and comfortable.

Height 70 cm
Length 55 cm
Width 75 cm

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Stools for wildspirit design, STOLL50

The multifunctional stool, mounted on wheels, can be used as a pouffe, side table or storage space and has a detachable serving tray. Veneer wood was used inside and out. Ralph created the leather cushions for the stool, which was designed by Borja & Jordi Veciana.

Height 40 cm
Diameter 50 cm
Height 42 cm
Diameter 50 cm

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Night Sparke table

Ralph designed this bedside table for the Vitrine de l’Artisan, a crafts exhibition held in Belgium. He covered the hide with splashes of silver dots. The table top is protected by a sheet of glass.

Height 50
Length 50
Width 50

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Pile of suitcases

This desk was a collaborative project between Ralph and designers for Nilufar. It was built in wood to resemble a collection of suitcases and was decorated in various shades of blue. Its inspiration came from the designer’s great passion for travelling.

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