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Jonathan Wieme

  • Bodenhorst
  • Leatherworker
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Master Artisan
Jonathan Wieme Leatherworker
Dutch, French, English
By appointment only
+32 478630115
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Master of a forgotten craft

  • • Jonathan creates handmade leather trunks, boxes and cases
  • • He is attracted by minimal, futuristic shapes
  • • His first creation was a bespoke watch box

Jonathan Wieme was working in the advertising industry when he realised that he wanted to work with his hands. With leather artisan Nina Bodenhorst as his master, he developed his own personality, style and form of expression. Together they founded their company Niyona, and after travelling to Paris and Tokyo several times to learn specific aspects of leathercraft, Jonathan specialised in the time-honoured art of trunkmaking, which he now develops under the signature brand Bodenhorst. “We work the old way, without machines and by stitching everything by hand,” Jonathan says. To create his trunks from start to finish he must master many skills including woodworking, metalworking, saddlery and traditional leatherworking.

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Rolling suitcase

This suitcase is entirely handmade, combining traditional trunkmaking techniques and contemporary aesthetics according to the requirements of the customer. Jonathan Wieme used black taurillon leather for the outside, with a combination of customised and existing solid brass hardware, and lined the inside compartments in alcantara. He completed the trunk with an olive wood backframe and bespoke telescopic handle. The trunk is finished with some small olive wood details.

Depth 25 cm
Width 39 cm
Height 55 cm

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MANIERA 21 table

This is a collection piece made for Gallery Maniera (BE) as part of the MANIERA 21 Collection, designed by Bernard Dubois and Isaac Reina, handcrafted by Jonathan Wieme.

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Eyewear cases

This is a series of two bespoke trunks with room for eight and 16 pairs of (sun)glasses, respectively. They are finished with some oversized custom-made solid brass hardware.

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Watch trunk

This is a bespoke watch trunk with room for 40 watches over two trays and levels. All the parts are handmade and finished with Indian rosewood veneer.

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Bracelet trunk

This is a unique and bespoke bracelets trunk made for jewellery design studio, Jochen Leën.

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