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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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Attaché case

This attaché case in navy calf leather with camel Alcantara lining was made as a bespoke piece for a private client. Solid brass accessories with galvanised nickel were used to finish the case.

Length 43 cm
Width 33 cm
Height 14 cm

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Wine list case – Restaurant Bon-Bon

For the two Michelin starred restaurant Bon-Bon in Brussels Jonathan designed and created four exclusive cases and matching wine list holders. Everything has been handmade in the traditional way, with velvet interiors and indian rosewood veneer.

Depth 10 cm
Width 25 cm
Height 23 cm

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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 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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Watch case

This small green watch case was created to hold three exclusive watches. It was made in full grain green leather with a grey velvet interior.

Depth 12 cm
Width 27 cm
Height 11 cm

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Watch & jewellery case

This watch case with watch winders was handmade in white grained bull leather, natural calfskin and Alcantara for the interior. It is mounted on solid African Paduk wood, also found in veneer under the handle. The trunk contains two programmable Swiss-Kubik (masterbox) watch winders and a secret spot for an extra watch.

Depth 15 cm
Width 32 cm
Height 26 cm

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