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Otis Ingrams

Otis Ingrams Leatherworker
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Full focus on leather

  • • Otis creates sleek furniture pieces
  • • His style is clean and functional, driven by the material itself
  • • Socially and environmentally responsible, he creates objects with integrity

Leather worker Otis Ingrams decided to name his design studio after the famous prehistoric man: Otzi. The 5,300-year-old mummy was found over 30 years ago, wearing leather accessories, partially crafted with techniques which are still in use today. Otis’ craft combines some of these ancient techniques with an extremely contemporary approach. His sleek designs are clean and functional and all his creations are driven by an utmost respect for the leathers that he uses, which are the finest available. A respect that Otis shows not just for the materials, but also for the world around him, both in terms of defence of the environment and in support of the protagonists of what he calls an endangered craft.

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Cinch dining chairs

Inspired by the utilitarian and timeless minimalism of the Shaker tradition, the Cinch dining chairs fuse traditional timber framed joinery with classic leather working techniques. Hand turned back oak legs and pinned tenon joints are paired with hand sewn vegetable tanned leather and linen thread; creating an elegant and tactile chair that will develop a unique patina over time.

Height 86 cm

Photo: © Otis Ingrams
Easy chair

Whole shoulders of Tuscan vegetable tanned leather are used for the basis for this exposed timber framed easy chair. Three types of leatherwork are used to create a simple but beautifully detailed piece: woven leather cord webbing supports the supple upholstered cushions. The leather is wrapped whole around the interior to give a seamless appearance. The backrest is held in place by heavy straps.

Length 80 cm
Width 70 cm
Height 78 cm

Photo: © Otis Ingrams
Pendant chair

A take on the classic safari chair, the Pendant sling chair uses a whole side of oak bark tanned bridle leather suspended from the frame. A large pouch suitable for holding magazines or laptops is slung from the back, giving a beautiful view from all angles. The headrest is made from soft panel hides and stuffed with natural washed wool.

Length 94 cm
Width 65 cm
Height 90 cm

Photo: © Otis Ingrams
Reading chair

A melding of Brazilian and Scandinavian mid-century design, the Reading chair takes the classic Danish combination of oak and leather and applies it to a shapely hand joined and turned frame. Oak bark tanned bridle leather is hand cut, burnished and finished before being sewn with linen thread. Solid brass hardware is used on the belts, constructed using traditional saddlery techniques.

Length 78 cm
Width 68 cm
Height 75 cm

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Log or blanket baskets

Based on large traditional orchard baskets, these log or blanket baskets are made from a single side of oak bark tanned leather. They are cut, dyed, polished and stitched by hand and house a solid ash or plane timber base.

Height 60 cm
Diameter 50 cm

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