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Nina Bodenhorst

  • Niyona
  • Leatherworker
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Master Artisan
Nina Bodenhorst Leatherworker
French, Dutch, English
By appointment only
+32 470350816
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Precision, passion and perfection

  • • Nina combines modern design with traditional savoir-faire
  • • She co-founded leather studio Niyona with Jonathan Wieme
  • • They source high-quality, sustainable leather from local tanneries

Niyona is an independent studio specialised in the design and production of high-end leather goods. It was founded in 2010 by industrial designer and artisan Nina Bodenhorst and her partner, the trunkmaker Jonathan Wieme. Nina used to work as a designer/stylist for a Belgian leather goods house while taking leathercraft evening classes. Once she decided to start her own company, she worked for a year with a master craftsman in Belgium. “Back in 2010, right after I stopped working for this Belgian company, I started to look for leather suppliers, old tools and the right machines,” she says. “At the beginning I worked for hours all week long in a cold basement, but in 2013 we opened an amazing space in the centre of Brussels.”

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This black backpack is entirely handmade. It is saddle-stitched with a leather goatskin interior and features interior compartments and a rigid exterior pocket.

Width 30 cm
Depth 14 cm
Height 40 cm

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The BagBag

The inspiration for the shape of this elegant handbag came from the bags of Belgian designer Kiki Niesten. The bag was conceived by the Dutch creative duo Lernert & Sander.

Length 35 cm
Width 11 cm
Height 35 cm

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Het Beest (The Beast)

Some 13 bovine leather skins, kilos of feathers and foam, metres of black-burned steel and countless hours of hard labour went into the making of this monumental sofa.

Length 3 m
Width 1.5 m
Height 1 m

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