We use beautiful saddle leather for our chandeliers, it has the weight and structure required to allow us to pierce and form the moulded shape.
We created our own acid green clay bole to give a flash of colour around the gold leaf on the inter ion of the chandelier.
The click knife is a great invention.
All of the stitch holes are marked up and punched by hand.
All of the raw edges within the chandelier are finished by hand with edge dye.
To create an individual personality for each of our cast bronze bees, we use patination fluids to hand paint each bronze prior to polishing.
Splitting down a 5mm leather thong to the correct diameter before stitching up the leather chandelier, a steady hand is a vital requirement for this job.
Because of the large size of the chandelier, it needs to be suspended during sewing, to ensure that the tension of the leather stitch is even. The unique shape of the leather pattern pieces create the sculpted silhouette of the chandelier.
Bringing together the top section with the bottom donut, the piece must be sewn in the round to create the correct tension.
Napoleon leather chandelier is crated up and handed over to the hoody with a forklift for safe passage to Milan.
The leather chandelier has to be partially reassembled and then dressed in situ prior to hanging. Several hundred parts need to be carefully arrange before the process can begin.
Making our final adjustments to Napoleon in the exhibition space before the piece is raised to the rafters and powered up.
The worker bee was the inspiration for this incarnation of Napoleon Leather Chandelier.
The cast bronze worker bees move across the chandelier looking for the gold.
The Milan design festival is a fabulous place for new experiences, we make time to get involved in some of the many wonderful events happening across Milan.
Napoleon finds a new home in Barcelona, together with a few other family friends.
Bronze hardware and leather with gold leaf.