CD Lab. encompasses projects and commissions that celebrate leather’s qualities as a sculptural material

“We create engaging, tactile objects that evoke comfort and invite contemplation and touch; informed by a beachcomber’s eye, remote island life and long walks, observing the natural world”.

DESIGN

Ours is a maker-lead approach, a synergy between cordwaining expertise and material mastery, to create organic forms and vessels that meld heritage, innovation and the timeless allure of leather.  We invite all enquires regarding our work or to discuss commissions.

COMMISSION

We make to order, creating work in response to its environment, colour palette and style. We ensure the excellence of craftsmanship necessary for the long life we ask of our items, each stamped discretely with our makers mark.

MATERIAL

We work exclusively with natural vegetable tanned leathers from member tanneries of the Consorzio Vera Pelle Italiana Conciata al Vegetale, sourced via A&A Crack in Northampton. Each tannery strictly adheres to high sustainability, environmental and ethical standards; every hide is a by-product of food production and carries a globally recognized certificate of authenticity. ‍

FINISH

We use natural leather creams and waxes that allow us to champion the subtle beauty of leather, that do not harm our environment and are easy to maintain indefinitely. Natural creams and waxes allow the leather to breathe and offer protection, whilst enhancing the delicacy of texture and colour. They allow pieces to gradually patina over time, adding new layers of depth to their beauty. Care instructions are included with each individual product.

 

 

 

 

 

GRAVITY

 

Bowl with exaggerated elliptical rim created in natural vegetable tanned leather

Technique: Wet moulded, hand shaped and dried; the bowl rim was reinforced with a 2mm layer of board and then the layers were glued together with water-based adhesive. The outline was shaped with a sleeking bone, and the stitch holes punched with a punch and hammer. The bowl was saddle stitched by hand with waxed polycotton thread for strength and longevity, before being trimmed by knife, sanded, burnished and waxed.

Size: L: 78cm W: 58cm H: 17cm

Material: Duplex 3mm natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole

Technique: Hand lasted, clamped and dried; trimmed by knife, hand shaped and moulded

HUSK

 

Curvaceous leather bowl molded, pleated and folded by hand

Technique: Wet moulded, hammered and dried; the pleats and folds were made by hand. The bowl was trimmed by knife, burnished and waxed.

Size: H: 18cm L: 78cm W: 58mm

Material: 3.8mm natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole

 

EVENFALL V

 

Evenfall photographed by Lola Lazaro Hinks

Set of 5 leather pendant shades; 4 metres of coloured cable each; 3 pin plug; LED vintage tube bulb

Technique: Wet moulded and hand lasted; dried and trimmed by knife; edges burnished with Tokonole; surface nourished with balm and carnauba wax; hole punch and threaded with lamp holder and cable.

Size: 25cm diam. approx.

Material: Natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole

PODS

 

PODI

 

Technique: Hand lasted, clamped and dried; trimmed by knife, hand shaped and moulded

Size: 15cm diam. approx.

Material: Natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole

POD II

 

Technique: Hand lasted, clamped and dried; trimmed by knife, hand shaped and moulded

Size: 15cm diam. approx.

Material: Natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole

POD III

 

Technique: Hand lasted, clamped and dried; trimmed by knife, hand shaped and moulded

Size: 15cm diam. approx.

Material: Natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole

POD IV

 

Technique: Hand lasted, clamped and dried; trimmed by knife, hand shaped and moulded

Size: 15cm diam. approx.

Material: Natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole

POD V

 

Technique: Hand lasted, clamped and dried; trimmed by knife, hand shaped and moulded

Size: 15cm diam. approx.

Material: Natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole

POD VI

 

Technique: Hand lasted, clamped and dried; trimmed by knife, hand shaped and moulded; edges burnished with Tokonole; surface nourished with balm and carnauba wax.

Size: 15cm diam. approx.

Material: Natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole

POD VII

 

Technique: Hand lasted, clamped and dried; trimmed by knife, hand shaped and moulded

Size: 15cm diam. approx.

Material: Natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole

POD VIII

 

Technique: Hand lasted, clamped and dried; trimmed by knife, hand shaped and moulded

Size: 15cm diam. approx.

Material: Natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole

POD IX

 

 

Technique: Hand lasted, clamped and dried; trimmed by knife, hand shaped and moulded

Size: 15cm diam. approx.

Material: Natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole

POD X

 

Technique: Hand folded and pleated, clamped and dried; trimmed by knife, hand shaped and moulded; seams cemented

Size: L: 20cm W:9cm

Material: Natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole

POD XI

 

Technique: Hand lasted, clamped and dried; trimmed by knife, hand shaped and moulded; edges burnished with Tokonole; surface nourished with balm and carnauba wax.

Size: 15cm diam. approx.

Material: Natural vegetable tanned leather

Finish: Leather balm, carnauba wax, Tokonole