Hide and Chic

Like the “LBD” (little black dress) there are some things that have lasting design relevance that is truly timeless. They can change shape, form and application, again like the LBD, but the general concept remains the same.

That brings me to the humble yet versatile cowhide – fabulous and timeless in its many applications. In it’s most simple form, as mentioned in last weeks Blog post ‘Floor it”, the cow hide rug is well suited in many very different types of interiors, but its versatility goes far beyond the simple rug. Cowhide and calfskin have been used in upholstery for centuries and were once commonly referred to as ‘pony skin’ – but are really just cowhides (most of the time!).

Many styles of furniture from Hollywood Regency to rustic to modern design classics that are as relevant today as they were back when they were originally designed were often upholstered in cowhide or ‘pony skin’. Le Corbusier’s classic LC4 (lounge chair 4 – famously reproduced to near death) for example, and the Charles and Ray Eames’s LCW (Lounge Chair Wood).

The great thing about a cowhide is that like the cow it comes from, no two are exactly alike, so whether you are putting your hide on the floor or on a chair, ottoman, stool or bench, each piece is unique. These days, cowhides come in many colours and prints, including leopard and Zebra (which I personally find a bit of fun).

You can get patchwork cowhide rugs, cowhide bed heads, cowhide floor and wall tiles even! Some of these trends will come and go, of course, but if you stick to the traditional applications such as an honest to goodness cowhide rug, or simple upholstered seats, you will have bought yourself a design classic that will far outlast your future wardrobe malfunctions.

The best part of all is that if you want to get yourself one of these beauties, you can pick one up at IKEA for a measly $299.00 http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/80222931/