When used in public seating, leather is often bright and striking. This is offset by dark wood designs, which emphasize louder aesthetics.
Materials being used in public hospitality seating are in a constant state of change. Vlad Spivak, co-founder and CEO of Modern Line Furniture, says that hotels are most interested in three-dimensional materials with textured surfaces.
“Design is being implemented into the materials themselves now, rather than just being put onto a product,” Spivak said. “The materials being used now have grooves, bubbles and designs built right in.”
Spivak also says that hotels are liberally using leather in their seating designs, something that Mark Goetz, designer for Cabot Wrenn, agrees with. “Leather will always be in style because of its durability,” Goetz said.
Dan Claypool, owner of Merric Millwork and Seating, believes hotels are focusing primarily on leathers with vibrant colors and eye catching designs, such as a bright red seat with a black checkerboard design for the backrest of the chair. Claypool said that hotels that use wood elements in their seating are opting for darker tones in order to balance out any flamboyant touches.
“When wood is used in hotels now it is often trimmed with deco metal or stainless steel designs,” Claypool said. “Hotels are using dark stained wood so the fabric stands out. With a dark stain, the fabric pops out, it can be the focus.”
Terrance Hunt, a designer for Councill Contract, echoed this sentiment. He said walnut wood in brown and grey tones is growing in popularity while red and cherry-toned designs are no longer preferred.
Goetz also said the tactile designs are found in modern leathers being used in wood for seating as well. “Rather than the painted look, I’m seeing more open grains that celebrate the raw beauty of the wood,” Goetz said.