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Leatherwork: Inclinator with a view

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In Sydney, luxury waterfront homes are often built on steep escarpments. The home living spaces are typically split over several levels, stepping down to the harbour front. So residents install incline elevators (inclinators) to replace hundreds of exhausting steps.

Late last year we collaborated with interior designer Sheira Said to complete a residence in Potts Point, Sydney. The owners recently invited us back to upholster the seat and the handrails of their newly installed glass inclinator. The twist: hand-stitched saddle leather.


Above: the glass-fronted inclinator provides the perfect view of Sydney.

Below: the cushion is crafted from thick saddle grade leather. The robust and weatherproof leather is ideal for exposure to the elements.


Below: the seat cushion is bespoke, crafted to a perfect fit. A stark white thread was used to evoke the classic saddle look, in contrast to the warm brown leather.


Below: the handrails were wrapped in the same saddle leather as the seat. These were carefully hand-stitched for a neat, uniform finish. The leather wrap was left untreated so that it will, like an old leather shoe, gather the patina of its regular use. 


Below: a breathtaking view from the inclinator landing.


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