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Currently Coveting: Swedish Wood and Leather Designs from an Eco-Conscious Tannery

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Currently Coveting: Swedish Wood and Leather Designs from an Eco-Conscious Tannery

July 23, 2020

We love the idea of buying something once and never having to replace it. But what would we want to own forever? When we ponder this, Smålands Skinnmanufaktur (SSM), a creative studio and production house in the Southern Swedish province of Småland, comes to mind.

Run by Hillevi Magnell and Josef Stockhem, a husband-and-wife team, SSM hand produces a capsule collection of useful, built-to-last household designs, from tables to clothes hangers. All are made of pale ash detailed with leather from Tärnsjö Garveri, a local 140-year-old tannery with a focus on sustainability. We could see living with these things for a good while.

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Above: The train-rack-style SSM Hat Rack is 1,795 kr (approximately $202). (There’s also an equally handy Shoe Shelf.) N.B.: All of the photos except the very last were shot at Villa Strömsfors, a grand, rescued 1908 house that’s now a combination event space and hotel.
The SSM Hanger Loop and Hanger Double, both 350 kr, can hold all sorts of things.
Above: The SSM Hanger Loop and Hanger Double, both 350 kr, can hold all sorts of things.

SSM’s leather supplier Tärnsjö Garveri notes, “Our tannery is among the remaining five percent of tanning houses worldwide that still employs vegetable tanning instead of the more time- and cost-efficient chrome excel method. We only source Swedish hides, the byproduct of the local meat industry, and we operate with great respect for our environment and our craftsmen.”

Daybed and magazine holder by Smalands Skin Manufaktur.
Above: The SSM Daybed, 35,000 kr, comes in dark or pale woven leather, as does the Magazine Hanger, 850 kr. SSM ships worldwide and also sells through a few retailers: the Magazine Hanger and Hook is available for $95 from At Land in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

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Above: The SSM Trolly has a woven-leather shelf, 12,500.
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Above: The Shelf 30, 1,200 kr, and  Shelf 90, 1,900 kr. The pen holder is the Vase, S, 350 kr.

SSM owners Hillevi and Josef explain that she oversees design and marketing; he’s in charge of manufacturing and is “the one who sews all our products.” At their factory, they also design and produce leather goods for other companies.

The Bench, ,500 kr, is the smaller sibling of the daybed shown above. At Land in Westchester, NY, offers the clothes Hanger & Hook for $90. That&#8
Above: The Bench, 15,500 kr, is the smaller sibling of the daybed shown above. At Land in Westchester, NY, offers the clothes Hanger & Hook for $90. That’s a leather and glass Vase, M, 1,000 kr, on the window sill.
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Above: Hanger 90, 1,200 kr, can be used indoors or out (in a sheltered spot). This was shot at architect/furniture designer Bruno Mathsson’s 1960 summer house in Frösakull, Sweden: see more here.

Inspired? Here are three leather DIY ideas:

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