Hand-crafted Lamp from Naturally Tanned Leather


by Jacques Ferrand (France)

Hand-crafted Lamp from Naturally Tanned Leather


by Jacques Ferrand (France)

Description & Product Details

This lamp is made from the most high quality leather and according to know-how and techniques established by the Compagnon, a French craftsmanship guild dating back to the Middle Ages. It is designed and produced by leather craftsman Jacques Ferrand in his Paris-based atelier. After working for many years for the likes of Hermès, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy, he sources his leather from the finest tanneries in France and Italy. For this lamp, he selected a vegetable tanned leather with a natural grain texture, which he combined with a white porcelain socket and ceiling fixture as well as an elegant off-white cord.

Composition & Colour

  • 100% Italian, Naturally Tanned Leather
  • White Porcelain Socket & Ceiling Fixture
  • Off-white Cord


  • 38cm (diameter of leather)
  • 11cm (diameter of porcelain ceiling fixture)
  • 1m50 (length of thread)


To nourish the leather, Jacques advises to apply the "Crème Universelle" from Saphir once a year.

Ideas for Use

Hang the lamp close to your favourite reading place, above your desk or next to your bed.

How it is made

  • Jacques’ Atelier in Paris

    In the heart of one of Paris’ oldest neighbourhoods, le Marais, the atelier from Jacques hides in the courtyard of a former monastery from the 14th century. Jacques works in the atelier since 2003. His Franco-Japanese girlfriend recently created a little outside garden for him.

  • Selecting the leather

    Jacques sources his leather from French and Italian tanneries that specialise in vegetable tanned leather. Before he starts working on an object, he carefully chooses the leather, striving to take the most beautiful part whilst at the same time creating as little unused leftovers as possible.

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    Cutting the leather

    He places the pattern on the leather and cuts the leather by hand. This stage requires particular concentration and precision.

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    Rounding the edges

    The edges of the lamp are carved with a leather beveller, which allows rounding the edges and to give a three-dimensional appearance to a two-dimensional surface.

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    Sealing the edges

    To give the edges a firm high gloss, Jacques applies Gum Arabic, which is a dried exudation obtained from the stems and branches of natural strains of Acacia trees. After it dried, he polishes the edges with a cotton chiffon, which then gives it its glossy finish.

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    Embossing the Leather

    To mark the collaboration, Jacques embosses the logo into the leather. For this, he uses a specialised machine, which compresses the leather and marks the Savadi Maison logo.

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    Assembling the lamp

    As a last step, Jacques adds the electric parts of the lamp and the LED bulb, which prevents the leather from burning.

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