LIFEFORM uses only the finest Full Grain Natural hides for our Premium Leather offering. The term Full Grain refers to leather that has not been altered by sanding, buffing or splitting. Full Grain leather retains the grain layer; original texture and markings that naturally occur during the lifetime of the animal and create a one-of-a-kind look for each upholstered product. Breathability is an important characteristic of Full Grain leather. Due to its intact grain and pore structure, Full Grain leather breathes. The leather adjusts to temperature and wicks away moisture and body heat, making it very comfortable to sit on.
Hallmarks of Natural Leather. Natural Full Grain leather features unique signatures that make every piece of furniture bespoke. As individual as a fingerprint, each hide of leather is distinctive in its markings. This imbues beauty and serves as evidence of it’s authenticity. Leather is a natural material, so that each hide is unique in its markings and consistency. Not only will each hide’s markings be different, but also the color and texture – sometimes growing darker around the edges of the hide of down the middle, and grain texture growing small to large – all within one hide. Dyes are absorbed differently throughout the hide and some color variation is normal and to be expected. Color variation ranges from slight in pigmented top-coat protected finish (like Deer Run), to distinct in semi or full aniline finished leathers with no top-coat color pigments (like Brighton, Contarni, Echo, Harness, Mont Blanc and Providence). With regular use, as the leather fibres relax, we expect that puddling may occur in the areas that receive the most body contact, such as seat and back cushions. All these signs serve as more evidence of the leather’s authenticity and should be no cause for concern. Leathers with a “waxy” or “pull-up” finish, will continue to change appearance as the leather ages, responds to your lifestyle and the way you use your furniture. This is often referred to as “Patina” or the soft sheen that develops on the surface of the leather over time. Typical characteristics found in Natural Full Grain Premium Leather are (but not limited to): Vein Lines, Horn Butts, Scrapes & Healed Scars, Fat Wrinkles, Skin Blemishes & Bug Bites, Color Variation and Grain Variation.
Full Grain is often confused with Top Grain, but Top Grain leather simply comes from the uppermost portion of a hide which has been split into layers and sold as two different products: Top Grain and Split Leather. Thus Top Grain leather is inferior in comparison to Full Grain Leather.