Alongside its natural beauty and character, leather possesses several other qualities that make it suitable for use in public spaces. The material is durable, which reduces its cost over a project’s lifetime, and sustainable, which reduces its impact on the environment. Elmo’s products are also certified to various industry standards relating to hygiene, fire safety and lightfastness. Perhaps most importantly, leather brings colour, texture and tactility to interiors that no other upholstery material can match. ‘It’s such a sensual product,’ says Wright. ‘You’re not just experiencing the colour, you’re also experiencing the smell and the feel of the material.’ It seems there’s more to leather than meets the eye.