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Dion Lee repurposes traditional tailoring techniques for leather furniture collection

Australian furniture producer DesignByThem has teamed up with fashion designer Dion Lee to develop a collection comprising a lounge chair and bench made by slashing and weaving leather.
The DL range is the first interdisciplinary collaboration by the Sydney-based company, which was founded in 2007 by Sarah Gibson and Nicholas Karlovasitis.

DesignByThem champions Australian design internationally and has compiled a collection of over 100 products by various industrial and furniture designers, as well as by Gibson and Karlovasitis's own studio, GibsonKarlo.
The collaboration with Dion Lee aims to unite his experimental approach to clothing design with DesignByThem's minimal aesthetic.
The brand is presenting the collection as part of its first ever European solo exhibition at Milan design week.
Lee is known for playfully adapting traditional tailoring to produce garments defined by their technical qualities and innovative construction, which he uses to enhance the female form through architectural silhouettes that emphasise movement.
"In a similar way to fashion, furniture takes something functional and purposeful and explores innovation and technique to create something inspiring," said Lee of his approach to the project.

For the DL Seating Collection ? Lee's first foray into the world of furniture design ? the designer chose to work with Italian saddle leather that is stretched over a steel frame.

The pieces are influenced by the slung-leather furniture produc...
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