The first step is the careful selection of the leather. Afterwards, we at Frag use our technical expertise to convert traditional materials into functional products destined for the most cherished living spaces, taking inspiration from other sectors, such as the fashion and leather industries.
Thick leather usually has its original shape still more or less intact and is tanned in order to avoid deterioration.
Tanning, the classic method of treating leather, can be either vegetable- or salt-based. The former is a process based on the use of natural tannins sourced from trees. This is the classic method, as well as being more eco-friendly. It is used to create natural thick leather, compact and sturdy, designed to stand the test of time. This method of working the leather brings through the pattern of the individual species. As each hide has a story of its own, so each chair is a unique and original piece – absorbing the traces of our life over time, ageing without breaking. Salt-based tanning, known as ‘chrome tanning’, is the most common form. This method uses salts that create highly stable compounds together with the reactive compounds in the hide. This method of tanning results in leather that is soft, tough, flexible and almost impermeable.
All the hides used by Frag are from cattle destined for the meat industry and sourced from supervised European farms. This guarantees a high-quality tanned product, considering the low risk of damage to the hide.
This type of hide is often thin. Unlike thick leather, it is soft and has significant elasticity. It is extraordinarily tough yet breathable, and after undergoing various tanning processes, it becomes water resistant, anti-static and flame retardant. Frag hides pass the Product Environmental Footprint test, affirming the reduction of the environmental impact during the tanning process, and they are certified by Leather from Italy – Full Cycle, guaranteeing a 100% Italian production cycle.