Napoleon Leather Chandelier, a journey
       
     
Marking out the leather chandelier Pattern
       
     
Applying gold leaf to the back of the Chandelier
       
     
Gold leafing the light frame
       
     
Punching out the leather facet
       
     
Punching out the eyelets
       
     
Painting the edges
       
     
Individually painting the patina on the Bronze Bees
       
     
Making the leather thong
       
     
Hand sewing the Napoleon leather chandelier
       
     
Sewing the two halves together
       
     
Packed and ready to ship
       
     
Unpacking the Napoleon Leather Chandelier in Milan
       
     
Dressing the Napoleon Chandelier
       
     
Design festival Milan is about to open.
       
     
Exhibiting in Ventura Lambrate Milan
       
     
Leather Chandelier Hanging in Ventura Lambrate Milan
       
     
Mev & Stephen Milan design week
       
     
Napoleon leather chandelier, barcelona Spain.
       
     
Napoleon Leather Chandelier
       
     
Napoleon Leather Chandelier, a journey
       
     
Napoleon Leather Chandelier, a journey
Marking out the leather chandelier Pattern
       
     
Marking out the leather chandelier Pattern

We use beautiful saddle leather for our chandeliers, it has the weight and structure required to allow us to pierce and form the moulded shape.

Applying gold leaf to the back of the Chandelier
       
     
Applying gold leaf to the back of the Chandelier

We created our own acid green clay bole to give a flash of colour around the gold leaf on the inter ion of the chandelier.

Gold leafing the light frame
       
     
Gold leafing the light frame
Punching out the leather facet
       
     
Punching out the leather facet

The click knife is a great invention.

Punching out the eyelets
       
     
Punching out the eyelets

All of the stitch holes are marked up and punched by hand.

Painting the edges
       
     
Painting the edges

All of the raw edges within the chandelier are finished by hand with edge dye.

Individually painting the patina on the Bronze Bees
       
     
Individually painting the patina on the Bronze Bees

To create an individual personality for each of our cast bronze bees, we use patination fluids to hand paint each bronze prior to polishing.

Making the leather thong
       
     
Making the leather thong

Splitting down a 5mm leather thong to the correct diameter before stitching up the leather chandelier, a steady hand is a vital requirement for this job.

Hand sewing the Napoleon leather chandelier
       
     
Hand sewing the Napoleon leather chandelier

Because of the large size of the chandelier, it needs to be suspended during sewing, to ensure that the tension of the leather stitch is even. The unique shape of the leather pattern pieces create the sculpted silhouette of the chandelier.

Sewing the two halves together
       
     
Sewing the two halves together

Bringing together the top section with the bottom donut, the piece must be sewn in the round to create the correct tension.

Packed and ready to ship
       
     
Packed and ready to ship

Napoleon leather chandelier is crated up and handed over to the hoody with a forklift for safe passage to Milan.

Unpacking the Napoleon Leather Chandelier in Milan
       
     
Unpacking the Napoleon Leather Chandelier in Milan

The leather chandelier has to be partially reassembled and then dressed in situ prior to hanging. Several hundred parts need to be carefully arrange before the process can begin.

Dressing the Napoleon Chandelier
       
     
Dressing the Napoleon Chandelier

Making our final adjustments to Napoleon in the exhibition space before the piece is raised to the rafters and powered up.

Design festival Milan is about to open.
       
     
Design festival Milan is about to open.
Exhibiting in Ventura Lambrate Milan
       
     
Exhibiting in Ventura Lambrate Milan

The worker bee was the inspiration for this incarnation of Napoleon Leather Chandelier.

Leather Chandelier Hanging in Ventura Lambrate Milan
       
     
Leather Chandelier Hanging in Ventura Lambrate Milan

The cast bronze worker bees move across the chandelier looking for the gold.

Mev & Stephen Milan design week
       
     
Mev & Stephen Milan design week

The Milan design festival is a fabulous place for new experiences, we make time to get involved in some of the many wonderful events happening across Milan.

Napoleon leather chandelier, barcelona Spain.
       
     
Napoleon leather chandelier, barcelona Spain.

Napoleon finds a new home in Barcelona, together with a few other family friends.

Napoleon Leather Chandelier
       
     
Napoleon Leather Chandelier

Bronze hardware and leather with gold leaf.