Alfredo Häberli: DS-373

Inspired by a small leather elephant found at a flea market Alfredo Häberli’s new project for deSede, on view at imm cologne, features an exquisitely folded design.

Alfredo Häberli, DS-373, deSede
Alfredo Häberli’s basis and inspiration for the DS-373 was a small leather elephant found at a flea market.
Made from a smooth piece of leather, it features an exquisitely folded design, giving it its three-dimensional shape.
Häberli’s vision for the DS-373 was to showcase the extremely thick yet supple neck leather and the statement neck fold design. His primary goal was to develop an understated, stripped-back shape in a refined piece of bullhide in a way which allowed the unique grain of the leather to highlight the expression of the design. During this process, he focused on the pattern, scaled-down stitching and ergonomics.
Alfredo Häberli, DS-373, deSede
Top : Alfredo Häberli, DS-373 Designer’s Choice edition, deSede. Above : Alfredo Häberli working on DS-373, deSede

The model’s form is based on neck leather’s natural qualities. The 5 mm thick bullhide gives the product its signature expression and forms the basis of the design.

For the DS-373 Designer’s Choice edition, the designer chose an open-pored and untreated neck leather that has been tanned using plant extracts. With use, a patina typical of this type of material forms relatively quickly. The Designer’s Choice steel underframe shines thanks to its burnt, matt copper plating. The raw style of both the leather and underframe makes them a perfect match.

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