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ICFF 2014: Leather Switch Plates from Canoe

by Grace Bonney

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Yesterday I left ICFF and Surtex feeling happy. Happy that after two years of shows that felt thin and full of only large-scale manufacturers we don’t typically cover here, the show seemed to be bigger and independent design had a larger presence again. Over the next few days I’m going to be breaking down my favorites by trend and material, but I wanted to kick off the morning with these hand-tooled leather switch plates from Natalie Davis at Canoe in Austin.

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Switch plates seem to be a mostly forgotten market right now. I tend to just buy flat white versions to blend in, but I’m always longing for something cool, especially in a small space where a little bit of detail would be nice. So when I walked into the ICFF Design Boom Mart and said hi to Natalie of Canoe (also of Miss Natalie), I was thrilled to look down and see these beauties at her table. Each one is made of hand tooled leather, dyed black or chestnut, with an all-over pattern. The leather has a metal plate backing and easily attaches to the wall like a standard switch plate cover. Unlike most of the work at ICFF that hasn’t hit retail yet, these are already in stock and ready to go at Natalie’s online shop right here ($108 each). Stay tuned for more ICFF 2014 later today! (You can also get a preview of the Stationery Show from our Instagram feed today). xo, grace

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