Back in 2004 we were asked to reproduce the leather wall coverings for
The job and the challenge were considerable.
We made samples for over 8 months, meanwhile the people in charge of the project tried to source other suppliers for the gilded leather in order to secure their need.
In the end we got the order for over 400 panels of gilded leather.
The finalization of the samples was done over here in our workshop, along with Alaxandra Allart form ArtCare Resourses whom traveled all the way to France
For many years I have been trying to get some pictures of the job which I never physically saw.
For an unknown reason MetLife has not been very diligent with pictures.
Despite several requests we never got one picture.
Recently however Robert M. Kelly from the Wallpaper Scholar wrote an article on his blog about the dismanteling of the MetLife Boardroom at One Madison Ave and the transfer and rebuild of this imposing room to the penthouse floor at the actual MetLife building which sits atop Grand Central Station
Robert Kelly was one of those involved in the installation of the leathers along with Barry Blanchard, for those who wish to read the whole story click the link: http://wallpaperscholarblog.blogspot.fr/
Perhaps the posting from Robert Kelly and this one might help moving lines and will we finally get some good pictures from our distinguished customer.
Removing the ceiling at One Madison, 2004
This is an original panel which we were to reproduce.
This picture shows the leathers at One Madison, 2004
unfortunately one can’t judge the poor condition of the leathers from this picture.
In his text Mr kelly describes the contition of the leather extensively
Lutson Leathers installed at the MetLife Building atop Grand Central, 2005
Many thanks to Mr Robert Kelly.