Parchment-covered furniture refers to pieces of furniture that have surfaces covered or veneered with parchment (or velum). It is a material made from the skin of animals, typically sheep or goats, that is processed and treated to create a smooth, durable, and often translucent sheet. Crafstmen have historically used it for various purposes, including writing surfaces, lampshades, and furniture covering.
In the context of furniture, parchment-covered pieces display a distinctive and luxurious appearance. The hide is often stretched tightly over the furniture’s frame, creating a seamless and elegant finish. Its natural variations in texture and color can add a unique character to the furniture, making each piece one-of-a-kind.
Velum-covered furniture became particularly popular during the Art Deco period in the early to mid-20th century. Designers such as André Arbus, Jacques Adnet, Jean-Michel Frank or Paul Dupré Lafon incorporated this material into their furniture designs, contributing to the overall aesthetic of the era.
Contemporary designers and craftsmen also incorporate this material into their creations. The timeless appeal of velum, along with its versatility and durability, continues to make it a sought-after choice for those looking to add a touch of luxury to their interior spaces.