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An Ode to Leather Utilitarianism

The Assemblages Book Belt in Natural Leather

This week, we have chosen to reflect on the utilitarian spirit of our signature Lightly pieces, and the journey inspiring designer and director, Cindy-Lee Davies to create them.

Many of the products have nostalgic reference of bygone eras, for example, Lightly’s Assemblages collection, designed in 2013, harks back to Australia in the early 1900s and the “utilitarian resourcefulness”, found in the lifestyle. This is a core value to Davies in the design process.

The collection draws on the saddlery aesthetic: the artisan skill, the mix of leather girths and belt buckles and was created in homage of spending weekends at the stables with her grandfather.

Assemblages Book Girth Belt

The Assemblages Leather Shelves in White

The three styles within the Assemblages are interactive pieces that allow the user to author their own lifestyle, combining various found objects and collections to function as “assemblages” or props for the home.

Her designs reflect the necessary practicality of mid-century Australian makers and remain grounded in functionality. They highlight the beauty in simple utilitarianism and are a personal expression from the heart.

View the Assemblages Collection online now.

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