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John Hunter
Senior Member
Username: johnhunter

Post Number: 185
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 02:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Design team told me they want to use a leather-wrapped handrail at a communicating stair in a TI project.
Do any of you have experience with this kind of finish?
Wayne Yancey
Senior Member
Username: wayne_yancey

Post Number: 958
Registered: 01-2008

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 02:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post


Rockwood (ASSA ABLOY) use English Bridle leather for straight pulls.

I don't see why English leather cannot be used on a handrail. Unless, there is an accessibility reason to not use leather.

Please go to https://rockwoodpull.com/?page=products&action=view&manufacturerID=81&productID=RM6062

ken hercenberg
Senior Member
Username: khercenberg

Post Number: 1594
Registered: 12-2006

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 02:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Seems to me that if you can have leather flooring - https://www.4specs.com/s/09/09-6250.html, you can have leather wrapped handrails.

I don't know how you would stitch it closed but I'll bet at least one of these folks could give you some suggestions - https://www.4specs.com/s/12/12-0520.html?zoom_highlight=leather
Steven Bruneel, Retired Architect
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Username: redseca2

Post Number: 723
Registered: 12-2006

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 03:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I fondly recall a project where the interior designer wanted leather wrapped columns with elaborate stitching. This was a new one, but we found the solution and a San Francisco leather shop, who's stock in trade was firmly in the kinky sex demimonde, got its' 15 minutes of fame in design magazines as the fabricator.
Dave Metzger
Senior Member
Username: davemetzger

Post Number: 818
Registered: 07-2001
Posted on Sunday, October 01, 2023 - 08:22 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Many years ago we specified leather-covered doors for a renovation project. We required a Class A designation for both the leather and the plywood substrate. If the communicating stair is a fire stair, a Class A finish likely would be required.

I believe that they ended up using leather that was FAA-approved for use in airplane seats (which is at least as stringent as a Class A flame spread).
John Hunter
Senior Member
Username: johnhunter

Post Number: 186
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Monday, October 02, 2023 - 01:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Thanks to all for your responses. I think Steven wins. The project is in San Francisco, so I now have a pretty good sense of where this might end up.
James Sandoz, AIA, CSI, CCS
Senior Member
Username: jsandoz

Post Number: 372
Registered: 06-2005
Posted on Monday, October 09, 2023 - 11:40 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Good luck, John. I've seen leather-wrapped door pulls (long cylindrical shapes about the same diameter as a handrail) so I know it must be possible.

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