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Tan Lines

Leather patio furniture literally tanned by the power of the sun

by Karen Day in Design on 20 October 2010

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Using an unusual approach to treat leather, design studio Greece Is For Lovers' set of table and chairs features a nautical pattern that has literally been sun tanned onto the surface. Cheekily dubbed "Tan Lines," they stenciled a pattern onto the leather with sunscreen, exposing it to direct sunlight to darken the negative space. Over time, the two-tone design will weather more, fading the imagery into a single bronzed hue.

"We like this temporary decoration as it acts as a metaphor for the tan lines on the human body—they tend to go away very soon after one's holiday! Furthermore, the 'camping type' of foldable furniture had been a staple choice for the Greeks of the late '70s to early '80s, long before the monopoly of the white plastic chair," GFL's Thanos Karampatsos explains.

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For more of the Athens-based studio's lighthearted limited editions and one-offs, check out the "Ashe is OK" ceramic ashtray-cum-flowerpot, the "Ingrid & Stavros" bottle bikini and the "R.I.P." broken heart candle.

Greece Is For Lovers recently took their brick-and-mortar operation online, opening an e-shop that peddles their smaller items.

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