2003 Best Furniture, Leather

The folks at Roche-Bobois take their leather very seriously. One sales associate advises massaging the surface with Lancôme moisturizer to keep it supple. “Of course,” he says with a Gallic shrug, “baby oil works just as well.” Just reclining on one of the buttery leather chaise longues or sprawling across a long, low-profile sofa can rouse a deep desire to stroke their skins. Roche-Bobois offers traditional designs that practically scream for a walnut-paneled library, as well as sparely streamlined contemporary numbers for the ultrachic loft. And the leathers come in a range of rich colors to match any room.

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