A lustrous and interactive smooth-grained leather, Gemma uses a micro perforation technique to embed foil into the surface. This transforms the leather, causing it to shimmer in direct light and glow subtly in more diffuse surroundings. The play of light on the surface is reminiscent of a jewel, and the collection is named after the Italian word for gemstone. Created in collaboration with jewelry designer, Cresta Bledsoe, the Gemma collection features seventeen colors ranging from classic silver and gold to bold hot pink and periwinkle, creating a playful, contemporary spectrum.
Describing the design process, Cresta said, “My goal was to have the scale and pattern be something timeless, applicable to many installation types so not boxed into a specific aesthetic, and to showcase the contrast of the metallic tint quality. After testing many variations on scale and pattern type, this classic dot matrix creates a metallic jeweled effect.” She added, “I love this idea that it has an 'embedded animation' that is activated by movement around it. It becomes a clean, modern tactile part of the human experience in a space—not frozen or isolated, but in flux with human movement.”