• ARO Plank 5 behind table
  • ARO Plank 5 detail
  • ARO Plank 5 behind stools
  • ARO Plank 5 detail

ARO Plank 5

ARO Plank 5 draws inspiration from the clapboard siding at Architecture Research Office’s Martha’s Vineyard House and enables customization across large areas with the simple combination of a few standard components. The three modules of Wide, Narrow A, and Narrow B are chamfered and set at varying depths to cast compelling, evolving shadows. Their horizontality and depth are accentuated by the texture of the leather-wrapped PET substrate. Planks install quickly and easily with Spinneybeck’s Interlock Mounting System and are available in a wide range of leather qualities and colors.

  • Designer Architecture Research Office
  • Content European cowhide + Akustika 10 substrate (60% post-consumer recycled content)
  • Plank Widths A: 7’-9” (236 cm) x 3 1/2” (9 cm) x 1 1/4” (3.2 cm)
  • B: 5’-2” (157 cm) x 2” (5 cm) x 1 1/4” (3.2 cm)
  • C: 5’-2” (157 cm) x 2” (5 cm) x 3/4” (1.9 cm)
  • D: 2’-7” (79 cm) x 2” (5 cm) x 1 1/4” (3.2 cm)
  • E: 2’-7” (79 cm) x 2” (5 cm) x 3/4” (1.9 cm)
  • Thickness 2 in (50.8 mm) (includes Interlock Mounting System strapping)
  • Suggested Pattern ARO Plank 5.1
  • Pattern Repeat Size 23’-3” x 9’-2” (7.1 x 2.8 m)
  • Seam Options Top Stitch or Blind Stitch—Seams are machine stitched at random intervals in matching thread color unless otherwise specified
  • Custom Alternative patterns, FilzFelt felts, plank lengths beyond 9’-0” (2.74 m), orientations other than vertical, ceiling-mounted, finished plank ends, finished Interlock Mounting System strapping, and cut-outs are available and must be quoted—details available upon request
  • Durability Contract or residential
  • Lead Time Made to order and certain lead times will apply
  • Installation Planks install with Interlock Mounting System provided (wall fasteners not included)
  • Maintenance For finished leathers, wipe with a cool, damp cloth. For tougher soiling, use a pH-balanced soap such as Dawn with a 1:10 ratio of soap to water and rinse. Repeat, if needed. Occasional use of Spinneybeck Finished Leather Cleaner, Conditioner & Protector is recommended. For naked (aniline) leathers, wipe entire surface with a soft cloth and cool water to even out any abrasions or stains. Do not spot rub, for it will darken only that area. Occasional use of Spinneybeck Aniline Leather Cleaner, Conditioner & Protector is recommended. Other leather cleaners such as saddle soap or household cleaners that may contain harsh chemicals, alcohol or ink removers should never be used.
  • Variation Color variation of naked leathers may be more pronounced beyond the normal commercial range. A Cutting for Approval (CFA) is required for all orders.
Architecture Research Office

Architecture Research Office

Founded in 1993, Architecture Research Office is led by Stephen Cassell, Kim Yao and Adam Yarinsky. ARO has earned a reputation for elegant, innovative and imaginative architecture born out of relentless exploration and engagement. Through investigation, analysis, and testing, Architecture Research Office creates designs that unite the conceptual and the pragmatic within a strong, compelling vision. This research-driven process enables the firm to operate on a wide variety of projects spanning strategic planning, architecture and urban design, and to craft elegant solutions to seemingly intractable problems.


  • Colorfastness to Light Varies by leather
  • Colorfastness to Crocking Varies by leather
  • Flammability Test reports available upon request
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