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Foreword............................................. 4

Leolux and art.................................... 6

Eighty years of history....................10

Via Creandi........................................ 12

Our Leolux for you........................... 14

People with a Leolux heart............ 16

The collection,

a world with many faces.................20

Design as a podium.........................22

Leolux Design Centers....................24

Sitting pleasantly,

a question of comfort.....................28

Comfort and functionalities..........30




Vol de Rêve........................................40

Interview Jane Worthington..........42


B flat...................................................48

Interview Andreas Berlin................50


Interview Patrick Belli.....................54





Interview Gerard Vollenbrock.......64




Interview Jo Meesters.....................72







Interview Christian Werner............90



Faya lobi............................................98

Antonia Royale...............................100




Pupilla.............................................. 110

Sjamaan........................................... 112

Felizia............................................... 114

Boavista........................................... 116

Dolcinea........................................... 118

Bella Bora........................................120

Interview Axel Enthoven..............122







Sustainable business.....................136

Design for a good cause...............138

Table Times..................................... 141








Vivre Largo......................................154







Interview about furnishing..........164

Extra Space......................................167




Gozo................................................. 171



TamTam / Bongo............................. 174

Tablet............................................... 174

Blocco............................................... 175

Salus................................................. 176


Leolux seat extensions.................178

Facts and backgrounds.................181

The charm of real leather.............182

Producing Leolux leather.............184

About the application of leather.188

Caring for Leolux leather.............189

Leolux leather table......................190

About fabrics..................................192

Lacquers and stains.......................200

Living wood....................................204

Caring for wood and veneer........205

Leolux glass tables........................206

Decorative rugs..............................207


Technical illustrations...................210


Addresses Design Centers............228


Antonia Royale........................................... 100



B flat..................................................................48

Barilo.............................................................. 169

Bella Bora......................................................120



Calbuco......................................................... 160

Cameleon..................................................... 148





Entrada.......................................................... 106

Faya lobi...........................................................98


Fidamigo...................................................... 130

Fiji.................................................................... 104


Freyr............................................................... 146

Goncharov................................................... 108




Izaki................................................................ 158

Kepler............................................................ 134


Liliom............................................................. 168






Natello........................................................... 156

Niobe............................................................. 162








Pyrite.............................................................. 150

Quantissimo................................................ 162







Strabo............................................................ 144



Talos............................................................... 158

TamTam / Bongo.........................................174



Vivre Largo.................................................. 154

Vol de Rêve.....................................................40


Leolux seat extensions.......................178

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“Beautiful, well-made

products mean a lot to

the people that surround

themselves with them”

Ideas with a smile

Beautiful, well-made products mean a lot to the people that surround themselves

with them.

They radiate the care they were produced with and display details conceived in product

development with attention and great patience.

Strong products invoke feelings that make you happy, create a sense of security and

a smile appears because there is recognition of values thought lost.

I believe in the power of this family business that nurtures knowledge and skills and

has the courage to challenge the world with distinctive design, thrilling colour combinations

and with an eye cocked at all too dogmatic design.

Ideas conceived with love invoke fine emotions. That’s what we enjoy working on at


In the name of Leolux

Sebastiaan Sanders

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Leolux and art; the role of

Jo Meesters in this annual

This annual acquired its specific character in the cooperation

with designer Jo Meesters. On behalf of Leolux, he produced

three exclusively woven tapestries with the beauty of nature as

their source of inspiration.

‘I’ve been working together with Leolux

for a few years now,” says Jo Meesters.

“I’ve made various objects for the exhibition

stands, lampshades in papier

mâché and in glass, vases and flowershaped

rugs that Leolux also used as décor

in the photography for the annual.

Now they’ve asked me to do the illustrations

for this book. A fantastic job that I

thoroughly enjoyed working on.’

For the illustrations in the annual,

Meesters had three tapestries he had

designed woven by the Textiles Museum

in Tilburg, on a format of 300x155

cm. For the darker background he used

black mohair wool and as much organic

cotton as possible. Meesters: ‘I love textiles

and the natural materials they are

produced with. It has to do with feeling,

with the emotion the material evokes.

It begins with a thread and the material

is formed from that. Really fascinating.’

The tapestries were photographed with

a great deal of care so as not to lose the

texture in the original work. Parts of the

photos were chosen in close consultation

with the designers of the book to

serve as illustration for the various sections.

Why does this work fit so well with

Leolux? Jo Meesters: ‘The theme of the

tapestries is the sheer joy of the beauty

of nature. In fact, Leolux and I have in

common that we work with natural

materials and produce lovely, precious

products with them.’ What’s more, the

designer has similar thoughts about

sustainability; Meesters already goes

further there than Leolux. He succeeds

in making high-quality art with secondhand

materials. This form of “upcycling”

is for Leolux a challenging point of departure

on the route towards new material


Meesters sets a more literal link with

Leolux by applying subtle patterns

in the cloth. A pattern in the form of a

Leolux Pallone is woven throughout the

tapestry. Besides the large flowers, the

reader sees a smaller, embroidered flower

in a raised thread, which is completely

built up in the forms of that characteristic

Leolux armchair. But it is ultimately

the fine atmosphere of the still-life and

the natural materials in the tapestries

that send the message of the Leolux

Annual in crystal-clear form: the story of

precious products made by craftsmen

from the loveliest natural ingredients.

The exclusive Leolux tapestries from house

artist Jo Meesters are on sale as limited

editions at the Leolux Design Centers. You

can read an interview with Jo Meesters on

page 72

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Henk vd Vet

Sjer Jacobs

Clemens Briels

Petra Hartman

Wouter Stips

Leolux and art

Bond with a long history

Leolux has for decades believed that

the interaction between artists, designers

and traditional craftsmen stimulates

creativity. Art has more to do with interiors

that you may think at first sight. Art is

inextricably linked with interior design;

it gives a home personality and atmosphere.

In the early seventies Leolux staged

the first exhibitions in its Design

Centers, which at the time were still

called showrooms. It was often local artists

that were given a podium at Leolux.

But they had awoken the interest of

Leolux and the search started for more

durable links. Artists began to influence

the design of the Leolux Annuals and on

one occasion were even involved in the

design of furniture. The “in-house” artist

had been born and art became a definitive

component of the Leolux DNA.

Over the decades we now look back

upon, a number of artists have played

a main role in image forming at Leolux.

Names like Clemens Briels and Sjer

Jacobs occupied a place for many years

and their work is still on offer. The alliances

with Petra Hartman and Wouter

Stips are of a later date. Work by the

latter still defines the appearance of

Leolux buildings, most prominently in

the striking and huge facades of the

Design Center in Krefeld (D) and the Via

Creandi visitor’s center in Venlo (NL).

Anchored in the past

The first to bear the title of in-house

artist is Henk van der Vet (1939). In the

early nineties Leolux illustrates its annuals

with his “photographics”. In this art

form, which he bases on photography,

Van der Vet combines various techniques.

He himself calls it “Painting with

photography”. Over the years, silkscreen

prints have been made of his work for

Leolux, which Leolux offers in its outlets.

From 1996 it’s the turn of Clemens Briels

(1946). For the first time, this is a question

of creative interaction. Not only

does Briels set the theme, but he is actively

involved in designing furniture

and fabrics as well. The point of departure

is ‘Antipodism’, his theory of the

extreme: there is light because there is

darkness too.

The colourful yet abstract work of Briels

is followed by the much less abstract

“people” of Sjer Jacobs (1963). These

scrawny figures are affable types and

the onlooker can quickly relate to them.

Sjer illustrates Leolux Annuals and delivers

a colourful range of works both in

ceramics and on canvas. His characterful

figures in wire populate the Leolux

sculpture garden at the production

plant in Venlo.

Leolux comes across Petra Hartman

(1960) at the time when flowers are

her key theme. The opposing power

of the flower results in illustrations

in Annuals, paintings and sculptures.

Later she creates “colourful” works

with black and white as the key tints.

Multidisciplinary artist Wouter Stips

(1944) exhibits graphic art and paintings,

produces animated videos, directs

theatrical produc-tions and publishes.

From 1980 he devotes himself to making

television programmes. Leolux and

Stips begin working together in 2005.

His “world full of beauty and the special”

is for several years the thread through

the advertising campaigns, he illustrates

various Annuals and his work graces the

facades of two Leolux buildings.

Artist and designer Jo Meesters (1974)

works closely together with Leolux on

a number of fronts from 2009 onwards.

The cooperation begins at a photo session

where Leolux uses a hand-made

rug as an artistic element. Then follows

more direct cooperation; works by Jo

become image-defining elements in

the Leolux stands and Design Centers.

Lamps and vases bigger than life-size on

the Leolux stand during the International

Furniture Fair (IMM) in Cologne in 2010

contribute a lot to the concept that is

soon to win a Reddot Award. A year later,

Jo Meesters is responsible for a large

number of hand-made, richly-coloured

floral rugs in felt. Yet another eye-catcher

that earns a great deal of admiration.

You’ll find an extensive interview with Jo

Meesters later in this Annual.

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Eighty years of history

For almost eight decades,

Leolux has been choosing the evolutionary route. Innovation and

calm growth, steady but with a clear goal.

Quality and ambition can allow a tiny

firm to grow to become a player on a

global scale. The founders of Leolux

probably don’t realise that when they

start doing business in 1934 under the

name “Zuid-Nederlandse Clubmeubelfabriek”.

With only a handful of employees

they build classic Dutch furniture in

the southern Netherlands. Around ten

years later, World War II is meanwhile

drawing to a close, the brothers Ton and

Jan Sanders buy the factory. Interested

as they are in design from Scandinavia

and Italy, they set a new course in the

mid-fifties, which will ultimately turn

out to be highly successful. The modern

line will be called Leolux, luxury furniture

from the lion (Leo in Latin) in the

coat of arms of ZNC. Over the next ten

years, the furniture becomes ever more

innovative and creative, as is the way in

which it’s presented. Already in 1964,

Leolux opens its first Design Center in

Utrecht. The information centers support

the Leolux partners with complete

information without obligation for the


A new generation takes the helm at the

beginning of the eighties. Jeroen Sanders

and his business partner Johan van

Beek add even more refinement to the

budding success formula of Leolux.

The photography, the advertisements

and the designs become more daring,

colourful and challenging. From

now on, art becomes an element of the

pluriform collection. Leolux becomes

image-defining in Europe, extends the

Design Center concept to Germany and

Belgium and grows further to become

a global player with a modern factory

in Venlo where high-tech and tradition

are combined and a splendid visitors’

center, Via Creandi, where consumers

can see with their own eyes how Leolux

furniture is produced by craftsmen.

The furniture producer in Venlo distinguishes

itself at decisive moments and

understands how to combine traditional

craftsmanship with state-of-the-art

technologies. The new generation, now

the third, takes the lead in 2012. Sebastiaan

Sanders and Patrick Schreudering

set new accents but nurture the skills

and experience of their predecessors.

Leolux believes that quality and comfort

represent the essence of good furniture,

but only courage, self-assured choices

and a touch of eccentricity ultimately

provide for continuity and a long, beautiful

future. And it’s up to the owners of

this family business with its rich history

to do that.

Want to know more about the history of

Leolux? Order the book “Talenten” via the

webshop on the Leolux site.

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Via Creandi:

a guided tour at Leolux

What can be lovelier than watching a fine product being created

in the hands of people?

Leolux enjoys opening the doors of its

factory in Venlo to anyone wanting to

experience how our furniture is produced

to order. Guided tours take place

on a weekly basis, for individual guests,

but also for groups. A fascinating stop

during a day out in the region.

The starting and ending point of the

tour is the inspiring visitors’ center Via

Creandi, literally “the road of creation.”

After the reception and a film acquainting

you with our family business, former

employees with many years of Leolux

experience escort you over the catwalks

through the factory. From above, they

offer a perfect view over the production

departments. You don’t need to worry

about missing anything, because you

can always understand your guide over

the headphones, even in departments

that are a little less quiet. So you get an

entirely personal explanation of the production

process, can ask questions and

experience the tricks of the trade at first

hand. And if you’ve recently ordered a

piece of Leolux furniture from your dealer,

you may even come across it during

the tour. A unique opportunity to get to

know the makers of your seating idea.

About the Visitors’ Center

Via Creandi is a dream long cherished

at Leolux. The idea: show those interested

that Leolux really exists and that

traditional skills and craftsmanship have

not vanished from Western Europe. The

first plans for such a visitors center go

back to the end of the last century, but

Via Creandi is finally realized 2007. The

building of a new logistics centre is the

right moment to make the dream reality.

Red bridge

The Via Creandi visitors center is opened

to the public in the autumn of 2007. It is

built based on the design by Amsterdam

architects Soeters van Eldonk. A characteristic

red bridge links the existing production

facility with a new logistics center

and adjoining warehouse, in which

Leolux also accommodates its visitors

center. Here, with a fantastic view across

the Meuse, visitors get acquainted with

the world as Leolux sees it: modern and

hospitable, with a feel for the arts.


The façade of Via Creandi strikes the eye

as soon as you arrive. Wouter Stips was

responsible for the biggest work of art

for miles around. The combination with

the red bridge provides for an energetic

look that invites and inspires. Works

by the Leolux artists can be seen here,

and sometimes also bought. The Leolux

world of the beautiful and special begins

in Via Creandi, in the house of Leolux.


Via Creandi and the guided tour are

also accessible for wheelchair users. Via

Creandi can only be visited by appointment.

Available dates and registrations

via www.leolux.com. You’ll find the address

at the back of this book.


Via Creandi is not a showroom. For a presentation

of the collection, please go to our

Design Centers.

Tours only in Dutch or German

Via Creandi

Marinus Dammeweg 42

Venlo (Blerick)


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Our Leolux for you

They’re still out there! Real family businesses where people work

on your order with great passion and craftsmanship.

The Leolux people in Venlo make superb-quality

designer furniture completely

to your specific needs. Because

that’s the only way, we feel at Leolux,

that your dream home can really come


Our furniture is created in intensive cooperation

between designers, craftsmen

and freelance artists, painters, photographers

and architects. The unique

Leolux products are born from their

inspiring and creative cooperation. Cosmopolitan,

colourful to look at, versatile

in coverings, dimensions and comfort


We select the loveliest designs, colours

and materials and put them together for

you. But ultimately it’s you that makes

the most important decisions. Because

at Leolux you choose the ingredients

from the collection that we should put

together in your sofa or armchair. Naturally,

we’ll be happy to assist you in the

process of choosing them. The specialists

in our conveniently located Design

Centers can advise you down to the last

detail. That’s how we realise your totally

personal dream home, together with

you, exclusively for you.

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People with a Leolux heart

The product developer

The leather cutter

The product developer

‘With our team we elaborate on the

drawings by the designer and build the

Leolux prototypes. Whole generations

of seating ideas have gone through my

hands. The great thing is: it is still real

craftsmanship, making a product that’s

never been made before. You have to

think of everything. Of course, I have

lots of experience but the challenge is

always in finding new solutions. When

we’re done and the furniture is ready for

presentation, our work planners make

the dies and instructions, so that our colleagues

can immediately build a perfect

piece of furniture for you.’

is to operate it. A camera first takes a

photo of the hide, which is saved in the

computer. With a special pen, I then indicate

precisely where the blemishes in

the leather are. When it arrives on the

cutting table later, the cutting machine

automatically avoids the blemishes. I

make sure the computer works as efficiently

as possible, because leather is astronomically

expensive. My colleagues

and I cut about 10 million euro’s worth

every year. We know how important this

department is for Leolux. It’s the leather

you look at most, for years, and that’s

how you as customer measure the quality

of the furniture.’

The woodworker

The cushion maker

The fabric cutter

The embroiderer

The woodworker

‘In this department we make the wooden

bodies of Leolux. Real quality bodies

built in beech. On cheap furniture the

parts are often riveted together, but at

Leolux there can of course be no question

of that. We always use traditional

peg joints, which we then glue as well.

So the bodies are indestructible and

won’t creak. Leolux wants absolutely no

complaints about the build, because it’s

obviously a disaster if you have to dismantle

a product with so much craftsmanship

in it just to repair the body.’

The cushion maker

‘Many people don’t realise how important

our department is, because it’s the

foam that ultimately defines the form

and appearance of a piece of Leolux

furniture. We cut every detail, every little

angle that my colleagues in Product

Development add, from the sheets we

attach to the core. But the most important

thing in the end is the comfort that

we build up in several layers to lend each

piece of furniture its own, characteristic

sitting experience. There’s a lot of knowhow

behind that. Sit down on a Leolux

some time, then you’ll feel for yourself

how we use top ingredients as the basis

for a fantastic Leolux sofa.’

The leather cutter

‘At the moment we’re partly using the

latest digital technologies for cutting

leather. So with a computer, and my job

The fabric cutter

‘The material I work with is not the greatest

problem, but I have to make all the

fantastic, different patterns fit perfectly

on the familiar Leolux models. “Op patroon”

we call it and that means: craftsmanship.

The computer has been helping

us since 1992, and we also cut with

computer support. That is ideal for the

top-selling models. You don’t have to

reinvent the wheel again every day; but

Leolux has a really big collection and

part of that will remain manual work.

That has to be the case, because Leolux

differentiates itself from so many others.

Who offers more choice? OK, that costs

time, but then you get something with a

face of its own, and I make that for you!’

The embroiderer

‘All the different variants, coverings and

options make my job not only really varied,

but also a real challenge. Here you

have to know an awful lot, be really allround.

There are working instructions,

but you can’t keep looking everything

up, of course, there’s no time for that.

That would make the furniture exorbitantly

expensive. Together with my colleagues,

I make sure that the outside of

your sofa looks perfect, with the loveliest

embroidery or perhaps contrasting

yarn colours. Precisely as you ordered it.

For me and my colleagues that is a matter

of honour!’

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The lacquer specialist

‘Sanding, lacquering and staining.

Countless components pass through

our department for treatment. Not only

wooden table leaves, but also armrests

and feet . Every component first has to

be degreased and sanded, then it goes

to a spraying cabin for a coat of lacquer

or stain. It goes without saying that we

use water-based or powder lacquers as

much as possible. Those are less of a burden

on the environment. We work based

on the latest regulations of course. We

mount the tables ourselves and package

them carefully. The other lacquer

products go straight from here to the

upholstery shop. With that we and all

our colours provide the finishing touch

for your Leolux.’

The upholsterer

‘Many of our colleagues still see us as

the “Lord Upholsterers”. The craftsmen

of bygone times. That, of course, is also

the case. In this department, we’re all

qualified upholsterers who also master

classic upholstery. But the times are

changing. Seating ideas these days are

pieces of life furniture and not stuffy sofas,

at least that’s how we see it at Leolux

and that is a really major challenge: making

modern products with the quality

of the past. That means a perfect piece

of work and careful use of materials.

Every detail has to be properly applied.

With our craftsmanship, we’re more or

less the “final controllers”. If it’s not right

then my colleagues and I stop work on

it, it goes back. I hold my craft in esteem.

Dexterity and insight, that’s what it’s all

about. On every piece of Leolux furniture,

those in the know can see who made

it, that little bit of personality is still in it

and there lies the power of Leolux too.

It means putting that much more of

yourself into it.’

The dispatcher

‘Visitors to our factory are always amazed

by all the colours and fantastic combinations

that pass through here. And I

see something new every day too. Sometimes

this place seems like a Design

Center. Here, on “the mat”, we cast a last

glance before we package your furniture.

Because you can make a sofa as lovely

as you want, but if it’s not packaged properly

it will inevitably get damaged during

transport. That’s why we take care

of thorough packaging. Dirty hands get

no chance! We load in three levels in our

own trucks, not simply piled up on one

another. No, the furniture has the space

it needs and can then go to the dealer.

That’s how we make sure that your furniture

leaves us in perfect condition!’

The driver

‘I’m proud of my truck. With our Leolux

colours we really turn heads, and with

the pictures on the back everyone sees

straightaway what we make. I see a great

deal of Europe, because Leolux finds it

important that we deliver everything

ourselves. After all, we know best how

to handle the lovely Leolux products.

Two drivers on a truck is standard, so

we always have enough manpower to

unload, because not every dealer, of

course, has someone standing around

available to help. That is service for the

dealer. So my colleague and I provide

for perfect presentation and delivery. A

worthy end, I would say.’

The tour guide

‘I worked at Leolux myself for more than

40 years, so I speak from experience

when I explain everything involved in

making a Leolux to our guests during

tours through the factory. With a family

company like this, you naturally want

to stay in contact after retiring, but as a

tour guide you remain more involved.

Now that they’ve built catwalks you can

see everything beautifully from above.

That, of course, was not the case in the

past. I can heartily recommend a tour

through this lovely factory!’

The lacquer specialist

The upholsterer

The dispatcher

The driver

The tour guide

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Stefan Heiliger in his studio

The collection,

a world with many faces

Leolux works together with a large number of freelance designers.

Every one of them has his or her own background and a

different vision about the world around them.

What they all have in common is that the

final result is what counts.

From the sum of their creative contributions

comes a pluriform collection that is

nonetheless recognizable at once in the

distinctive shapes and the characteristic

Leolux handwriting: a refined finish,

high comfort and a colourful presentation.

The world of Leolux begins with the

designer, in a creative process crowned

by an end product built by craftsmen.

A designer does not work in a vacuum.

He stands at the middle of the world,

looks around himself, travels and explores.

A designer is sensitive to trends

and to the way we live. He lets himself

be inspired and he translates all those

impulses into new ideas. Indoors or outdoors,

colourful and warm, with solid

materials or lacquer products? All those

factors play a role in the form and function

that its creator endows upon a sofa

or armchair. This makes good furniture a

mirror of the time we design it in. And

the products that best reflect the spirit

of the times remain valuable to people

for a long time. You might say they acquire

a touch of eternity value.

The designer and the product developers

at Leolux get down to work together

to make a product from the first sketch

that meets the criteria that Leolux sets

for a piece of furniture. Sometimes they

need to make a concession on the shape

for the sake of the comfort. Another

time, the design might be adjusted for

a better construction or to stop the price

getting out of hand. But the designer’s

basic idea must not be thereby eroded.

The choice of materials, the dimensions,

the comfort and the stitching; all choices

that are made in this stage are crucial to

the quality of a product. The know-how

and skills that Leolux has built up over

several decades give it a decisive lead.

Not always visible on the outside, but

more than perceptible as soon as you sit


This book will introduce you to a number

of designers. Read more interviews

on the Leolux website. Have questions

for one of the Leolux designers? Simply

ask them via designers@leolux.nl.

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Design as a podium

Leolux creates a world in which each piece of furniture has a

place of its own. Everything we do happens with that in mind; In

the field of fine art, photography, styling and stand creation.

Leolux is constantly breathing new life

into its collection with new impulses

that inspire and motivate. In doing so,

Leolux also offers opportunities in a never-ending

search for new talent.

Presenting design

Creativity has many faces. Not only in

design, but also in presenting the Leolux

collection, creativity performs a key role.

The right photographer, the loveliest

styling for advertisements, the layout

of brochures and websites. And what

about the thinking behind the standbuilding

or furnishing of the Leolux Design

Centers? Creatives from Leolux and

from outside work together to come up

with presentations that do justice to the

furniture and offer inspiration for dealers

and consumers. That process evolves

with the trends and hence represents a

permanent challenge.

The future

Leolux has been seeking cooperation

with young designers for many years

now. In the past that took the form of

the design competition “Laudatio”.

More recently, Leolux has been working

closely together with the Design

Academy Eindhoven and in the meantime

students of design in Aachen and

Maastricht have been coming in with

their ideas. For the designers of the future,

the Netherlands’ biggest furniture

producer is a learning environment, but

the inspiration works in two directions.

The students of the design course have a

fresh view on design, and that regularly

reveals new insights, even for experienced

craftsmen. Their very latest knowhow

and their frankness when it comes

to furniture design inspire the people at

Leolux and redefine the limits of what is



Experience and visibility are both essential

for young designers. So, besides

becoming acquainted with the business

of design, Leolux offers the designers of

the future a podium too. With prototypes

built at Leolux, they present themselves

to the world – the real world and

the virtual one. Via the Internet, they

blog and twitter themselves a path to

fame. Various products created at Leolux

in recent years have been visualized

worldwide in this way.

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The Leolux Design Centers;

see, feel and experience

Want to really experience Leolux? Then drop in at the Leolux

Design Center one day. You’ll be warmly welcomed by our specialised

advisors, who will acquaint you without obligation with

everything Leolux has to offer. And that is a lot more than just a

lovely collection of seating ideas. The Design Center is about seeing,

feeling and experiencing.

Stimulate your senses

You don’t choose a good piece of furniture

in an afternoon of course. A visit to

the Leolux Design Center is really worthwhile

as part of the choice process. You

discover the world as Leolux sees it: a

lovely and inspiring world to live really

well in. You feel the texture of the fabrics;

you smell the leather and see how

our lacquers can enrich a piece of furniture.

The world of Leolux is also a world

of art, where you can get acquainted

with the work of the Leolux in-house artists.

But above all it’s a world you can feel

at home in, a world in which you experience

what we mean by Leolux comfort.

Endless experience

Whether a chair is really comfortable is

something you usually only know once

you’ve taken a break in the sofa of your

choice. So take the time for a really long

test-sit. The shape and finishing may

well be important, but ultimately you

want to sit in the sofa of your dreams for

years to come. As far as we’re concerned,

feel free to bring a good book with you.

We really won’t mind.

Take the time

In the Leolux Design Center our advisors

support you in making your choice. Together

with you they select the Leolux

furniture that’s a perfect fit for you from

the boundless Leolux world of models,

materials and colours. They are of course

up to date down to the last detail on all

the possibilities in the area of adjustment,

comfort and size options. Got the

children with you? No problem. They

too can have a great time in the Leolux

Design Center while you take the time to

look around.

NB: Good interior advice costs time. So we

always ask you to make an appointment

in advance. Don’t forget to bring photos,

dimensions and colour samples with you.

Choose your perspective

An interior sketch often expects too

much of the imagination. That’s why

we offer the option of a proposal in 3D,

whereby we draw your living room in

the computer, complete with doors, windows,

floorings and light points. In that

décor we place the Leolux furniture of

your choice to produce a realistic picture

of your future interior.

Furnish it yourself in 3D

Via the Leolux website you can set up

your own living room with Leolux furniture

yourself. You can create your own

interior design simply and quickly online.

Add furniture, change the colours

and try different atmospheres.


You’ll find the addresses and route descriptions

to the Leolux Design Centers

in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany

at the back of this book.

Who pays for our non-binding advice?

The Leolux Design Centers work closely

together with the dealers. The advice they

give you is without obligation. But if you

do decide to make use of our advice, we

charge that service to your dealer, who after

all has less advice work to do. So we can

keep offering our service without having

to charge for it in our prices.

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‘Welcome to the Leolux Design Centers’

Leolux has five Design Centers where you can get acquainted with the collection and world of

Leolux. You’ll find them in Utrecht, Eindhoven, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Krefeld and Ludwigsburg. Here

you’ll be welcomed by people driven by the desire to help you as far as possible in realising your

dream home. That is their dream.

We would like to introduce you to some

of them and their motives. Made-tomeasure

advice with no waiting times?

Then make a timely appointment with

the Design Center of your choice.

About the distance

‘The majority of visitors in Utrecht have

travelled a long way to become acquainted

with the Leolux product. Your

interest is usually aroused by an advertisement,

the Leolux site or by family or

friends. It is our task to give you accurate,

professionaladvice in a hospitable

and friendly way on the extraordinary

and extensive collection. Right from

the first impression up to and including

the giving of extensive advice, we wish

to show you, the ‘visitor’, that we have

something to add to the furniture world.

Perhaps that will lead to a purchase, but

we have succeeded when our advice

makes you feel that your trip was worthwhile.’

Rob Witberg, adviser Utrecht

About style and taste

‘Of course, everyone has his or her own

taste and style, and yet almost everyone

who comes here is able to find something

to suit his or her taste, those who

like modern furniture at least. When

looking through the annual or walking

round, you are immediately able to see

which models suit you and which don’t.

The beauty of this is that you can also really

test the model that suits you. Once

you have found the right style and comfort,

we are only too pleased to help you

choose the upholstery. And whilst doing

so we will make sure that you are provided

with a nice cup of coffee.’

Roel van Nuenen, adviser Son/Eindhoven

About observing properly

‘My colleagues and I like to get acquainted

with the environment you live in so

that we can give the best possible advice

on colour,form and function. That

also means observing you when you sit

so that we can give the right advice for

comfort. It is also very satisfying to see

customers come back and tell us that

the picture that we sketched when giving

the advice agreed with the result. “A

dream became reality,” said one of our

customers recently. It is always a challenge

to be able to get such a result.’

Vera Pempelforth, adviser Krefeld

About our partners

‘I still occasionally get the question: what

is the difference between the Design

Center and the Leolux dealer? I believe

that we complement each other. We are

at the forefront of the process. Here you

discover free of obligation: ‘What do I

like, which form, which upholstery?’ My

colleagues and I are specialised in that

one brand, Leolux, and we like to enthuse

you, too, in a hospitable environment

and with all the information. Our

dealers also work with other products,

which they combine with Leolux products,

give tailor-made advice and ensure

the perfect handling of your order and

delivery to your home. The Leolux dealer

and us are real partners!’

Elke Steinforth, adviser Ludwigsburg

About planning of space

‘When buying furniture for a living

room or study, the art is to match the

individual needs of the inhabitant with

those of the environment. The quality of

the room does not depend on the size,

but the way the room is used. With the

Leolux collection we have all the ingredients

so that together with you we can

look for the best solutions. We know the

collection inside-out so that we canensure

that just the right advice is given.’

Johan Schaillee, adviser Sint-Pieters-


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Sitting pleasantly,

a question of comfort

We have made it our mission to make sitting a pleasurable experience.

Because, however creative and durable a design is, if

a sofa does not offer that one function, comfort, you’ll never be

able to realise your dream home.

You might not always realize it when you

sit down, but under you are countless

precious materials that were selected

with care to make sure that you are sitting


With lots of experience, attention and

love for the job, we at Leolux seek the

best solution for every new design.

Three factors are crucial thereby: ergonomics,

springing and foam. The attention

the people from Leolux pay here

results in unprecedented levels of comfort.

Studying the human body in various sitting

positions is the basis for the comfort

of any piece of Leolux furniture. Active

sitting needs a fairly high seat, high armrests

and a smaller angle between the

seat and the back, the so-called “rake”.

That type of seat is easier to get up from.

The more passive the seat, the more difficult

it is to get up: the seat is lower and

deeper, the back has more of a rake and

the armrests are lower. When the dimensions

and relationships of the seat match

the human dimension (the ergonomics)

and the function, the basis has been laid

for a comfortable seat.

The springing Leolux chooses depends

on the level of comfort chosen. A hard

or soft seat sets different demands for

the springing fitted under the seat.

Leolux usually chooses steel coil springs

that, depending on the thickness and

the pre-tensioning, offer more or less

springiness. Sometimes we also span

webbing that stretches on loading, or

the product developers choose springing

consisting of high-density foam.

One of the most precious elements of

a piece of Leolux furniture is invisible,

yet all the more perceptible for that:

the foam. Leolux applies several types

in every piece of furniture that together

ensure the right support. The foam in

furniture of an active character is usually

stiffer and tighter, whilst a lazy sofa

has softer cushions. The back cushion

should always be softer than the seat.

That “nestles” better. For the same reason,

a sumptuous cover layer is fitted on

top of the foam. That cover layer provides

for a light, homely nonchalance and

gives an extra comfortable feeling when

you sit down.

Furniture with a flat seat and upright

back is seldom really comfortable. The

lack of rake creates the feeling that you

are sliding off the sofa, especially with

smooth coverings. But even with such

furniture, Leolux succeeds in providing

for a rake by combining foams in the

seat with different levels of stiffness. The

softer foam varieties at the back of the

seat create the right rake here.

You sit in rather than on a Leolux seat.

Naturally that also means that the foam

should not have so much springing power

that the covering is totally stretched.

That would give you a permanent feeling

that you are being pressed upward.

Comfortable cushions are a distinguishing

feature of quality furniture and demonstrate

its softness, even after use. So creasing

is inevitable.

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Comfort and functionalities

Lower: this model is available with lower feet or armrests,

or you can easily adjust the height yourself.

Extendable table: this table is fitted with a system

with which you can make it bigger or smaller.

Seating concepts for large and small people

Leolux seating furniture is more than just

sofas and armchairs. It provides real seat

solutions with remarkable properties,

and that’s why Leolux prefers to speak

of “seating concepts”. They adapt, for

example, to the user: after all, standardsized

people do not exist; people are

almost always taller or shorter than

average and have requirements which

standard products are unable to meet.

Thanks to extremely creative concepts,

Leolux furniture can often be adapted to

the highest individual requirements. So

your favourite seating concept does not

need to be disregarded because it is just

too high or just too deep. This makes sitting

equally comfortable for any user –

big, small or somewhere in between.

The Leolux dealer can supply further details

based on the technical specifications.

These can vary with each model. Optional

dimensions may incur additional costs.

Comfort pictograms

In this annual we aim to advise you explicitly

about the possibilities open to

you with our seating concepts. As far

as comfort is concerned, this is extremely

important. After all, you want to be

sure that a particular model offers the

degree of comfort you’re looking for.

Therefore, with many models displayed

in this annual you will find one or more

pictograms, which will present you with

a complete picture of the characteristics

and extra comfort available to you in the

Leolux seating concepts.

Higher: this model is available with higher feet or armrests,

or you can easily adjust the height yourself.

Shorter seat depth: available with a shorter seat, or

fitted with an adjustable seat. Ideal for smaller users.

Longer seat depth: available with a longer seat, or fitted

with an adjustable seat. Ideal for bigger users.

Tilt: armchair with a mechanism that enables you to

adjust the tilt of the entire seat, forwards or backwards.

Swivel: armchair with a mechanism that enables you

to swivel the seat.

Angle: the model is available in an active and passive

version. This is attained by slightly slanting the seat so

that you can “lounge” more or sit more upright.

Adjustable seat: the footrest of this model can be easily

pushed under the seat.

Adjustable backrest: the backrest can be adjusted as

required – you can choose for a “lazier” or more upright


Back height: This model is equipped with a mechanism

for adjusting the back height.

Adjustable arm and/or back parts: this model can be

adapted to the mood of the moment by adjusting the

arms or parts of the backrest.

Castors: available with castors which enable you to

move this seating concept around with even more


This model is available with fire retardant foam. In

countries where the law prescribes, this model is already

equipped with fire retardant foam .

Worry-free comfort

Leolux furniture conforms to the European standards

set down by the EUFAC directives for fire-resistance;

BS 5852-PART 1. Leolux furniture is developed to

meet the most stringent legal requirements in the

field of fire safety. The foam materials Leolux uses as

standard also satisfy the European regulations. Different

standards apply in certain countries, whereby

additional fire-retardant components in the foam are

required by law. Although it results in a different level

of comfort, Leolux applies foam provided with the

fire-retardant melamine for those countries.

In production, Leolux follows the lead of the laws and

standards that apply in the country a piece of furniture

is intended for. If you choose the fire-resistant foam

meeting the so-called “British Standard” rather than

the European standard foam, that is almost always

possible. Your Leolux advisor will be happy to tell you

more about this.

The comfort level of the fire-retardant foam differs somewhat

from that of the standard foam.

Please note

When developing a new seating concept, Leolux

always takes the ergonomics of its furniture into account.

Each alteration in seat height, depth or angle

can influence that. Therefore, make enquiries before

you choose for certain options. For example, if you

find a certain piece of furniture too high, then it may

only be necessary to opt for a lower version of the

same chair and not to shorten the seat depth. Your

Leolux adviser is always at your service in this respect!

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The “sculptures” from Leolux are unique in their own way,

specially designed to be full of love, distinctive and selfwilled.

This endows them with a specific character of their own.

The Leolux sculptures are artistic, but also imbued with

tremendous comfort and designed to put the finishing touch

to distinctive interiors.


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A visual voyage

of discovery

ARABELLA • Design: Stefan Heiliger, 2011

An infinite object with touches of eccentricity: Arabella offers

a play on lines that at first sight seems familiar, but on closer

inspection surprises. Stefan Heiliger drew inspiration from the

Mobius Ring, a strip where the inside and outside alternate unnoticed

with a single rotation. Colour combinations can harden

that effect if needed. The asymmetric form creates different

sitting moments thereby, each with its own charm. A voyage

of discovery in shape, colour and perception, especially for

real connoisseurs.

Available as 2.5 and 3-seat sofa. Covering in two colours possible.

Frame is standard in chrome. Optional are epoxy, lacquered or Satin

Chrome. Arabella can also be supplied in mirrored form. The illustration

shows it finished as Curl outside Right. Crowned with a Interior

Innovation Award 2012, Good Design 2012 and Good Industrial

Design award 2011. www.leolux.com/arabella. More info p.210

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Magical Arabella

Things sometimes stay hidden under the surface.

Consider, for example, the comfort and

compact construction of the Leolux

models. Something like that also applies

to inspiration, to phantasy and humour.

It creates magical moments because the

invisible does in fact exert an unmistakable

influence. It’s more than you suspect.

Under the surface on its stands,

Leolux shows the world a richly coloured

Leolux world that inspires and surprises.

But also in the atmospheric images that

Leolux creates for this Annual you’ll

sometimes recognise a deeper layer. For

the 2012 advertising campaign, Leolux

has added emphasis to these alienating

elements. In the picture taken by

photographer Lisa Klappe, Arabella experiences

a magical moment when the

picture in the mirror deviates from reality.

With a wink to the painted art of the

early twentieth century, you might call

this magical realism, but without too

many pretences.

Leolux opts for the wink, for the reversed

leg, but also for the magic of

photographic art. With its surprising

play on lines, the award-winning design

of Arabella created the context in which

this photo tells its story about the magic

of Leolux products, whereby something

invisible hides under the surface. Invisible

but quite obviously present.

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One whirl

on paper,



parabolica • Design: Stefan Heiliger, 2009

The powerful form of this multiple prize-winner will make Parabolica a fantastic element in your living room. Through its

asymmetric shape, Parabolica invites you to quite different user moments: simply stretch out and relax, sit “normally” or use

Parabolica as a workplace with the armrest as a mini-desk. For this swivel armchair you define your very personal combination of

colours and coverings for the outside, the inside and the band around it.

Swivel armchair with arm left or right. Dish foot in brushed aluminium or lacquered. Winner of Reddot Award 2009, Good Design Award 2010 and Good Industrial

Design 2010. www.leolux.com/parabolica. More info p.219.

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The Flight of Dreams

from Leolux

Vol de Reve • Design: Jane Worthington, 2006

This organic design was created with love and features

the most refined and clever details. A top design from Jane

Worthington, inspired by her earlier design for Leolux, the

Gisa. With a clearly floating back, refined stitching and fantastic

visible elements in aluminium, Vol de Rêve is a modular

programme combining elegance, luxury and top comfort in

one. A dream of a sofa, with an unending experience.

Available as love-seat, 2.5-seat, 3.5 seat sofa and modular elements. Two

arm options available, “low” and the exuberant “swing”. The adjustable arm

cushions (only with arm low) offer extra comfort. www.leolux.com/voldereve.

More info p.224.

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- interview -

The dream of Jane Worthingthon

Inspired by her Leolux design Gisa, British-born Jane Worthington

created a beautifully elegant seating system in 2006 with

sofas and elements that fit effortlessly in every interior.

Stiletto heels formed the source of inspiration

for the legs. ‘Everyone loves

high heels, men and women,’ says Jane.

‘‘They are elegant, make you taller and

give the wearer self-confidence. So this

sofa deserved high heels too. In consultation

with Leolux, they were finally

made a little less pointed. The sharp

heels might have been too much of a

load on many floors’.

‘Vol de Rêve plays on a more flexible way

of living. Relaxing, welcoming guests, dining,

you can do that all on and around

Vol de Rêve. The model offers a choice of

two different arms, which each radiate

their own atmosphere. The wide range

of elements permits creative combinations

for any interior.

The strikingly suspended back of the

design is reminiscent in its shape of the

Gisa armchair. The extremity is borne

by parts of polished aluminium which

‘Relaxing, welcoming guests,

all on and around Vol de Rêve’

seem to run through to the feet. But her

design also paid attention to the seat

depth so that taller users can also sit

comfortably without extra cushions.’

Jane Worthington

(Engeland, 1969)

Vol de Reve • Design: Jane Worthington, 2006

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Humour and design,

an indestructible


Pallone • Design: Boonzaaier/Mazairac/de Scheemaker, 1989

A real eye catcher, with timeless forms and a long history. Conceived by Roy de Scheemaker as a magic carpet, inspired by the

world of the science fiction cartoon.

Pallone was originally designed for the ‘house of the future”. Almost 25 years on, Pallone is at the same time futuristic and humouristic,

but meanwhile totally in context too. With today’s level of comfort and a luxury finish, neutral or colourful. Design is

something for the very small too! Puppy Pallone was specially developed for children so that they can enjoy this top design on

their own scale.

Pallone is available as armchair, in normal or small versions (Pallone Puppy), a special version (Pallone Limited) and as footstool. Awarded Best Dutch Furniture

Design (1989), Design Preis Schweiz, Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and Good Industrial Design 2010. www.leolux.com/pallone More info p.219.

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Pallone Art

Leolux art for a good cause

Real people work at Leolux. With them

you as a working community are always

in the midst of life. You get involved in

the lovely moments of life and inevitably

come into contact with the worst ones.

Leolux sponsors various community

goals and in its anniversary year chose to

add substance to that in a quite special


In cooperation with Museum Kunstpaviljoen

in Nieuw Roden (NL) a group of

young artists is challenged at the beginning

of 2009 to give their vision on the

Leolux Pallone. The point of departure is

to exhibit the works and then to auction

them off . The proceeds go to the Pink

Ribbon Foundation, which raises funds

for breast cancer research. The task assigned

to the artists produces very surprising

visions about Pallone. “Tasty chair”

becomes an herb garden that, like the

human body, needs a lot of attention.

The life-sized pink “Barba Pallone” catches

the eye because of its playfulness,

as does the long-legged “Tripod” and the

“Sprout”, which represents a germinating

seed. Much more abstract are the

“X-ray” in stainless steel and “Aquario”, a

big fi sh made of tubular material. A third

group chooses to keep the shape. The

artists apply special coverings (“Button

Up”, “Shades of Wood”) or even mosaic


Early September 2009: the “Pallone Art”

exhibition gets under way in Museum

Kunstpaviljoen. In this splendid museum

with contemporary art the works are displayed

for two weeks, whereupon they

move house at the end of September

2009 to the “Woonbeurs” in Amsterdam.

The public can help to decide which of

these works of art is

the winner, although a jury has the final

say. They award the first prize of five

thousand Euros to artist Paul van Zijp for

his X-ray. A professional auctioneer finally

sells the Art Pallones to the highest


Participating artists: Neeltje Schoenmaker,

Tjep, Paul van Zijp, Caroline Prisse,

Lianne van Genugten & Stijn Boemaars,

Karin Stevers, Gea Smidt, Space Invaders,

Huting & De Hoop.

Trendy tricolour with a history

Eleven Pallones each with its own name and own face.

For two decades Pallone had two colours:

One for the back and one for the

seat. That changed in 2009. On the occasion

of its 75th anniversary that year,

Leolux introduced the Pallone Limited

series. Based on the latest leather colours,

the trend experts from Leolux

selected eleven combinations of always

three colours. The eleven Pallones become

personalities, each with its own

name and own face.

Colour -trio

The Limited was at once an unprecedented

success. That demonstrates the

popularity of Pallone, but also people’s

need to finish a piece of furniture in a

personal way. This opportunity to personalise,

which Leolux also offers with

other models, also applies to the Limited

edition of Pallone. Besides the combinations

selected, there is also the option

to choose a colour-trio of its own. The

“configurator” on the Leolux site helps

to do this.

Futuristic yet classic

The success of the Limited can be attributed

to its new presentation in three

colours. After all, nothing has changed

in the shape since it was designed more

than three decades ago for the “House

of the Future”. In all those years, the

aficionado could select a maximum

of two colours for the striking balloon

with backrest. The carefully chosen tricolour

coverings for the Pallone Limited

personalities ensure that the futuristic

armchair from 1989 can effortlessly find

space in the interiors of today. Timeless

yet trendy.


Legs, Karin Stevers

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X-Ray, Paul van Zijp

Tasty Chair, Caroline Prisse

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Height variations

in a graphic lowland plain

b flat • Design: Andreas Berlin, 2005

B flat: the lowest sofa in the Leolux collection with flat-lying backs for an amazingly transparent look. In this position each back

serves as a casual seat. Anyone sitting in B flat can set the right level of comfort by rotating the back upwards in little steps in the

rounded bed. The aluminium frame is available in two heights. B flat means sitting individually in an expansive seating landscape.

An absolute design topper from Leolux.

Available as 2.5-seat, 3-seat, footstool and various modular elements. The corner element and one section of the modular sofa are not adjustable. Components

without backs can be supplied with special back cushions as an option. The frame is produced in polished aluminium. Winner of a Reddot Design Award 2007.

www.leolux.com/bflat. More info p. 211.

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- interview -

b flat • Design: Andreas Berlin, 2005

B flat by Andreas Berlin

There are many ways to sit, finds Andreas Berlin. In his B flat design the

emphasis is on an informal manner of use.

‘I wanted to design a sofa where you can

also sit on the back. So it had to be really

flat, but also adjustable. The round

shape is a logical consequence of

that, which I then elaborated on.’

The original design was fitted with gas

springs, but did not seem practical

enough because it needed two hands

to operate it. In addition, the strap

needed did not satisfy the aesthetic

requirements and you could only sit in

B flat in the traditional postures. ‘A rack

and pinion mechanism has now been

installed,’ says Berlin. ‘With it you can


the back with one hand and practically

seamlessly, which supports any sitting


The extended programme that B flat

now offers, still a few more elements,

was already thought out by Berlin.

‘I always consider a large number of

possibilities before I offer a design to

Leolux’, says the designer. ‘Together, we

then look at which options can best be

developed further.’

Berlin is convinced of the timelessness

of his design, ‘The original idea stems

from 2004, so it has already proven itself.

The form was created from the function,

so it is not stand-alone. This makes B

flat much more than a fashion shape.’

Light colours have a clear preference in

its look. ‘The advantage of a white finish

is that the sofa adopts the colours from

the environment. By doing so, the sofa is

less dominant in its presence.’

Andreas Berlin

(Germany, 1965)

The traditional design questions are his

point of departure, but he distinguishes

himself by choosing innovative solutions.

Berlin’s designs are powerful, emotional

and balanced. But their simplicity

lends them a high utility value without

superfluous pretences. Andreas Berlin

studied at the University of Applied

Sciences in Wiesbaden, where he later

also taught. In the meantime, he lives and

works in Berlin.

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A finely

finished saddle

sella • Design: Patrick Belli, 2011

Sella combines a streamlined design with fine finishing and

high comfort. A hint of humour does the rest. As a stand-alone

seat, Sella forms a creative life object; in small groups this

special armchair offers plenty of playful variations. That’s how

Leolux turned this saddle-shaped object into an extremely

refined piece of furniture for lovers of abstract life forms.

Carpet: Jo Meesters

Sella comes with a lightly sprung back. Model fitted with polished aluminium

feet. Various combinations possible for front and rear side. Also available as

“Sella Sensations”: 19 specially selected colour combinations. Crowned with

the Interior Innovation Award 2011, Good Design 2012 and Good Industrial

Design 2011. www.leolux.com/sella. More info p. 221.

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- interview -

sella • Design: Patrick Belli, 2011

Patrick Belli

Leolux has an eye for talented young designers. For years now, we have

worked together in projects with students from the renowned Design

Academy Eindhoven. Leolux also keeps its ears and eyes wide open at all

national and international furniture fairs.

Patrick Belli first studied Product Design

at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht

(2004) to then graduate in 2008 from the

Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague

(Industrial Design). His armchair Sella

for Leolux won a prestigious Interior

Innovation Award at the Furniture

Fair in Cologne immediately on being


‘I see myself as a designer in search

of provoking design combined with

quality and functionality. I suppose I’m a

perfectionist in that respect. I don’t want

to lose sight of the image that captivated

me at the beginning of the design

process, but at the end of that journey

want to express it in a product that I

as designer can be proud of. I draw my

inspiration for that from everyday life.’

‘I always look for products that stimulate

the phantasy and a nice combination

between form and function. The one

must not dominate the other, but

‘A good design

gives you

goose pimples’

reinforce it. Leolux is a company that

accords that vision a high priority. On

that plane, we can complement and

strengthen one another. A good design

gives you goose pimples, but it also has

to do whatever it was designed for. A

chair has to offer you the comfort and

a cupboard the right storage space, a

lamp the light you need. Apart from

that, any product has above all to make

you happy. Now, but also after 20 or 30

years. Then a design has been successful

in my eyes. I suppose you could say I’m

at the bottom of the ladder of course.

I’ve taken the first couple of rungs pretty

well, but I want to go right to the top!

I’d love to have my own design studio

over time, where I can translate my

imagination into lovely products that

are appreciated worldwide, but above

all by making people happy and fuelling

their imagination!’

Designer Patrick Belli

(Netherlands, 1981)

By Monique van Empel.

Read the whole interview at


Carpet: Jo Meesters

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Drifting islands,

boulders in the stream

with moving parts

archipel • Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2004

Away with straight lines The elements of Archipel sit in your

living room like giant rocks. Their craggy shapes offer countless

sitting and reclining options, all provided with the right

support thanks to the adjustable back sections (Plus version).

The urge for movement within a playful shape is characteristic

for the work of Hugo de Ruiter for Leolux. Choose daring, and

take a real eye-catcher home with Archipel.

Various elements (standard and mirrored), footstools and a lounge table. The

footstool is available in three variants: storage footstool, footstool-seat or flex

version with revolving table leaf. The matching lounge table is equipped with a

glass leaf. www.leolux.com/archipel. More info p. 210

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A wink at


design attitudes

Papageno • Design: Jan Armgardt, 1993

Papageno is the Leolux symbol for playfulness, fun and humour.

Those humoristic little aluminium feet, the slightly

sprung back and its lovely organic form make Papageno an

eye-catcher that is difficult to put a date to. The design, the

carefully selected embroidery and high level of comfort lend

this compact armchair a character that only Leolux dares to

give its models.

Feet and rear leg of this armchair are available in polished aluminium.

www.leolux.com/papageno. More info p. 219.

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Share a burning passion

with me!

Tango • Design: Jan Armgardt, 1984

Tango is a Leolux classic that gave the world of the interior

another look with its flexibility. Around 25 years later the

Tango is still up to date. With its graceful play on lines and

adjustable armrests, this sofa forms the centre point of your

living room. The playfully finished aluminium feet lend this

fiery Tango a frivolous appearance. A timeless classic, with an

inimitable passion.

Available as 2-seat and 3-seat sofa. Arms and back components are strong in

character, but cannot be subjected to unlimited loading. Do not use as a seat in

the 0 position. www.leolux.com/tango. More info p. 222.

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play on lines

with an eye

for detail

scylla • Design: Gerard Vollenbrock, 1996

Gerard Vollenbrock designed the archetypically Dutch Scylla

with memories of “De Stijl” in mind. He provided the plain

design with a glittering tubular frame running right across

the back and robustly covered armrests. It is the little details

and the perfectionist finishing that make sure this design can

withstand any test even after so many years. Because only on

that condition can truly timeless design be created.

Scylla is available as armchair, 2.5-seat sofa and as the special “Scylla Flavours”

edition (series with fifteen different versions). Arm available in leather or

Alcantara. Crowned with an Interior Innovation Award 2011.

www.leolux.com/scylla More info p. 220.

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- interview -

scylla • Design: Gerard Vollenbrock, 1996

Pan Metron Ariston

Greece is an important source of inspiration for designer Gerard

Vollenbrock. In his studio on the island of Serifos he works his designs

through to sketches and working drawings. The same went for the

successful Scylla, named after a nymph in the Greek legend in which

the daughter of Poseidon ends dramatically as a sea monster. But his

Dutch background is more than evident in his designs. So Vollenbrock

unites two worlds!

‘The design for Scylla clearly shows my

interest in De Stijl and Bauhaus: straight

lines, simple and clear form and construction,

elegant but discreet modern


To put Scylla together I used the Golden

Dimensions because they are ancient

and timeless. Greek architects were already

using them three thousand years

ago: “Pan Metron Ariston”, everything

has its right proportions.

I’ve captured the seat and the slightly

arched back in a continuous shape.

Once I had finished the drawings – with

various adjustments – I made a scale

model. I kept looking at it for days on

end to decide whether the design had

‘We call her


the right proportions. I painted her in a

neutral colour and sent her to her future

home, Leolux. I wrapped her in a Greek

newspaper and carefully packed her

into an impact-resistant cardboard box.

Ready to ship with the boat from Athens

to the Netherlands. I couldn’t stop thinking

about her, all alone in a little box on

a big ship... A month later, she arrived at

Leolux. The director immediately recognised

her as my signature, partly with

the help of the Greek newspaper wrapping.

He held my model like a treasure.

“We adopted her at once,” he said. “She

came here nameless, but we call her


Designer Gerard Vollenbrock

(Netherlands, 1949)

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Sit or

stretch out?

On Kikko

you can do


kikko • Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2000

Is it a chaise longue? Yes, but this richly coloured multifunctional can do more. By lifting Kikko’s back slightly, it turns 90 degrees to

the left or right, transforming the chaise longue into a comfortable place to sit with an extra seat beside it. And just look at those

glittering, chrome-plated metal elements.

Armchair with asymmetric back. The back can turn through 180º by lifting the rest slightly. The back locks again as soon as you let it go or place a load on it. Back

is available in two variants (high to the left or high to the right). Kikko can be supplied in countless combinations of colours and coverings. www.leolux.com/kikko.

More info p. 217.

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volare • Design: Jan Armgardt, 1998

The reference to the design of early in the last century is

evident. To do that, the epoxied wire frame ensures that

Volare offers pleasantly sprung comfort at the same time. The

spacious seat on the armchair gives plenty of opportunity

to choose another posture than simply sitting straight. That

relaxed feeling that descends upon you in such moments fits

perfectly with the light look, the utter essence of a piece of

furniture, Volare has it all!

Programme: with matching footstools. Prize-winner of the Dutch interiors

magazine “VT Wonen” (1998). www.leolux.com/volare More info p. 223.


f loating away

on a


wire chair

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formi • Design: Frans Schrofer, 2002

Designer Frans Schrofer has created an entirely contemporary

swivel armchair with the Formi. With a large austere pod that

supports the head and cocoons the user from the outside

world, with firm arms and a reclining mechanism to rock away

in splendid style. The metal parts are finished in polished

aluminium and the covering is provided with high-quality

stitching. A truly formidable swivel armchair.

Swivel/recline armchair and footstool. Arm in leather or Alcantara. Crowned

with a North Sea Pearl Award 2008. www.leolux.com/formi. More info p. 215.

You are the one formi-dable

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Jo Meesters Masterful!

Jo Meesters moved to the Netherlands at the age of eleven. At

the time he adopted his mother’s second surname and changed

his first name from Jomunrek to Jo.

‘There’s a sort of twist in that. Here, Jo

is both a men’s and a women’s name.

And there are both male and female

elements in my work too. I have a preference

for textiles, but I find other materials

fascinating to work with as well.

Diversity is a high priority for me, because

I don’t want to be placed in a particular

corner. It’s all in the mix!’

His atelier in a former monastery in Eindhoven

is littered with piles of sheets,

neatly sorted by colour, waiting to be

worked into a bed or as a rug. Huge

lampshades and vases made of papiermâché

stand around everywhere as

well: Central to the work of Jo Meesters

is the reuse of second-hand items and

waste materials.

‘Papier-mâché is a material that I’ve actually

rediscovered. It’s a left-over material

stemming from old, recycled newspapers.

So utterly green and sustainable.

I began to experiment with it and then

developed my own recipe as it were. It

is a surprising, alternative material and I

keep discovering new ways to use it in a

playful way. The pulp is mixed with glue

and then finished with an epoxy lacquer.

After grey and black, I’m now working in

white too. To really emphasise the contrast

between throwaway and valuable,

some vases and dishes have even been

finished in gold leaf. It was together with

Leolux that I first made such big objects

with it.’

Leolux is open to joining forces with

young designers and artists and profiling

itself with them. The same applies in

reverse, says Jo Meesters. ‘I was really impressed

by the Leolux factory. It’s amazing

that all this happens in house; from

production to transport. What binds us

is a piece of tradition, and a passion for

well-designed products. We both try to

give our designs a soul and do that with

a lot of attention and care.

Being green and sustainable as a designer

is hugely en vogue at the moment. But

with Jo Meesters there’s no hype: ‘I’ve

always done that. I’m interested in any

materials that age gracefully, like glass

and wood. For me, working sparingly

with energy and materials goes without

saying. It’s just the way I am. It’s why I

used old sheets for my final exams too;

for lack of the money to have something

new made, but above all because those

materials were available and still perfectly

usable. Recycling what’s still good

has always been my thing. I was like that

even as a young boy on the Philippines,

where I was born. I made vases out of

old tin cans and from the biscuit tins we

used to place on hot coals to cook with.’

By Monique van Empel

Read the whole interview at


Jo Meesters

Performance presentation of pulp products

from Jo Meesters.

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74 |

When creating the Leolux brand, the founders chose to manufacture

aesthetically shaped furniture without slipping into a

frigid, modern line. The luxury seating ideas from Leolux are

living furniture to which you really come “home” at the end of a

long day. That Leolux has stayed true to its aspirations is all too

obvious in designs such as Antonia Royale, Ponton or Horatio.

Seating ideas in countless variants to suit any modern interior,

created for those who associate design with an enjoyable and

carefree life.


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Rotatable backrests

for any posture, at any moment

horatio • Design: Cuno Frommherz, 2012

A sofa with a low back offers unprecedented beauty, but falls

short when it comes to comfort. Designer Cuno Frommherz

found the solution in rotatable backrests. What’s more, they

give the design an extra function: by rotating the backrests

Horatio changes from a sofa to sit upright on in comfort into

a splendid chaise longue for moments of total relaxation. The

precious finishing with visible aluminium elements lends the

design an unforgettable look. It makes Horatio a seating idea

of unheard of richness that unites the designer’s refinement

perfectly with the craftsmanship of Leolux.

Available as love-seat and 3-seat sofa, modular sofa with a large number of

modular elements, 2 footstools and a slumber cushion. Choice of polished

aluminium feet or sleds. Optionally available in all Leolux lacquer and epoxy

colours. Feet and sleds can also be supplied in a higher variant (+2cm) (except

footstool with sled). Backrests at the corners can turn through 90 degrees. At

other points they are fixed in place. www.leolux.com/horatio. More info p. 216

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14-16 cm 14-16 cm

horatio • Design: Cuno Frommherz, 2012

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Everything on board

for perfect comfort

marabeau • Design: Gerard Vollenbrock, 2012

You always want to sit comfortably, but not always in the same

way, so Leolux developed Marabeau. A distinctive looking

sofa with exclusive finishing that you recognise at once in the

tapering feet. But your Marabeau also has the flexibility you’re

looking for within the framework of perfect comfort and modest

dimensions. Gerard Vollenbrock’s design offers pleasant

robustness and comes with a headrest that you can easily adjust

in height and turn into three positions. So whether you’re

sitting upright or prefer a more relaxed position, Marabeau

has it all..

Available as 2.5- and 3-seat sofa and as footstool. The feet are finished in

chrome, Satin Chrome, epoxy or lacquer. For taller users, Marabeau offers a

greater seat depth (+ 2cm), for shorter users a lower seat height (- 2cm) is an

option. In terms of design, the Mundo and Marabis armchairs fit perfectly with

Marabeau. www.leolux.com/marabeau More info p. 217

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Icon for the highest

individual comfort

marabis • Design: Gerard Vollenbrock, 2012

The little Marabis armchair is the perfect housemate: compact

in size, prettily shaped and designed to fit with the Marabeau

series of sofas. You see that in the shape and details, you feel

that when you sit down.

Available as armchair. The feet are finished in chrome, Satin Chrome, epoxy or

lacquer. In terms of design, the Marabis fits with the Marabeau series of sofas

and the Mundo armchair. www.leolux.com/marabis More info p. 217

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A personal


given by

your designer

cuno • Design: Cuno Frommherz, 2008

A more complete series is hardly conceivable. Cuno is an austerely

designed sofa with fine lines and outstanding levels of

comfort. The programme offers practically all conceivable options,

both in its appearance and in combinations and comfort.

With adjustable seats that make this model ideal for users

of any height. So Cuno is guaranteed to meet all your needs

within elementary shapes. She’s the pride & joy of her designer,

so he signed it in her own name as well.

Available as (swivel) armchair, love seat, 2.5-seat, 3-seat, 3.5 seat sofa, modular

elements, footstools, arm cushions and headrests. www.leolux.com/cuno.

More info p. 213

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Cuno: more versatile than you think

Maybe the most complete series that Leolux is rich in. Besides

a broad choice of elements such as (swivel) armchairs, fixed

sofas, two footstools and modular elements, Cuno of course

offers all the options in the Leolux collection in terms of colours

and materials, fabric or leather, but also in yarn colours.

With it you can create any look, for any space and in any modern



Cuno becomes even more playful when you combine several

colours or materials with one another for the body and


Clever feet and sleds

The angular (Cubic) or round sleds (Trineo) are produced in

polished stainless steel. The picture, though, becomes completely

different if you choose a wooden foot, Palo, in plain

walnut or stained oak. On the modular elements, the feet and

sleds are cleverly combined to avoid creating visual pressure.

Heights and depths

For taller users, the feet and sleds are available in 2 heights:

standard or +3cm. The seats can be adjusted using a handle

into 4 different positions. So you choose the depth that suits

you best.

Higher / lower arms

Higher armrests offer nice support when you stand up, whilst

the low rests provide for an extra calm look.



Points or not

Another image definer: the upholstery finish “Points” for the

seat and back cushions. This technique lends Cuno an entirely

contemporary look, but one which is purely decorative. If you

have a preference for the pure form, then the “straight” version

is more your thing.

3 x 2,5 cm



Comfort cushions

Extra comfort or a decorative addition? Available with Cuno

are the adjustable cushions attached to the armrest, a loose

arm cushion and a fantastically soft slumber cushion. The

comfortable headrest in two widths offers support for your

neck or head.

25 cm


10/13 cm


10/13 cm

cuno • Design: Cuno Frommherz, 2008

Firm or soft

You define the firmness of Cuno yourself. Stiffer foam offers

you a firm seat, but if you prefer a more luxuriant look, then

Cuno offers soft cushions as well. Your choice is naturally definitive

to the look: the firm cushions are upholstered to be austere,

whilst the soft variant looks cosily nonchalant.

30 cm

palo / oak

10/13 cm

palo / walnut

10/13 cm

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down to the details

mayon • Design: Christian Werner, 2012

Mayon: the name is reminiscent of other cultures, is exotic and

sublime, God-like. You recognise the refinement in the compact

Mayon at first glance. You see it in the organically curved

rounding of the arms and back, in the sprung armrest, the perfect

line of the aluminium feet that flows into the stitching on

the front and in the exclusive upholstery in back and arm elements.

In other words: Subtle right down to the details. That is

Mayon from Leolux in optima forma.

Available as 2-seat, 2.5-seat, 3-seat sofa, armchair, slumber cushions and footstool.

Extra comfort thanks to sprung arms. Aluminium feet in three heights

(standard, - 2 cm and + 2 cm). Optionally available lacquer and epoxy.

www.leolux.com/mayon. More info p. 218

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- interview -

The role of refinement

Designer Christian Werner (1959, Berlin) describes his own interior

as a really lively mix. There is space for designs from his own

pen, but also from his wife’s, who like Werner is also a designer.

In fact, there are only two fixed elements, a sofa and a big table.

The rest changes on a regular basis. Because, he explains, a family

with four children simply keeps creating new impulses.

Mayon is the first time Leolux has worked

together with Christian Werner,

who at the moment is enjoying repute

as a designer for top European brands. A

pleasant and inspiring cooperation, says

Werner: ‘For Mayon, I really did place

myself in the world of Leolux. The name

stands for round shapes and that inspired

me. The challenge was to design

a “classic” seating group, with a luxury

sofa, an armchair, modern with compact

dimensions. For all target groups, but

contemporary, for the young or stayedyoung

design aficionados who have no

space for a seating landscape. I enjoyed

the openness, the speed and the feeling

for details at Leolux; the will of the developers

to look for the limits, for the optimum

between comfort and form. Everything

was unbelievably harmonious.’

The result is a sofa with a relaxed, pleasing

design. ‘I myself find the flowing

line between the arm and the backrest

characteristic, it provides for a certain

tension. It’s like a thin cushion embracing

you and tempting you to crawl

away into the corner.’

Does he still have a certain preference of

his own for the finishing? ‘When designing

Mayon I worked completely based

on leather coverings. That’s how I imagined

it even in my sketches. I myself really

love a sofa in a lovely, neutral fabric,

but I always had at the back of my mind:

Leolux is leather. So I was pleasantly surprised

when it turned out that the prototype

in fabric looked fantastic as well.’

Emotion is the key driver for people, in

every decision. I am convinced that consumers

choose products they feel good

with. You don’t buy a car if you don’t like

it. No-one buys a car purely based on

reason, just as little as colours or furniture.

So refinement plays a significant

role for me. I believe in the beauty of

minimalism, but then – like an Australian

artist once described it, and that appealed

to me - “minimalism plus”. Otherwise

it becomes dry engineering output. A

little softness is needed as well. It is my

task as designer to give people a product

they feel good with, with which

they can identify.

Thirteen years ago, Werner moved with

his family from the hustle and bustle

of the big city in Hamburg to a quiet

suburb. The bungalow from the seventies

with lots of glass elements offered

space for a design studio of his own.

‘That is an unheard-of luxury. It gives

you the space to divide your own time.

To take advantage of those creative moments

that sometimes overcome you in

the evening and which would vanish if

you first had to drive to the office. But

it’s also fantastic to just sit there in the

evening, with a glass of wine and some


Christian Werner (1959, Berlin) pursued

studies as an industrial designer in Berlin

and Hamburg. He has been working as a

freelance designer since 1992. Werner designs

furniture, lighting and accessories for

various well-known firms.

mayon • Design: Christian Werner, 2012

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mundo • Design: Gerard Vollebrock, 2011

Sensuously shaped with timeless elements; that characterises

the work of Dutch designer Gerard Vollenbrock. In Mundo he

mixes style, elegance and a compact look with power and character.

The tapered feet and the compact cup of the seat are

architectural style elements that somehow invoke nostalgic

emotions but at the same time are completely of today. Mundo

is a mini-armchair that feels at home anywhere in the world,

because it speaks the language of the world.

A true

world citizen

Available as compact armchair. Choice of 10 preselected colour/material combinations

(Metro|Mundo),or completely free choice. Feet finished in chromeplated

steel or optionally in Satin Chrome, with a slightly matt appearance,

lacquer or epoxy. Distinguished with Good Industrial Design 2011.

www.leolux.com/mundo. More info p. 218

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for seating ideas

ponton • Design: Braun & Maniatis, 2008

Slide, rotate, couple and move. Anything goes with Ponton. The cubistic elements with rotating backs invite endless experimentation.

The one wants to stretch out with a book, and the other prefers a movie? No problem, because with Ponton everyone creates

the sitting moment he wants, even on the same piece of furniture. Slide the elements together to become a corner sofa or rotate

the backrest to create a chaise longue. Or even better: place two chaise longues next to one another. From now on, there’s no

more battles for the most comfortable spot on the sofa. You both have one!

Available as 1.5-seat and 3-seat elements, footstools, arm cushion, slumber cushion and lumbar cushion. Backs can be adjusted in four positions (4 x 90°), and rotate

both inside the element and across the seats of the other elements. Available only in (cross-woven) fabrics. The loose cushions are though available in leather.

Choice of four different versions in terms of stitching and finish. Polished aluminium feet available in three different heights (standard, +1.5 or +3 cm). Crowned with

a reddot design award 2009. www.leolux.com/ponton. More info p. 219.

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Basic version: here, Ponton is

finished with a normal “flat”



Honey version: the special

“Honey” decorative stitching

is combined with the fabric

Villano or Divina (Melange).

Ideal for really frivolous combinations.


Patch version: finished with

“patchwork” in Alcantara or

Comfort on the sides of the


Piping version: the pretty

piping in leather lends Ponton

a sumptuous appearance.

ponton • Design: Braun & Maniatis, 2008

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Elongated depths

faya lobi • Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2003

This refined series of sofas has so much to offer! Faya Lobi comprises

a large number of elements and different seat depths. It

puts any combination, for any space, within reach. Of course,

you add your own substance by choosing the covering material

you want. The rich details in the feet and the stitching

provide for the finishing touch. Those are the ingredients for a

splendid sofa that exudes a pleasing nonchalance thanks to its

large covering elements.

Various elements and footstools. Faya Lobi is finished exclusively in (cross-woven)

fabric coverings. Separate cushion is of course available in leather. Feet are

polished aluminium. www.leolux.com/fayalobi. More info p. 214.

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The uncrowned

queen from Leolux

antonia royale • Design: Hugo de Ruiter,


In her basic form, the grande dame of Leolux has been around

since the 1950’s and even now still represents a solid basis for

the collection. For a long and happy future, the familiar Antonia

has been revisited, transformed and provided with a new

(yet familiar) look. A model with a solid reputation deserves a

title of honour. That’s why the queen of the Leolux collection

is known as Antonia Royale.

(Swivel) armchair, 2-seat, 2.5-seat, 3-seat and 3.5-seat sofa, footstools, cushions,

headrests and a large number of modular elements. Two different comfort options

(Soft or Firm). Seven different foot options. Available in three different

foot heights; swivel armchair available in 2 foot heights. Available with seat

depth -2 cm. Swivel armchair is fitted with a memory spindle (memory 0 position).

www.leolux.com/antonia. More info p. 210.

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Antonia Royale: a world of options

The Antonia Royale programme is more than complete. It consists

of two armchairs, a swivel armchair, four spacious sofas

and three footstools for you to compose your own elegant seating

area. With the modular elements, you can let your phantasy

run completely free. Count the possibilities our fabric and

leather collections offer and the other options in yarn colours

and you’ve laid the foundations for entirely personal furniture.

Frames in any colour

The frame of any sofa defines the appearance of your furniture.

Antonia offers you all the space you need: the slender

Palo comes in oak, and the Cube provides for a robust look (in

oak and aluminium). Noble, Elegance, and Fado are aluminium

feet, each with a face of its own, and finally there is the stainless

steel sled. If you want, simply select your own finish from

our stain (for feet in oak) or lacquer colours (for the aluminium



12-14-16 cm

cube oak

12-14-16 cm 12-14-16 cm


Heights and depths

For taller or shorter users, all feet and sleds can be supplied

in three heights: standard, +2cm or -2cm (not on the swivel

armchair). The seat depth on fixed sofas and armchairs can be

shortened by 2 cm if you want. That is not possible with the

modular elements.

seat depth standard


12-14-16 cm 12-14-16 cm


Comfort cushions

Extra comfort or a decorative addition? Antonia Royale offers

you plenty of choice. There is, for instance, the adjustable

cushion attached to the armrest, a decorative cushion roll and

a fantastically soft slumber cushion. The comfortable headrest

in two widths offers support for your neck or head.

seat depth - 2 cm


12-14-16 cm 12-14-16 cm


antonia royale • Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 1996/2010

Firm or soft

Antonia Royale is as soft as you want it to be. Stiffer foam offers

you a firm seat, but if you prefer a more luxuriant look, then

Antonia offers fantastically soft cushions that gently embrace

you. Your choice is naturally definitive to the look: the firm

cushions are upholstered to be austere, whilst the soft variant

looks cosily nonchalant.



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fiji • Design: Cuno Frommherz, 2012

Some shapes talk straight to the imagination. Fiji keeps the

promise of high comfort inside an elementary shape, whereby

this compact armchair offers fantastic styling options. You

combine coverings and colours to your heart’s content, whilst

you can use the embroidery on the rear side to create the loveliest

contrasts. Or perhaps you prefer a more discreet variant.

It’s completely up to you.

Armchair with matching footstool. Fitted with a plinth in oak, in all Leolux stain

colours, or in Leolux Cristallo colours. Seat depth +2cm or –2cm. Fiji features

very refined embroidery. Upholstery options: inside / outside body.

www.leolux.com/fiji. More info p. 215

A contrary


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An elusive beauty

entrada • Design: Natalie Buijs, 2008

Perhaps the greatest challenge in the work of a designer is

to realise the perfect balance between appearance and construction.

The light looking yet hard as iron frame of Entrada

carries the seemingly floating seats. And the lightness this creates

means the Entrada sofa is completely at home even in not

so big interiors. Entrada is timeless and compact in form, with

the high level of comfort you may expect of Leolux. A successful

design and perfect execution.

Available as armchair, 2-seat, 2.5-seat sofa, modular elements and two footstools.

Frame as standard in polished stainless steel. Optional lacquer and

epoxy. www.leolux.com/entrada. More info p. 213

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A vision of contemporary


Goncharov • Design: Braun & Maniatis, 2003

Goncharov is like a sketch of modern times: accessible and inviting,

yet individual and ultra-personal too. Adjustable headrests

make this Leolux design equally comfortable for taller

and shorter users alike. You define the character of this sofa

yourself with the material options and combinations designed

especially for you. So whether you like a more classical version

or tend towards the modern, Goncharov is open for that. For

all your moments of relaxation, alone with a book or together

with a glass.

Armchair, 2.5-seat, 3-seat sofa and footstool. Backrest is adjustable in height.

The 2.5-seat and the 3-seat sofa both have two backrests. The feet and visible

parts are finished in American walnut or polished aluminium.

www.leolux.com/goncharov. More info p. 215

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A feast for

the eyes

pupilla • Design: Gabriele Assmann, 1998

“I love the apple of my eye, and the apple of my eye loves me”.

It was under that motto that designer Gabriele Assmann drew

her Pupilla for Leolux. Shaped with great feeling based on

her ideas about comfort, multifunctionality and emotionality.

An organically shaped sofa on eccentric little feet with extra

height option. And thanks to the clever way the modular elements

are coupled, Pupilla takes less space than you might


Available as 2.5-seat, 3-seat sofa, modular element and coupling chaise

longues. www.leolux.com/pupilla. More info p. 220.

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from a



Sjamaan • Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 1998

Furniture can be magical. Simply think about how it transforms

an ordinary room into a home. Sjamaan does this with

an interplay of lovely stitching and a completely organic shape.

What’s more, its dimensions are smart, so the matching

footstool fits precisely under the seat. So the little sorcerer

from Leolux brings magic into your living room.

Available as armchair and footstool. Can be supplied on aluminium feet or glides

in various heights. The seat depth is adjustable, Winner of the ICFF award

1999. www.leolux.com/sjamaan. More info p. 221.

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Tasteful and refined

with the greatest possible comfort

felizia • Design: Axel Enthoven, 2012

Felizia’s soft curves invite you to explore her comfort, the

cushions on the arms to curl up in or rest your head. In this

series of sofa, Leolux gathered all its knowhow in design and

ergonomics together. The outcome is a unique sofa, which

unites absolutely top levels of comfort with an accessible design.

To maximise your comfort, Felizia is also available with

a high back. Familiar, tasteful and refined, all put together as

only Leolux does it.

Available as armchair, 2-seat, 2.5- and 3-seat sofa (with high or low back) and as

footstool. The sofas and armchair are provided with free-sprung back sections

that adjust to your body shape. Comfort options; Felizia is available with an

adjusted seat height (+ or – 2 cm) and with a greater seat depth (+2cm). The feet

are finished as standard in polished aluminium. Optionally in lacquer or epoxy,

with the exception of (Metallic) Brush. www.leolux.com/felizia More info p. 214.

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boavista • .Design: Axel Enthoven, 2011

Boavista unites compact design with amazing comfort. Obvious

at once as a design by Enthoven: light-footed and subtle,

within a familiar form language. And as the name betrays, special

attention was paid to the finishing. With upholstery that

seems tightly folded like an envelope and lovely upholstery

details on the inside of the arm and the side of the back.

Available as armchair, 2-seat, 2.5-seat, 3-seat and as footstool. Choice of high

or low back. Lovely upholstery details on the inside of the arm and the side of

the back. Sprung back for extra high comfort. Available in three different seat

heights (-2, 0, +2 cm). www.leolux.com/boavista. More info p. 212.

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Heart conquering


already a whole

future long

Dolcinea • Design: Jan Armgardt, 1992

Only a piece of furniture that conquers the hearts of people

acquires perpetuity value over time. A hint of it at any rate.

Dolcinea convinces through its charm and refinement and

combines those talents with a high degree of functionality.

She is compact and very comfortable thanks to the sprung

back that adjusts to your body. The arched underside helps

you stand up and prevents damage. These are just a few of

the options that make Dolcinea so exciting, because the total

picture fits here. Ultimately that is what gives Dolcinea that alldecisive

lead, already a whole future long.

The feet on Dolcinea are finished in polished aluminium, lacquer or stained

oak, With a shorter or longer seat for shorter/taller users.

www.leolux.com/dolcinea. More info p. 213.

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The loveliest Bora of them all

bella bora • Design: Axel Enthoven, 1983/2008

This model is based directly on the Bora series of 1983, with

which Leolux so radically changed the world of seating thirty

years ago. So light! So elegant, compact and comfortable!

The characteristic active comfort of the Bora is enhanced still

further by the unique Leolux system with which the backrest

adjusts to your body..

With this “Bella”, the Bora of then is again a Bora completely for

you. Modest but still unimaginably beautiful.

Available as armchair, 2-seat, 2,5-seat, 3-seat sofa (all with high or low back) and

footstool. www.leolux.com/bellabora. More info p. 211.

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- interview -

Beautiful through its

simplicity and candour

It all began in 1983 with Bora Bora. Afterwards came Bora Bèta

and more recently, after a little restyling, Bella Bora. So now,

thirty years after introduction, the Bora series still exists. What is

the success of this design classic and how was its spiritual father

Axel Enthoven inspired to his creations? A conversation with an

inspired designer.

‘In the early eighties, quality sofas were

still ponderous and pompous,” says Enthoven

beginning his story. “The level of

comfort was in fact defined by wooden

frames and large quantities of foam

material. For the more modest among

us, who elect to live on a smaller scale,

that was of little use. The furniture took

up too much space and, under the influence

of the advancing modernism, more

elegant models came into favour. Leolux

asked me to come up with something

thinner and lighter; in wood and with

the famous ‘Leolux’ seating quality. That

was a challenge I gladly took on”.

A bestseller at once

To arrive at a slender sofa with the same

level of comfort, Enthoven developed a

new process. “First we took a critical look

at where ‘filling’ was needed and where

not: at that time a really innovative step.

We also opted to make the frame out of

plywood strips, with better springing as

a consequence.” The result? An elegant,

fully upholstered sofa in wood with narrow

armrests and a slender back. The

Bora Bora was a bestseller at once. “This

sofa was unique,” says Enthoven, explaining

its success. “The three-seater, for

instance, was merely 1.80 metres wide.

That was unheard of at the time; threeseat

sofas measured at least two metres.”

Meanwhile the Bora series seems

to have become an “ever seller.”

How come this sofa is still so popular? According

to Enthoven it all has to do with

the intelligence of the design. “People

recognise craftsmanship. I am not a designer

who is led by trends. I approach

‘The Bora Bora stays beautiful

through its simplicity ‘

design based on logic and practical use,

not based on a fashion trend. The Bora

Bora remains lovely thanks to its sheer

simplicity and candour. That lends the

sofa its power and makes it timeless”.

bella bora • Design: Axel Enthoven, 1983/2008

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Strong designs

defy the times

cece • Design: Axel Enthoven, 2010

The legendary armchair 200 by Axel Enthoven from 1978 is

being delivered thirty years later under the name of Cécé.

Comfort and technology of this swivel/recline armchair have

been adapted entirely to today’s requirements, but the characteristic

look remains. The aluminium dish foot provides for

a wholly contemporary accent. That’s how strong designs can

effortlessly defy the times.

Swivel/recline armchair and footstool. The dish foot can also be supplied in lacquer

and epoxy. www.leolux.com/cece More info p. 212.

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So gracefully

in balance may

its contours be

+ 2,5 cm + 5 cm

+ 7,5 cm

Timandra • Design: Gabriele Assmann, 2010

Civilized, refined and quite obviously the work of Gabriele

Assmann. In Timandra she has united compact design and

extremely pleasant active comfort. With a touch of the hand

under the seat you choose one of the four seat depths Timandra

has to offer you. But as so often happens, it is the first impression

that convinces: with its glittering in polished chrome

slides, balanced proportions and graceful lines, Timandra is

the uncontested pivotal point of your living room. That is love

at first sight.

Available as (swivel) armchair, 2-seat, 2.5-seat and 3-seat sofa. Adjustable seats

and active comfort. www.leolux.com/timandra. More info p.223.

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Space anywhere,


talassa • Design: Frans Schrofer, 2003

Not every chair needs a fixed spot in the living room. The

Talassa armchair offers flexibility because it is light enough to

move quickly if you ever need it to. That of course does not

come at the expense of comfort, which is superb despite the

very slender lining. You can gear the armrests to match your

taste. We offer the options of American walnut, oak, lacquer

and a covered variant (leather or Alcantara).

The frame on Talassa is finished as standard in chrome. With its design, Talassa

fits perfectly with the Talos dining room chairs. www.leolux.com/talassa

More info p. 222.

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A low back, or prefer it high?

Adjustable for your comfort

Fidamigo • Design: Frans Schrofer, 2003

This trusty friend offers you an unprecedented level of

snugness. Fidamigo has an extremely soft and nonchalant

manner, the adjustable back cushions and perfect ergonomics

guarantee a fantastic sitting experience. Add in its lovely looks

and it’s really easy to happily abandon yourself to this trusty

friend in your living room, Fidamigo from Leolux.

Fidamigo is available as armchair, 2-, 2.5 and 3-seat sofa and footstool. Also

available with a lower seat depth (-2 cm) or with higher feet +1,5 or +3 cm. Extra

option: arm cushion (60x42 cm). The feet are finished in polished aluminium.

Each back cushion can be adjusted in height by 11 cm using a gas spring. You

can combine Fidamigo with the (dining room) armchairs Quantissimo.

www.leolux.com/fidamigo. More info p. 214

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Paian • Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2007

Compact, active and equipped with adjustable seats. Paian

boasts a wide range of options that make this model ideal for

both taller and shorter users. Simply select one of the four seat

depths via a handle under the seat. The feet in aluminium or

oak can be supplied in three heights. We will also be happy

to adjust the firmness of the cushions to meet your needs:

as standard Paian is beautifully soft, but firmer cushions are

also one of the possibilities. With all those options, Paian will

immediately become familiar company in your living room.

Familiar design

with all options

Available as (swivel) armchair, 2-, 2.5- and 3-seat sofa and footstool. Thanks

to the extendable seat, the seat depth can be raised by 2.5, 5 or 7.5 cm. Feet

are available in polished aluminium or oak (in lacquer or stained) and in three

heights (-2, 0, +2 cm). The armchair has a swivel foot with a memory for the

0-position (not adjustable in height). Standard: foot with rounded corners

(epoxy). Option stainless steel. www.leolux.com/paian. More info p. 218

+ 2,5 cm + 5 cm

+ 7,5 cm



palo +2 / -2 cm

noble +2 / -2 cm

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Press one button

to gaze at the stars

kepler • Design: Scooter & Partners, 2005

Completely relax once in a while? Kepler was made for such

moments, with a back and foot rest that are adjustable independently

of one another. The remote control does not lie inconveniently

on the seat, but is attached under the arm with a

magnet. Kepler is of course made to order, whereby the swivel

foot comes in brushed aluminium or lacquer.

Electrically adjustable swivel armchair. Available with battery.

www.leolux.com/kepler. More info p. 216.

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Sustainable business

Work sparingly with material

Leolux produces quality and in doing

so is taking a decisive step towards environmentally

responsible products. The

environmental issue is after all an element

of the quality issue. A long life, no

wasting of usable materials, it represents

an important contribution to a better

environment. But lifetime and quality

in use alone are not enough to deliver a

real contribution. So Leolux strives for a

production method that is clean and efficient.

From the outset when developing the

product, we take account of the materials

applied and production methods.

Naturally within the limits that go hand

in hand with making comfortable furniture.

Manufacturing consumer goods

will never be entirely neutral to the environment,

but Leolux regards it as its

duty to at least strive for the maximum

achievable. That is better for our employees,

for our surroundings and ultimately

for the world we all live in. Leolux works

at various levels on sustainable products

and cleaner production methods. But

nobody has a monopoly on the truth

and no business can unite all the knowhow,

so Leolux worked together with

others on projects of the Dutch Ministry

of Housing, Regional Development and

the Environment and the Department of

Economic Affairs, such as the “Ecodesign

project” (early nineties) and the “Chain

Management Project” a few years later.

As one of the first, Leolux joined “MVO-

Nederland”, a forum of Dutch companies

for whom socially responsible business

was a high priority. Leolux has been acclaimed

several times over the past decades

for its efforts to realise a sustainable

method of production.

Leolux produces its furniture in

Venlo, the city nominated as the

C2C (Cradle to Cradle) capital of

the Netherlands. In this inspiring

environment where research is being

carried out to ascertain how we can

achieve fully recyclable product flows,

Leolux is delivering its own modest

contribution. Making consumer goods

will probably never be totally neutral, but

Leolux regards it as its duty to strive for

the maximum achievable. That is better

for our people, for our environment and

ultimately for the world we all live in.

The nature around Leolux

The beautiful Limburg countryside is

where Leolux products originate from. It

is unique in all ways and is a varied source

of inspiration and relaxation for Leolux

employees. That’s why Leolux is a member

of the Robur Foundation and supports

the work of the Limburg Countryside

Foundation, a private organisation

that since 1931 has protected valuable

scenic areas in the province by buying

and managing them. This foundation

now has approximately sixty scenic areas

under its management which are usually

open to the public. Leolux is proud of its

roots and that’s why it supports the Limburg

Countryside Foundation.

On what can you judge us?


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EvEn iEts mindEr comfort

voor EEn goEd gEvoEl

wij vechten mee,

wij fietsen mee...

Leolux fietst mee tegen kanker.

steun ons team: www.leolux.nl/alp6

met in ons Leolux hart de herinnering aan:

Caroline 1998, Peter 2005

John 2006, Luud 2009, Bart 2010

Ricardo Belli

Leolux is committed to good causes in terms of sports

too. Teams of Leolux employees took part in the “Ride

for the Roses” and Alpe d’HuZes, cycling events where

money is collected for the battle against cancer. This advertisement

remembers the Leolux colleagues who have

died of this disease.

Good causes with something

for everyone

Because we stand in the midst of the

community, we as Leolux also want to

deliver a contribution there. Not only by

producing the loveliest seating ideas,

but also by supporting others. People

and organisations that can use our support

and that – often because of some

personal involvement – are close to our


In recent years we have auctioned off

Pallone works of art from Dutch artists

for Pink Ribbon, and Leolux teams have

taken part in the Ride for the Roses and

Alpe d’Huzes, two cycle runs where

money is collected for cancer research.

The consumer is equally involved in

the projects: confronted with the abject

poverty in parts of Europe, Leolux

decided to set up a trade-in promotion.

Used items of furniture now get a

second lease of life at, among others,

orphanages and old people’s homes in

Hungary. Since then, the promotion has

been repeated successfully on two occasions.

In 2012 Leolux is supporting Energy4All

for a year. It collects money for children

with a serious metabolism disorder. And

close to the World Horticultural Expo,

Floriade, Leolux is starting two new

sustainability projects aimed at further

enhancing the countryside around the

company: at the Pelgrimshof estate,

woods have been planted in the form

of the L in the Leolux logo; and a Leolux

footpath has been laid out along the

banks of the Maas. Opening mid-2012.

The woods and the footpath are open

to walkers.

You’ll find more information on the Leolux


Design for a good cause

Surprising ideas sometimes culminate in

unexpected successes. Take Pallone for

example: designed in 1989 for the House

of the Future, the model seemed so original

that it freed itself from its context

and became a Leolux classic under its

own power. At the moment Leolux is

working on two new designs that, just

like Pallone at that time, were selected

for another purpose. Perhaps their original

starting point will lead to new surprises.

Design for a good cause

When the preparations began in 2011

for the centenary of the Dutch Association

of Furniture Manufacturers (CBM),

a decision was quickly taken to support

a good cause. Just like Leolux, the association

believes that an anniversary

offers opportunities to do something

for others and it chose Energy4All, an organisation

that collects money for children

with a metabolism disorder. They

decided to stage a design competition

among students. That is delivering a

large number of designs for junior loungers,

furniture for children, which will be

auctioned off at the end of 2012. Leolux

is working on two of those designs.

“Bolea” by Riccardo Belli is an item of

furniture to play, sit or lounge on and

appeals at once to the needs of children.

With its spoon-like shape, the design offers

a cocoon for sick children or their

housemates. The prototype of this organic

design was sculpted traditionally in

foam. A unique piece of furniture that is

so special due to its powerful shape that

Leolux has decided to look at whether

there is a place for Bolea in the regular

collection. Riccardo Belli (1992) is studying

design in Maastricht.

The second design is from a duo studying

design in Aachen. Marco Preussener

(1988) and Bertil Brahm (1986) created

four different animal friends: a red panda

Momo, the bear Bruno, the fox Volpi

and the sloth Dipo. All four of them can

serve as a bean-bag, cosy blanket or

fancy-dress costume, so children can let

their phantasy run wild.

Leolux is convinced that the key to a lovelier

world is in unselfish initiatives with

a smile. The collaboration with young

designers in that context offers space

for unbounded creativity.

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The dinner table is a place to gather: for a fine meal, a good conversation, to carry on working

or just to get together. A comfortable armchair reinforces the feeling of wellbeing that turns

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Your own

light footed


Spring Butterfly

Spring Dancer

Spring Orchid wood

spring • Design: Cuno Frommherz, 2010

The transparent frame, the upholstery options for the seat: Spring from Leolux is at home in even the most minimalist rooms.

The range of versions and covering variants permit any individual choice. The integrated handle on the back makes Spring easy

to move around. It made Spring the favourite of award juries and, even more important, an absolute crowd-puller in the Leolux

dining room collection.

Dining room chair available in three variants: without arms, with armrests (wood and upholstered) or as bucket seat. Frame: chrome. Options Satin Chrome, epoxy

or lacquer. Crowned with reddot design award 2010 and Good Industrial Design 2010. www.leolux.com/spring. More info p. 221.

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The spot where function and

beauty converge

strabo • Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2012

Table Strabo with chair Spring

The loveliest dining tables are not always all that practical in

use. Not so with the extendable Strabo table. By combining

technical solutions with an ultra-light look, Leolux is more

than living up to its reputation as a builder of bridges between

function and beauty. The load-bearing elements have been

worked in so far under the leaf that they are practically invisible.

You see only the leaf and the legs. The extend function is

performed by a high-quality mechanism to ensure really light

operation. The slide-out function is equipped with a highquality

mechanism that provides for effortless operation. Leolux

provided Strabo with a broad choice of fine materials for

the top leaf, so you can let your phantasy run free in choosing

its ultimate appearance.

Dining table with choice of four lengths (160, 180, 200, 220 cm) and two heights

(75 or 76 cm). www.leolux.com/strabo More info p. 221.

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Legacy from the past

freyr • Design: Erik Munnikhof, 2003

A new technology, about a century ago: frames. They formed

the basis for an entirely new type of furniture. With frames

made of one piece of bent tube, and an intrinsic level of comfort

derived directly from the properties of the material. This

“freischwinger” brought forth a revolution in furniture design.

It was industrial yet comfortable. Freyr gave this type of dining

room chair a completely modern context and contemporary

comfort. Anything can be improved on. So the sprung frame

remains the starting point for Freyr, but the finish is tailored to

the needs of today.

(Dining room) chair with or without armrests. Armrests are covered in leather or

Alcantara, or finished in European oak, American walnut, cherry or lacquer. The

floor glides are fitted with felt for smoother surfaces. The frame is available in

lacquer or (Satin) Chrome. www.leolux.com/freyr. More info p. 215.

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The capacity to change

cameleon • Design: Norbert Beck, 2010

Unparalleled versatility. Cameleon offers precisely what you

expect of a table of that name: it takes on the form that best

fits its environment. Besides the dimensions, you define the

material of the leaf and then the finishing of the legs. That

creates a table that fits perfectly into its surroundings. Like a


Dining table in the dimensions: 180, 200, 220, 240 x 100 cm. Table can be styled

either as classic or very modern. Leaf: various materials and colours possible.

Option: satin glass, HPL, lacquer and wood veneer. Frame available in stainless

steel, epoxy and lacquer. On the inside and/or outside, frame can be fitted with

foot caps (available in wood, HPL, lacquer or covered).

www.leolux.com/cameleon. More info p. 212.

leaf 8 mm

leaf 33 mm

feet caps

no feet caps feet caps inside no feet caps


Table Cameleon with chair Pyrite

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Faceted chairs

pyrite • Design: Norbert Beck, 2010

Its distinctive facets make the Pyrite dining chair characteristic

without being intrusive. These chairs are light, so easy to push.

The relatively small bucket forms a comfortable spot with an

active seat for many hours of enjoying dinner or entertaining


Available in four different frames: oak (palo) or metal with plastic foot caps

(fino), castors (twist) or sleds (outline). www.leolux.com/pyrite More info p. 220

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Fine dining

indus • Design: A Design Studio, 2011

Indus is a spacious oval dining table for splendidly luxuriant

dining with family or friends. Oval in shape, but without the

limitations that entails. To give you all the space you need as

head of the table, the leaf is flattened off at the head side. So

each place at the table becomes a preferred spot. The major

bevelling on the underside of the leaf also gives the impression

that the leaf is thin and that it almost “hovers”.

That gives fine dining a really inviting face.

Dining table in the sizes 220 x 127, 240 x 127 and 260 x 127 cm. In oak or walnut,

oiled or stained. www.leolux.com/indus. More info p. 216.

lirio • Design: Frans Schrofer, 2011

Lirio invites and delights through her gracious lines and high

level of comfort. The high back, the softly curving arms and

compact dimensions ensure you’ll never gladly leave this cocoon

of a chair. Those are rare features that Leolux has been

able to incorporate in the design in an inspired fashion.

Dining room chair available on castors or feet. As a mini-armchair can also be

used in a seating group. www.leolux.com/lirio. More info p. 217.

Table Indus with chair Lirio.

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with age

vivre largo • Design: Minimal Design, 2002/2010

A solid wood table lives with you; over the course of the years

it shows signs of use and that lends it extra character. The refined

finishing with an aluminium strip makes the robust Vivre

Largo a joy to behold. Equipped with high-quality technology

to make sure the feet of this table stay where they belong – at

the four corners - even after being extended. Given that inlay

leaves see the light of day less often, they are lacquered

as standard in a darker colour on Vivre. Solid wood inlay leaves

are, though, an option to lend your table extra cachet. In

whatever dimensions, that makes your Vivre Largo a perfect


Tafel Vivre Largo met fauteuils Lirio.

(Extendable) dining table in walnut, oak or cherry. The extendable leaf of Vivre

Largo can be enlarged by 52 or 2x52 cm without the table sacrificing stability.

Table height 75 or 76 cm. www.leolux.com/vivre. More info p. 223.

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Superb comfort on a

scintillating base

natello • .Design: Daniel Figueroa, 2006

The sheer richness of Natello strikes the eye at once. The frame

in polished aluminium is a real jewel and at the same time provides

for pleasantly sprung comfort. The ergonomic qualities

of the softly upholstered seat and armrests enhance that comfort

still more.

With Natello the developers made optimum use of the technical

properties of the material. Casting the entire sub-frame in

one piece creates a strong yet flexible sub-frame completely

unmarred by weld points. This creates a chair of unprecedented

class, to make those after-dinner conversations a lovely way

to pass the time.

Feet are fitted as standard with foot caps Small, including felt. Option (at no

extra charge): Foot cap Large (plastic incl. felt). The frame is available in polished

aluminium. Dining room chair with or without armrests. Armrests can be

covered in leather or Alcantara. www.leolux.com/natello. More info p. 218.

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The four feet

stay at

the corners

even after


izaki • Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2004

A roomy table with lovely details in aluminium, with attractive

technical solutions and an important practical function:

on extendable tables the legs often wind up at inconvenient

places, but Izaki lets the legs extend with it so they remain at

the corners. Such clever solutions make life more pleasant!

Extendable dining table. Available in walnut, or lacquer. Leolux strives to make

the grain of veneered inlay leaves run through as nicely as possible, but completely

perfect is not feasible in practice. www.leolux.com/izaki.

More info p. 216.

talos • Design: Scooter & Partners, 2006

Really fine dining places strict demands on a dining room

chair. On dimensions and proportions, on softness and materials.

The stylish Talos is unbending in that field of tension. Finished

with a straight chrome frame and modest dimensions

to look good even at smaller dining tables. With a seat that

invites you to spend hours of fine dining. In all its simplicity, a

fantastic choice!

Tafel Izaki met fauteuils Talos.

Arms are covered in leather, Alcantara or with wooden armrests in lacquer, oak

or American walnut. The frame is chrome-plated as standard. Option: Satin

Chrome. Glides can be supplied with felt for smoother surfaces.

www.leolux.com/talos. More info p. 222.

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The leaf

hides a secret

calbuco • Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2005

You can enlarge this oval Leolux table by simply sliding the

leaves apart. The extension leaves are located in the compartment

beneath the top leaf. You press on them, the leaves

emerge and you fold them out. That’s it. Calbuco stands on

a foot of epoxied aluminium and a column in veneer or lacquer.

At its lowest point (the storage compartment) Calbuco

is 67 cm high, so most dining chairs can be pushed up to it


Dining table in the dimensions 150 (210) x 125 cm. Available in walnut, oak or

lacquer. www.leolux.com/calbuco. More info p. 212.

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Made with love for

luxuriant dining

niobe • .Design: Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2009

Whether round, oblong or oval, the Niobe table program offers

any shape in lacquer, solid oak or solid walnut (in oil or

matt lacquer). The aluminium feet and the striking squared

finish of the solid table leaf endow Niobe with a modern and

solid appearance. Complete, lovely and inviting. Your dining

room table needs nothing more.

Dining room table with choice of different shapes, straight-oval (210x105 en

240x110), rectangular (180x100, 200x100, 220x100, 240x100), round (ø 130). Table

leaves are available in solid oak, solid American walnut or lacquered (plain

MDF). www.leolux.com/niobe. More info pagina 218

quantissimo • .Design: Frans Schrofer, 2000

Quant, the smallest unit in physics, was the inspiration for this

extremely compact little dining room chair. Quantissimo is

light, easy to move around and adjustable in height for bigger

or smaller users. Available with a high or low back and with

feet or castors. It meets all the conditions for luxuriant afterdinner

sessions. Perfected with passion for form and performance.

Programme: Dining chair with choices in back height, feet, castors and covering.

www.leolux.com/quantissimo. More info p. 220.

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Furnishing is a question of


“There is no such thing as

the perfect interior”

‘Of course you can give all sorts of useful tips about furnishing:

don’t let yourself be dictated to and follow your own taste.’ This

is the core of a conversation with Leolux stylist

Suzanne van Pinxteren.

You know your own style best. But how

do you define your ideal interior? Reading

lifestyle magazines and websites,

watching TV programs about home

furnishings and visiting furniture stores

and Leolux Design Centers can help you

in excellent fashion there. ‘Look around

you: restaurants, public buildings, film

decors, advertising hoardings. They offer

an awful lot of inspiration,’ says Suzanne.

‘And that’s how I see them too, as

a source of inspiration. But if you build

a replica of such a model living room at

home, it will be much too impersonal.

Personal taste is so important. What do

you find lovely, in what sofa do you feel

good? But you need to take plenty of

time for it, look around properly and get

extensive advice.’

Where do you start when buying new


‘Usually you don’t go looking for an

entirely new interior. You’re searching

for a new lounge suite, an armchair, or

new dining-room chairs and they have

to blend into the existing arrangement:

whether modern, classic or rural. The

style is seldom a problem. Colours are

the biggest difficulty. I always advise

people to first search for samples for

the curtains, the colour of the walls, the

upholstery fabric or carpets. Take photographs

of the existing interior and cut

out illustrations of your favourite interiors

from magazines. If you make a collage

out of these, a colour scheme will

emerge of its own accord.’

What should you watch for when making

a colour choice?

‘In order to make a colour choice that

blends with the existing interior, you

should take the samples you have collected

to the home furnisher or the Leolux-Design-Center.

Defining the loveliest combination of

colours is an entirely personal process,

but an interiors specialist can help with

his or her experience. Colours in the

interior need to be dosed to achieve a

balance in the whole. Vivid colours radiate

energy; they surprise but can also

quickly dominate. Some guidelines: use

lighter colours in a darker room, and

the other way round. In addition, watch

out with trends! They are valid only for

a year. It’s better to replace the accessories

a little more often.’

‘If people choose Leolux, then they still

have a choice of dozens of models.’

‘Yes, that seems difficult, however, it’s

not that bad. If you leaf through the annual,

certain models will appeal more to

you that others. Everyone has their own

favourites. Try those out – take a seat in

them. Visit one of the Design-Centers

for example because an important part

of the current collection is there, often in

different variants. There is no such thing

as an ideal piece of furniture, but there

is an ideal piece of furniture for you. So

we always advise people to sit down and

try it for a while. And be critical: does the

seat depth support your whole body?

Is the seat not so high that it blocks the

blood circulation in the upper legs? Or

so low that you have problems standing

up? Good ergonomics in a furniture design

are extremely important.

Avoiding a piece of furniture that

doesn’t fit!

‘At this stage the choice has almost been

made, however, it is important not to

make a hasty decision. Take especially

your time in deciding where the new acquisitions

will be placed. That prevents

annoying surprises. And remember: In

the store, furniture always looks smaller.

If you’re in doubt about the dimensions,

cut out the contours at full size from a

newspaper or make a layout to scale of

your living room. Draw in the windows,

power sockets and the doors with their

opening direction. If you then cut out

the furniture of your choice to the same

scale, you can position it at the best place

in the layout. You’ll find the dimensions

of all Leolux furniture in this Annual

and on the Leolux site. If you prefer to

trust in a 3D drawing, then simply make

an appointment at one of the Leolux

Design Centers, or draw your new living

room in 3D yourself on the Leolux website.’

Can you give any more guidance?

’You don’t buy a new sofa or armchair

every year. So it’s also important that

your new furniture is perfect and fits

completely in your interior. There is no

such thing as the perfect interior. That is

different for everyone. There is only one

rule when furnishing your home: you

must feel good in it. Follow your feelings

when furnishing it. And create calm. Too

many points of attention and accessories

can quickly create a sense of chaos.

Go for one strong piece of furniture

rather that several small(er) elements.

Think about colour, existing furniture

and the size of the room, but also the dimensions

of your new furniture.’

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Leolux makes sitting a pleasure. Footstools and lounge tables are part of that. After all, sitting

comfortably requires flexibility in how you use the space you have. Sometimes you may want to pull

a footstool over as a place to rest your legs or as an extra seat. A lounge table offers space for that

cup of coffee, or you find a more flexible solution with the help of a side table. Leolux offers practical

solutions: often really clever, always beautiful.

extra space

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arilo • .Design: Busk & Hertzog, 2011

With Barilo, Leolux is adding a Danish influence to its collection.

With a lacquered top leaf, Barilo functions as a side table.

With a covered top leaf it reveals itself as an extra seat. And if

you lift the top leaf, you’ll discover a secret padded storage

space. Austere and timeless: a functional solution for a flexible

footstool/side table.

Feet aluminium, polished. Option (against surcharge): epoxy and lacquer.

www.leolux.com/barilo More info p. 211.

liliom • Design: Norbert Beck, 2010

These organically shaped little tables are available in different

forms and in three heights. So you choose your own combination

of tables that you can slide over one another if you

need to save space for a tidied-up look. And to bring an extra

natural accent into your interior, the leaf-shaped table tops of

Liliom are finished in solid wood in lacquer or leather to match

your seating.

Available as triangular or rectangular, Small and XL version in three heights (35,

40 of 45 cm). The triangular and rectangular versions are finished in solid oak,

walnut, lacquer or leather. Small and XL only in finished in solid oak, walnut or

lacquer. Feet are chrome-plated and optionally available in epoxy, lacquer or

Satin Chrome. www.leolux.com/liliom More info p. 217.

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GOZO • .Design: Kai Stania, 2011

Gozo is a perfect example of organic oriental design: fluid,

curving and soft. A series of lounge tables in three different

heights, with two different diameters. The leaf is lacquered

and underneath it the table is provided with a soft filling. You

adapt the covering to your interior. You choose one or two colours,

whereby the strips alternate.

Available as lounge table in 3 different heights, combined with 2 different diameters.

www.leolux.com/gozo. More info p. 215.

piatra • .Design: Norbert Beck, 2010

This boulder-shaped footstool offers a playful resting point in

your home. With the striking stitching, you give Piatra a face of

its own, which is reinforced if you choose contrasting surfaces,

piping or garn colours. So every Piatra is different, just as no

two stones are identical in nature. The topside, underside and

the piping can be chosen separately, The piping is available

only in leather or Alcantara.

Crowned with Good Design Award 2010. www.leolux.com/piatra.

More info p. 219.

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cimber • .Design: Frans Schrofer, 2012

Four “hairclips” folded open and mounted crosswise under a

rectangular table leaf. Cimber comes in three leg heights geared

to the proportions of the leaf. That makes it possible to

combine these tables with one another and partly slide them

over each other.

Available in various leaf options: lacquered, solid oak (oil, option stain), solid

walnut (oil, option stain). Frame in chrome (option epoxy or lacquer).

www.leolux.com/cimber. More info p. 212.

aditi • .Design: Minimal Design, 2002

Lounge table Aditi is available in a square and a rectangular

variant. Aditi is finished in lacquer or solid wood (oak, cherry

or American walnut), oiled or lacquered. The oak variant can

also be stained. Under the table is a glass shelf where you can

simply place magazines or a remote control out of sight. The

sled is finished in brushed stainless steel.

www.leolux.com/aditi More info p. 210.

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tam tam/bongo • Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 1995

A humoristic mini-table with a removable leaf. Under it is a

concealed storage space, for example for small toys or the remote

control. The leaf is lacquered in all Leolux colours and

(Metallic) Brush. The legs are finished in polished aluminium.

Also available as the storage footstool Bongo in two variants:

“one-eye”, with a button in the middle of the seat, and “smile”

with two buttons that together with the covering contours

form a smiling little face.

www.leolux.com/tamtam More info p. 222.

blocco • .Design: Scooter & Partners, 2004

This tapering, square lounge table is made up of three sections.

You can swivel the top two sections in any direction at will

to bring the table leaf closer by. Under Blocco Swivel you’ll find

storage compartments for small things like magazines and

your remote control. You can choose a colour for each section.

Blocco Swivel has been weighted down to avoid tipping.

www.leolux.com/blocco More info p. 211.

tablet • .Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2000

This Leolux lounge table consists of two halves that slide apart

to reveal a concealed storage compartment. Tablet is available

in lacquer, walnut, oak and cherry and offers three contemporary

frames: the “Elegance” legs, the square tubular frame “Cubic”

(stainless steel) and the “Trineo” sled (stainless steel). The

storage compartment and the “Elegance” legs are finished in


www.leolux.com/tablet More info p. 222.

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sisu • .Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2012

Neat & tidy: that certainly applies to this Sisu from Leolux.

Spaces have been spared under the lounge table where the

matching footstool and an upholstered occasional table (options)

find room when you don’t need them. A useful function,

which Hugo de Ruiter coupled with a basically straight shape.

In the finishing, the horizontal divisions offer subtle opportunities

for contrasting or tone-in-tone colour combinations.

You see those divisions in the occasional table too, which like

the footstool can be supplied on wheels or with the aluminium

feet of the table. Clever and tidy, this Sisu lounge table

from Leolux.

www.leolux.com/sisu More info p. 221.

salus • .Design: Axel Enthoven, 2012

From austere lacquer to rich oak or precious walnut. The Salus

lounge table from Axel Enthoven fits effortlessly into your interior,

however contemporary. With fantastic design details:

the choice of a solid wood or aluminium frame, its sumptuous

design and the matter-of-course manner in which they become

part of the top leaf. That is the power of Leolux to transform

such external features into precious jewels.

www.leolux.com/salus More info p. 220.

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Leolux seat


May we introduce you to seat extensions from Leolux? You

could also call them Leolux comfort extensions. A Leolux

footstool instantly conjures up the ideal lounger. And what do

you think about some extra space where you can temporarily

lay down your books and magazines? They’re easily within reach

anytime you wish. Oh yes, we almost forgot ... our footstools

naturally provide an extra seat, but you already knew that,

of course.

More info from p. 210


vol de Rêve

antonia royale


bongo - smile


horatio fiji

tam tam

bella bora marabeau


ponton mayon fidamigo






bongo - one eye


faya lobi

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Facts and backgrounds

Leather and fabric, as well as wood, lacquers and decorative rugs, are important

ingredients in the Leolux collection. They determine the overall

picture of your interior, the smell, the warmth and the colour. You will

live and grow together for many years. That also applies, of course, to our

beautiful collection of fabrics and leathers, and certainly for wood, which

is a pure emotional product. The decorative rugs and lacquers enable you

to finish off your living room to perfection. You choose your own colours,

so that all the decorative objects in your living room, furniture and rugs,

are in perfect harmony.

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The charm of real leather

Real leather is a natural product that lives with its owner. Just

like a pair of shoes or a wallet that takes on the form of its owner

over time and to which you become ever more attached.

The same applies to the leather on your

furniture too. The leather of your furniture

attracts a patina, maybe a scratch

here and there and it will display a little

wrinkling; it has lived, lived with you.

That is the charm of nature, the charm of

real leather.

Leolux leather

There is a multitude of leather qualities

in the world and not all are good. As a

result, the origin of furniture leather is

often unclear and it is not always evident

what you can expect from it. At Leolux,

however, we are very clear: Leolux

selects only the very best cow hides for

its furniture. Hides of a lesser quality are

not accepted, so when choosing Leolux

leather, you are always choosing a reliable


Now take our basic leather: beautiful

cowhide, strong and user-friendly,

which you can use for virtually anything.

Do you also have a taste for beautiful

things? Then Leolux has a beautiful selection

of luxurious leathers. They require

a little extra attention, just as an

expensive port or crystal glass does, but

then you also get a lot more back. The

best of two worlds? That’s possible too,

because the top quality leathers Arkadia

and Bimardo are, despite their rich appearance,

smooth to touch, in a beautiful

palette of colours and user-friendly,

even though a little careful treatment is,

of course, recommended.

How do you recognize Leolux


The Leolux leather collection is made

up of ten grades of leather divided into

three groups: the basic leather, the luxury

leathers and the characteristic leather

varieties. But how is this collection put

together and how does Leolux select

the suppliers of its hides? Leolux wants

to offer different varieties of leather,

so that you can ultimately choose the

leather covering that fi ts best with your

lifestyle and the image you are seeking.

In production of our leather we place

strict demands on our suppliers: the

quality must, of course, be very high, but

also entirely constant; we demand optimum

monitoring of the tanning process

and we set high standards for environmental

protection. Before we start working

together with a new supplier, we first

of all check whether that tannery can

meet our strict requirements. Can they

always deliver on time, for example, do

they have enough know-how in-house

and do they possess enough innovative

capacity? Afterwards we create a “custom

made” leather collection with such

a producer, because in order to get the

finest grades of leather with a constant

high quality you need to be sure of the

origin of the cattle, how the animals

were cared for, selection of the right

weight classes and the choice of male or

female animal. But these are only a few

of the factors that play a role. Managing

the details is essential in putting together

a top collection that meets the high

demands that Leolux sets.

Lovely leather and a lovelier world

Leolux intends to work with the loveliest

ingredients produced in an environmentally

friendly manner. These ‘green’

products are bought in from a small and

trusted group of suppliers who share the

Leolux ambition to make the world a little

lovelier every day. Here we pay a lot

of attention to the most important base

materials, and in particular our leather.

A good example: Dani

One of the key suppliers of this highquality

covering material is the leather

specialist Dani, like Leolux a family

company founded in 1950 in the beautiful

north of Italy. As a global player in

leather for the consumer and automotive

market, the company sets itself

strict standards when it comes to producing

leather of the very highest quality.

Innovation and certification are fully

embedded in the corporate philosophy

and are explained in their environmental

reporting. At this very moment, the

Italian leather tanner is working on various

green projects, among them on processes

to tan the hides chromium-free

and depilate them without sulphides.

Such projects are a major step towards

producing greener leather.

The leather from Dani is thoroughly certified,

among others with the famous

German eco-labels “Der blaue Engel”

and “Golden M”. With such efforts, partners

like our supplier Dani are the guarantee

for a reliable origin of the Leolux


Wrinkling is unavoidable on Leolux products

because of the design and the level of

comfort chosen. That specific comfort level

means that some. Leolux products lose

their initially taut appearance over time

and increasingly show the wrinkles and

signs of use that are normal for a natural

product. Apart from that, bigger surfaces

will exhibit some wrinkling after a while,

which will show your guests that your Leolux

furniture is a joy to live with.

Clean production checks

Leolux buys its leather from suppliers

that meet the requirements of the ecolabel

“Der Blaue Engel”. By doing so we

can deliver a relevant contribution to

a safer and cleaner world. This is once

again a step on the path to the maximum

achievable: products that place a

minimum burden on the environment.

For all producers of Leolux leather, the

rule is that they must be REACH-proof.

REACH stands for “Registration, Evaluation,

Authorisation and Restriction of

Chemicals”. This European regulation

requires suppliers of chemical products

(for example for tanning and finishing

of leather) to establish with ECHA, the

European Chemicals Agency in Finland,

what ingredients they contain. The

leather producers Leolux works together

with use only such registered products,

so what substances are used in the

production of our leather is completely


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Producing Leolux leather

Leolux leather is produced from hides of cattle primarily kept for meat

production. It has grown; a natural product with its own characteristics

and nuances. The leather undergoes a specific production process to

provide your Leolux furniture with the most supple and lovely leather


Basically, production of leather is the

same at every tannery. The process we

describe below varies only in the (sometimes

very important) details.

The purchase of untreated hides. After

the cow has been slaughtered, the skin is

cleansed of all perishable remnants and

put into cold storage. In this manner the

skins are preserved until they are transported

and sold. The hides are traded

at auctions where the price is subject to

the fluctuations in supply and demand.

This method of trading regularly causes

speculation, bringing about price fluctuations

and supply stagnation. The tanner

buys the leather in batches of several

hundred hides and can choose from a

variety of quality categories. The better

the quality, the higher the price of the

leather. The quality category determines

the price of the leather. This is the reason

why the prices of leather furniture vary

so much.

Depilating the rough hides

A cowhide is completely covered in hair

on the outside. Given that the fur side

will be the top side of furniture leather,

that side needs to be carefully depilated.

The hair is soaked off with a chemical solution

and rinsed away. After this treatment

the leather is completely smooth

and white.

Cleaning the underside of the hide

Residues of flesh, fat and muscle etc. are

found on the underside of the hide. A

scraping machine removes these.

Splitting the leather

A normal cowhide is 4-6 mm thick. To

arrive at the desired thickness for furniture

leather, the hide is split, generally

into two or three parts. The minimum

thickness for furniture leather from the

top hide must be 0.9 mm. Leolux plays

safe and never works with leather thinner

than 1 mm. The bottom layer, the

so-called split leather, is used in lining

leather and working gloves.

Leather tanning

In order to make it durable, leather is

tanned. There exist different processes

for this, referred to in terms of chrome

tanning and vegetable tanning. Chrome

tanning is the more generally applied

procedure, during which the hides are

made durable by the integration of preservatives.

Intermediate checking

Interim checks After the tanning, every

hide is taken to hand, inspected and divided

into quality classes. Leolux buys

only first-class leather qualities, which

comes down to at most 50% of European

quality hides. The hide meets all

quality requirements, but the top hide

has sometimes been damaged so badly

during the animal’s life that the consumer

would not accept a purely natural

leather displaying so many signs of its


The aniline dye treatment

Leather in all quality classes is coloured

using aniline dyes. This takes place

in huge tanks that work like a washing

machine. The dye ingredients penetrate

deep into the hide to produce leather

dyed through and through. The total

process of dyeing takes about eight


Drying and milling the hides

Drying hardens the hides. In order to

make them supple again they are milled.

Milling is the mechanical “kneading” of


Final check before finishing

Every hide goes through yet another

final check for flaws before being finished.

Leather is selected according to

quality, each with its own specific finish.

Leolux makes a distinction between basic,

luxury and individual leathers. Read

more about them in the chapter on various

leather qualities.

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About the application of leather

Leather is primarily cut with the help of computers, but the principle is the

same as the cutting by hand performed for decades by experienced Leolux


Small scars, scratches, insect bites and a

difference in pore density create different

nuances in the leather. These natural

distinguishing marks also create different

nuances in the colour. The refraction

of light is influenced by the hide structure,

which differs with every piece of


Processing a natural product like this demands

great craftsmanship and insight

in order to arrive at an optimum result.

The actual cutting already happens

largely with the help of the computer.

Each hide has only a limited amount of

pieces which are suitable for the larger

and more visible parts of the furniture.

When cutting the leather, choices have

to be constantly made and in order to

simplify these choices and make them

more manageable, Leolux has implemented

three categories of cutting patterns,

each distinguishable by colour.

The categories are as follows:

A-part, colour red

reserved for the most visually prominent

parts of the furniture:

- front side of backrest

- upper side of arms

- upper side of seat

B-part, colour orange

reserved for the remaining less visually

prominent parts of the furniture:

- rear side of backrest

- sides of arms

- front side seat

C-part, colour green

reserved for those parts of the furniture

which are more or less

out of sight:

- insertions

- lower side of cushions

- inner backrest etc.

With these categories, the leather cutter

can see where each piece of leather

will be used in a piece of furniture. The

leather cutter follows the following procedure

for cutting leather:

1. First he visually checks the hide and

marks the obvious flaws, such as unhealed

scratches, thin patches and


2. Then he cuts the A-parts. For these

pieces he selects the best sections

of the hide, avoiding scars and other

irregularities. Locating the A-parts

takes time and effort, as a really even

piece of leather does not exist!

3. Now the B-parts are selected. The

leather cutter chooses sound pieces

of leather, but properly healed scars,

coarser grain and more open pores

are acceptable in a natural product

such as leather, and may be processed

in B-parts, which tend to seem all the

more genuine for these distinguishing

marks. The B-parts are generally used

in the vertical parts of the furniture,

on the outside, so that the selection

between the A- and B-parts has an

optimal effect and arbitrary processing

of the leather parts is avoided.

4. The rest of the hide is used by the

craftsman for the small C-parts. For

Leolux furniture all sections are cut

from leather, with optimum use being

made of the possibilities offered by

the hide. The most beautiful pieces

of leather are used in the most visually

prominent parts of the furniture and

are not arbitrarily distributed. Leolux

is convinced that the most beautiful

result is attained with this disciplined

production method: a genuine Leolux






Caring for Leolux leather

Leather is a natural product and the right care is very important. Exposed

leather qualities appreciate regular maintenance. With buckskin

varieties the rules are different. We recommend the Leolux care products

for maintenance. Which product is most suitable depends on the

type of leather on your furniture. You’ll find the right cleaner for your

covering in the table later in this book and on the Leolux website.

Important tips for leather

• Wipe your furniture (except buckskin

and pure aniline leathers) every day

if possible with a moist cotton cloth

to remove dust particles. With that

you are also removing skin fats that

adhere to head and armrests and that

can attack the leather over time. For

that purpose Leolux also offers the

safe Leolux Water, which needs to be

sprayed onto a cotton cloth and then

applied to the furniture. Leolux Water

is available from your Leolux dealer.

• Wipe up spilt liquids immediately

using a cotton cloth so moisture has

no chance to penetrate the leather.

• Never place leather furniture in direct

sunlight. The leather may dry out or


• Never place your leather furniture too

close to a stove, fi replace or radiator.

The leather may dry out in places and

shrink, which can cause cracks. The

wooden frame may also twist or crack.

• Provide for the right level of humidity

(50-60%). As a natural product, leather

then feels most at home.

Periodic maintenance

Leolux care products keep the leather

supple and nourish it. The standard

Ecocare and Anilinecare products are

transparent. Ecocare is also available in

colour. The colours are matched to the

Leolux leather collection. In most cases,

use of the transparent product suffi ces.

We recommend a coloured product if (a

part of) your furniture has discoloured

through excessive sunlight or is showing

signs of use. The treatment is simple:

apply a few drops to a cotton cloth and

rub in. Allow to dry for a short while and

then rub out using a dry cotton cloth.

Caution: never press or rub too hard

because that can cause unnecessary

wear on the leather. Test the product

for the first time at an inconspicuous

spot. Your care kit is available from your

Leolux dealer, in the Leolux Design

Center and via


Caring for buckskin leather (Suave)

We recommend a little restraint when it

comes to caring for this type of leather.

One cleaning session a year or every

two years is normally enough. A special

cleaning agent for buckskin leather is

available from your Leolux dealer, the

Leolux Design Center or


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Leolux leather table

Basic leather


Luxurious leather


Luxurious leather


Luxurious leather


Characteristics / Description

• 1,1-1,3 mm thick

• Smooth lacquer leather

Characteristics / Description

• 1,4-1,7 mm thick

• Leather with a smooth grain and

a shrink effect

Characteristics / Description

• 1,2-1,4 mm

• Fine patent leather with a smooth structure

Characteristics / Description

• 1,9-2,1 mm thick

• Rough structure difference together with sturdy thickness

This sturdy leather requires very little care. It feels less

supple and appears a bit stiff, certainly at first. This leather

quality is a question of personal preference, budget and

user circumstances. With Wapiti leather you choose for

dependability under intense use.


Cool, tough, with a smooth feel.

Type of use

Intensive use, suitable for a busy family life.


Leolux Water / Ecocleaner + Ecocare

(available in colour).

The special character of Senso leather is due to its thickness.

The unusual structure on the surface of this heavy leather is

caused by a shrinking effect during the drying process.


Leather with “body”.

Type of use

Normal to intensive use.


Leolux Water / Ecocleaner + Ecocare

(available in colour).

This quality leather stems from young bulls on European

soil. The skins are processed using the latest know-how and

tanning techniques into a highly exclusive type of leather

with a smooth surface free of grain. Bimardo has a natural

grip which lends the leather an exceptionally soft and warm

feel. The beautiful look, the splendid touch and the carefully

selected colours underline the luxury feeling this leather

exudes. With discreet colours and produced with love for

the craft, Bimardo is a brilliant choice for the leather aficionado.


Natural, soft and warm.

Type of use

Normal to intensive use.


Leolux Water / Ecocleaner + Ecocare

(available in colour).

This mid-European leather is a true speciality in the Leolux

collection. The hide is approximately 2 mm thick (almost

twice as thick as “normal” leather). This leather accentuates

the craftsmanship of furniture made to order. Arkadia leather

is soft and supple as only a real hide, real leather, feels.

The durability of leathers in this class is legendary.


Sporty and thick

leather with allure.

Type of use

Normal to intensive use.


Leolux Water / Ecocleaner + Ecocare

(available in colour).

Individual leather


Individual leather


Individual leather

Dutch Patina

Individual leather


Characteristics / Description

• 1,0-1,2 mm thick

• Pure nature, destined for the real leather connoisseur

Zerlina is made from the very best of cow hides and coloured

with minerals, the most environment-friendly method meeting

today’s ecological standards. The leather is not sealed so

that it can “breathe”; a thin protective layer protects it from

the worst effects of dirt and moisture, whilst enabling it to

retain its natural characteristics. The irregularities and colour

differences, even within a hide, form the “certificate of

authenticity” of this beautiful natural leather. Over the years

and through use it gets a patina. This means that the Zerlina

grows even more beautiful as the years go by.


Beautifully soft leather. Increased seating


Characteristics / Description

• 2mm – 2.2 mm thick

• Semi-aniline “transparent” with silky-smooth grip

With the robust Bronto, Leolux has struck the perfect balance

between user-friendliness, aesthetics and emotive value.

The super-thin protective layer means that this leather

variety should in theory be classified amongst the semianilines,

but given its aniline look that actually does Bronto

too little justice. The silky-smooth grip, the thickness and

the naturally alternating grain pattern lend this leather the

emotion that only the loveliest leather qualities can offer.

Maintaining authenticity was the point of departure in its

development, whereby the natural attributes of the leather

should be kept. That makes Bronto the loveliest choice for

lovers of authentic leather.


Robust, pure nature

Characteristics / Description

• 1.0-1.2 mm thick.

• Silky-soft leather with a soft, mother-ofpearl


While finishing this exclusive Leolux leather, a softly glimmering

film with tiny metal parts is applied under the top

layer. This creates a leather with an extremely luxurious

appearance. The absolutely top choice for lovers of furniture

with an exclusive look.


Tactile, sumptuous and luxurious.

Type of use

Normal use.


Leolux Water / Ecocleaner + Ecocare.

Characteristics / description

• 1.4mm – 1.6mm

• Very soft buckskin with a “write-effect”

Temperamental buckskin with a lovely warm appearance.

Working this pure buckskin leather mechanically on the

grain side creates a write effect. This gives Suave a soft and

pleasant touch, making it one of the loveliest leather qualities

in the Leolux collection.


Smooth and warm grip

Type of use

Elegant use


Regularly roughen a little with a “reviving sponge”

Type of use

Normal use.

Type of use

Normal use


Leolux Water / Ecocleaner + Anilinecare.


Leolux Water / Ecocleaner + Aniline care

Wrinkling is unavoidable on Leolux products because of the design and

the level of comfort chosen.

Leolux has good experience with the care products recommended here,

but assumes no liability for application of them or for the advice of the


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About fabrics

Leolux is known for its furniture in leather. But even if you prefer

fabric, Leolux offers plenty of choice. Leolux, of course, carries

fabrics from reputable brands. The exclusive Leolux fabrics

are specially geared to the lacquer and leather colours in the

collection and offer clever combination options.

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Extensive options

Reputable brand fabrics form the basis

of the Leolux fabrics range. Manufacturers

such as Kvadrat, De Ploeg and Fanny

Aronsen supply woven fabrics that have

proven themselves on the market. From

their ranges, Leolux has selected the

best quality fabrics and chosen a contemporary

range of colours.

In addition, Leolux offers the “Calata”

fabrics. This collection comprises a wide

range of high-quality materials produced

exclusively for Leolux. Leolux is

closely involved in the selection of the

fabrics, so they fit seamlessly with the

other covering materials in terms of colour

and feel. So it’s easy for you to put

the loveliest combinations together, and

that helps you in the process of choosing

your furniture.

You’ll find a complete overview of the

fabrics collection at your Leolux dealer

or Leolux Design Center.

The seduction of fabrics

What material will you pick from the fantastic

warm fabrics in the Leolux collection;

a lovely ribbed fabric, or perhaps a

coarse-woven material? A fabric with a

pattern or a multicolour? Your own taste

plays an important role of course, but

the product properties can also be critical.

The base materials a covering fabric

is produced from define its characteristics

and what maintenance it needs.

So we’ll explain a little more about the

properties of the various base materials.


Woollen yarns are spun from the fleece

of sheep. When healthy sheep are shorn

and the fleece is not mixed with lesser

qualities, we are permitted to call it pure

wool. Pure wool is long fibred and durable.

It is resilient and therefore doesn’t

flatten easily when in use. The dirt-repellent

properties of wool, especially pure

wool, are common knowledge.

“Wool,” it is said, “doesn’t soil nearly as

quickly as cotton.” This is because the

wool fibre is protected by a natural layer

of wax: lanolin. This wax layer has a melting

point of 40°C. It is also damaged by

aggressive chemical cleaning agents.

Woollen fabrics must therefore be handled

with care.


This is also a natural fibre, but it is vegetable

in origin. Cotton yarns are spun

from the seed bolls of the cotton plant.

The fibres of these bolls are 15-50 mm

long. They have a natural tendency to

curl, which makes them easily blend together

during spinning, and the tensile

strength of the better qualities is excellent.

This is why the back of pile fabrics,

and the web of woollen fabrics, are often

made from cotton. Cotton fabrics have

a lower degree of colour-fastness than

woollen fabrics. They therefore need

more protection from direct sunlight.

Man-made fibres

Acrylic, polyester, viscose and other synthetic

fibres have great tensile strength.

They can easily be dyed in lovely colours

and achieve high levels of colour

fastness. Drawbacks are that they often

have a hard, metallic gloss, easily pick up

static electricity and that their capacity

to absorb moisture is low to very low.

For that reason synthetic fibres are almost

always mixed with cotton or wool.

Another practice is to mix a number of

man-made fibres such as viscose, polyester

or acrylic because their individual

properties, such as tensile strength,

durability, colourfastness, resistance to

soiling and moisture absorbency, can

vary considerably.


This is the collective name for upholstery

materials which are made of polyester

and polyether microfibres. The thin

fibres are over 200 times thinner than

woollen fibres and aren’t woven, as the

name “non-wovens” already indicates,

but bound together in an ingenious

chemical process. This process produces

an ultramodern product of extraordinary

softness and high light resistance.

Furthermore, these upholstery materials

are easy to clean.

When you choose fabrics from Leolux

you can be sure that those materials

meet very high demands in terms of

wear-resistance, colour fastness and fire


Quality fabrics

Just as there are norms for leather quality,

so there are norms for the quality

of upholstery fabrics, which provide insight

into the qualities of the material.

During its development, an upholstery

fabric is constantly tested to see whether

it will meet expectations. Two qualities

- durability and light-resistance - are

of the utmost importance in evaluating

a fabric.

Measuring light-resistance

The light-resistance degree of a fabric

is tested by means of UV-light from Xenon

lamps (synthetic daylight) and is

expressed in an International Standards

Organisation (NEN-ISO) norm.

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The fabric is exposed to the light for a

certain standard time. Then a colour

comparison is carried out with standard

colour samples on a scale of 1-8,

whereby 8 equals no discoloration and 1

equals high discoloration. The discoloration

due to light is unavoidable with fabrics,

so that an 8 is unattainable for the

furniture upholstery. A light-resistance

to a degree of 3-4 is generally accepted

as sufficient, but can deviate according

to colour. Not all shades can therefore

be realised.

Measuring wear-resistance

Durability is established by means of

the Martindale test, which consists of

testing how quickly plain woven fabrics

wear through and how quickly pile

fabrics become threadbare. The name

“Martindale” comes from the name of

the apparatus which carries out this internationally

recognised test. The results

are expressed in the number of revolutions

that are needed before a maximum

of three threads or less are broken off by

a plain weave, or if visible pile damage

occurs. Generally a fabric evaluated at

6,000 – 10,000 revolutions is suitable for

light duty, 10,000 – 20,000 for daily use.

From 20,000 revolutions a fabric is suitable

for heavy usage.

Extra convenience

A number of Calata fabrics from Leolux

are woven in the high-quality, userfriendly

and low-maintenance Trevira

CS. These fabrics satisfy the highest

international fire safety standards. The

yarns are produced in molecular form

to maintain their fire-retardant properties

for their entire lifetime. The fabrics

from Trevira CS offer a perfect balance

between comfort and safety.

Choosing a fabric

Leolux quality fabrics are always suitable

for normal use. Yet some patterns or

colours can only be achieved if a certain

technique or certain yarns are used. Luxuriousness,

refinement or pure reliability

create the subtle differences between

“good” and “better.” All Leolux fabrics

meet the stringent light resistance norm

of 3-4, and have a durability minimum

of 12,000 revolutions. On request, the

degree of light-resistance and durability

of the Leolux Calata patterns can be

explained by your dealer at the Leolux

Design Centers. If you desire absolute

certainty or if you opt for a heavy-usage

fabric, these statistics will guide your decision.

But remember that these are not

the only factors that define whether a

fabric will stay beautiful. Looping, for instance,

occurs faster in a coarse-woven

fabric, certainly if children or pets play

on the sofa.

Caring for Leolux fabrics

Leolux selects its fabrics with care, and

with the right care from you they will remain

lovely for years.


• Any fabric can discolour under the influence

of light. Brightly coloured and

dark fabrics suffer the most. For that

reason, try to avoid placing your furniture

in direct sunlight.

• Furniture fabrics with natural fibres,

and especially woollen fabrics, also

appreciate the right humidity (50-


• Do not let children play on your furniture

with their shoes on. Buckles and

heels can cause permanent damage

to the fabric.

• Do not let pets lie on your furniture or

scratch on the covering.


• Particles of dirt on coverings are practically

invisible but they will damage

the fabric. So vacuum clean your furniture

once a week with a duster. Always

use the right attachment.

• Care for your furniture from day one

with Leolux cleaning fluid. This removes

skin fats that collect on headrests

and armrests and attack the fabric

over time. See the packaging for

the correct cleaning intervals.


• Consult the stains guide or


• Remove elements sticking to the fabric

as far as possible using a spoon.

• Then soak a dishcloth in cold water,

wring it out, place on the stain and

leave to dry. Do not dab, rub or scrub.

Do not check to make sure it’s working;

this interrupts the absorption of

the liquid into the dishcloth.

• Let stubborn stains dry properly. Consult

the stains disc or call the James

Stains Line for expert advice: +31-


Quality woven fabrics


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‘Alcantara ® , Extraordinary Every Day’

Alcantara® is a unique covering material that enriches interiors

with a warm atmosphere and a touch of class. It stays lovely

through the years thanks to its functionality, versatile uses and

shine. The range of colours is broad and the tones remain vibrant,

full and clear. Alcantara, which is produced only in Italy,

is the best choice for those with a highly contemporary lifestyle

who cherish the products they live with every day. Apart

from that, it spares the environment: the entire production

process is carbon neutral and thus produces no CO 2



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Features of Alcantara

• Alcantara has high light-fastness (class 5-6)

• Alcantara is highly wear-resistant (150.000 end point Martindale cycles)

• Alcantara can be cleaned normally based on the rules at www.alcantara.com and

can also be washed in the washing machine with a cold water program.

The secret of Alcantara

Alcantara is a registered trademark of

Alcantara S.p.A. and is one of the excellence

of Made in Italy. The plant and the

research departments are situated in

Nera Montoro, in the heart of Umbria.

Alcantara is one of the best covering

materials for luxury furniture. Behind the

soft look hides an ultramodern product,

the result of human ingenuity in application

of a unique and patented technology.

In a unique way, Alcantara unites

tactility, aesthetics and functionality,

combined with ethical and social awareness.

The secret of Alcantara is concealed

in the combination of comfort,

sustainability and practical usability. Leolux

products covered in Alcantara acquire

an exclusive character of their own

and guarantee many years enjoyment of

comfort and practical usability.

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Austere lacquers and subtle stains

With the Leolux lacquers and stains you can evoke almost any

atmosphere in your living room. We can perfectly combine the finish

of wood sections as well as of metal legs or even glass table

leaves with the upholstery.

The Leolux lacquer collection is put together

by trend experts and offers 44

balanced colours to lend your Leolux lacquer

products a contemporary appearance.

In addition, this collection fits perfectly

with the colours offered by other

furniture manufacturers. From our “View

on colours” you can easily choose the

loveliest combinations, but other colours

are also still available. The lacquer

colours from the “View on Colours” collection

are available in a smooth Satiné

finish and the slightly textured Spruzza

variant. These lacquers can be applied

on practically all table leaves, feet and

armrests. For more special applications,

Leolux offers various lacquers that were

developed in-house.


Those who prefer a matt finish and sheer

lines choose this Leolux lacquer with its

completely smooth pearly surface. This

lacquer can be delivered in more than

1200 colours. The connoisseur of smooth

and shining surfaces prefers this lacquer.

However, particulary in the darker

shades, scratches due to daily wearand-tear

tend to be visible, as is the case

with glass tabletops and the bodywork

of a car. The Leolux Satiné lacquer is so

smooth that it radiates beauty.


A soft grain gives the Spruzza just a little

more depth that the smooth satin lacquerlacks.

The Spruzza’s colour palette

is endless - just like the types above, it is

available in over 1200 colours.

Special lacquer systems

In addition to the aforementioned lacquers,

Leolux develops a variety of special

lacquer systems in-house.


A hard, reinforced lacquer with high

scratch resistance for metallic effects.

Cristallo lacquer is composed of colour

pigments and aluminium elements that

blend together during the lacquer process.


This lacquer is an invention by Leolux

itself and is realised by bringing two lacquers

into contact with one another before

the lacquer has hardened. The signature

of the Leolux lacquer sprayer can

be found on every leaf and makes each

Cosmos product the only one of its kind.


Leolux metallic lacquers are created by

adding miniscule metal filings to the lacquer.

The “metallic” layer of the lacquer is

smooth and textureless.


This lacquer gives wooden tables a

brushed metallic look, but with the characteristics

of lacquer: strong and easy to

maintain. Available in various metallic


Metallic Brush

The brushed look of the Brush lacquers

is also applied in a very strong version

with a metallic appearance. This Metallic

Brush is finished in six beautiful colours

and is ideal for surfaces that undergo intensive


view on colours

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The Style lacquer comes with a fine

striped structure that adds depth and

character to the top of table leaves.

Other parts remain smooth but are, of

course, provided with the same Spruzza

lacquer colour. This creates an austere

look and your lacquer product is given a

texture with low maintenance.


In an environment-friendly manner,

the metal parts are given an extremely

strong lacquer layer with this “powder

lacquer”. The powder is applied to the

metal section using static electricity and

melted at high temperatures.

This gives a smooth and extremely

strong layer of lacquer.

Stain colours

Leolux has a lovely collection of stain

colours for walnut and oak that permit

subtle colour nuances. After staining,

the furniture is provided with a strong,

transparent lacquer coat that achieves

the same properties as the familiar lacquered

products from Leolux.

Lacquer maintenance

A Leolux lacquer achieves its full hardness

two months after application. The

“evaporation process” is then completed

and you can no longer “smell” the table.

This is comparable to acquiring a new car

whose “newness” can be “smelled” for

months. During the hardening period we

recommend you treat your product with

care. Avoid placing heavy objects on the

table and clean it only with a damp cloth

and diluted washing-up liquid.

Resistance to scratches

Leolux tables are scratch-resistant. This

means they will put up with scratches

occurring in normal use. They are not totally

scratch-proof. In that, they resemble

car paints. Hard objects, such as sugar

grains, a tray or flower pot dragged over

the table top, can cause scratches, which

will be all the more visible the darker the

leaf is in colour. However, a great deal

of attention is paid to the lacquer layer,

so that it is fully equal to its task. Thanks

to the elasticity, it will never flake off or

break under sudden, heavy pressure, nor

will it wear off at the edges and corners.


Clean normally using a damp cloth and

grease-removing agents. We particularly

recommend the use of a concentrated

washing-up liquid. In any case, do not

use abrasive cleaners such as Cif. Also,

furniture cleaners that contain silicone

can create patches which are difficult to

polish away. Stains caused by wine, coffee,

alcohol etc,should be removed with

water and concentrated washing-up

liquid. Felt pen ink marks should be removed

carefully with white spirit.

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Living wood

Whether it’s oiled or lacquered, you want to live with wood

forever; a wooden table lives and experiences much. Tea is drunk

and food is eaten, a paper read, everyone tells their story: a

wooden table is the centre of family life and grows older and

ever more beautiful with use. Leolux makes such home tables in

a large variety of wood sorts and combinations. Many of these

tables, as well as the arm sections in seats, for example, are

made of the most beautiful of solid woods. When that is not

technically possible, Leolux makes them in top-class veneer.

Solid wood

A solid wood table is a natural product.

A“solid” tabletop or its legs are not necessarily

made from one piece of wood,

as wood “works”. Humidity causes the

wood to shrink or expand. A table made

from one piece of wood would warp. To

avoid warping, the tabletop is constructed

from slats of wood that are glued on

all sides. This limits the shrinkage and

expansion of the wood. The table legs

are also constructed from more than

one piece of wood for the same reason.

With use you must be aware that solid

wood “works”. Never place your solid

wood table too close to a fire or radiator

to avoid changes in temperature and

humidity (50-70% is ideal).

Wood veneers

However beautiful, solid wood does

have its limitations. It works, warps and

cannot be used if very thin. This means

that certain constructions in solid wood

are not possible. The leaves of the Tablet

coffee table, for example, need to

be thin. And if the intermediate leaf of

the Calbuco table were to warp it would

no longer fit into its housing and would

fail on this technical principle. For such

challenges, Man has fortunately discovered

a technical solution: wood veneer,

a thinly peeled or stripped layer of real

wood that is applied to a base layer. Real

wood, worked into a manageable


Wood sorts


Leolux reveals the time-honoured European

oak of high standing. It’s not possible

to imagine life today in the furniture

industry without this wood with its

peaceful and beautiful grain. The Leolux

oak is supplied with a natural or lacquer.


Our cherry has a beautiful, light striped

pattern. t is a charming type of wood

that, depending on the light, displays

various nuances of a deep, copper glow.


Walnut is highly variegated. Leolux has

chosen American walnut wood that has

a dark warm glow.

Caring for wood and veneer

In this chapter we describe the maintenance of solid (oiled)

wood and veneer products. For maintenance of lacquered tables,

please refer to the chapter on Leolux lacquers and veneer types.

Solid wood (oiled)

Do not place your solid wood table too

close to a radiator or open fire. Avoid

major fluctuations in temperature and

humidity.Make sure the relative humidity

in your home is between 50 and 70

%. Cracking as a result of a relative humidity

outside that margin is excluded

from the guarantee.

An oiled table is more susceptible to

stains and damp than a lacquered table.

Remove spilt liquids immediately.

For day-by-day maintenance, wiping the

table with a dry or moist cloth suffices.

Treat your table with the oil supplied

with it on a regular basis. Apply the oil

thinly to a clean, dry table using a cloth.

Rub in using a dry cloth. Do not use corrosive

or scouring agents. Treat minor

scratches and stains carefully with a

scouring sponge in the direction of the

grain. Then apply oil again. A maintenance

kit for solid wood is available from

Leolux dealers and the Leolux Design


Solid wood (lacquered)

See the Chapter on Leolux lacquered



Wood discolours under the influence of

daylight. Do not place hot objects (saucepans)

directly onto the wood. This creates

rings that are impossible to remove.

Veneer: Finishing and maintenance

The Leolux veneers come in various

shades, which can all be finished with

a variety of lacquers. In all cases, they

are given a finishing coat using a matt

lacquer. The properties of the lacquer

are identical to those of other Leolux

lacquers. Maintenance only consists of

normal cleaning with a damp cloth and

mild detergents. Do not use any scouring

products. After delivery, this Leolux

product needs two months in which to

harden through and through. Do not

overload the table during that period.

All our wood originates from reforested


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Leolux glass tables

You’ll find the transparent beauty of glass in the dining tables

from Leolux.

Tables like Cameleon and Strabo have

variants with top leaves in satin glass,

as well as options in lacquer or HPL for

example. Tables with glass leaves are an

obvious choice in spaces that combine

openness and light with glittering design.

Colour and look

On coloured leaves, Leolux applies the

lacquer colours to the underside of the

glass to minimise the chance of damage.

This means that the colour of the glass

can influence the way you perceive the

lacquer colours. The glass samples at

your Leolux dealer or the Leolux Design

Center offer a clear picture, but minimal

differences cannot be ruled out. After

all, glass is a natural product.


Satin glass has a soft appearance because

the material is very slightly porous

rather than hard as glass. You can account

for that in day-to-day use by wiping

up any aggressive liquids spilt, such

as fat or red wine, immediately. Use a

soft sponge and, possibly, a mild scouring

agent (e.g. Cif Creamy). Never use a

scouring sponge.

• For day-to-day care, a glass cleaner,

concentrated washing-up liquid or

water with a dash of methylated spirits


• Never drag hard objects (pottery, spilt

sugar) across the glass leaf. Follow the

instructions in the section on lacquers

when cleaning the lacquered underside.

Decorative rugs

Leolux’s motto when putting together the collection is

“everything that makes for pleasant living”.

Naturally, the collection is centred

around seating concepts, tables and

dining-room chairs. But homes are

made up of more than just seats. That’s

why the collection also includes art. Leolux

has carpets to complete the collection.

After all, they provide your living

room with warmth, a higher “softness

factor”, or simply the right optical effect.

That’s how the Leolux rugs contribute to

a pleasant living environment.

Leolux rugs complete your living room

because they match the colours of your

furniture. Individualists can, however,

create very special effects with carpets.

With a rug in a contrasting colour you

can create a “colour island” so that your

furniture stands out even more. You

choose the colour that best matches

your home environment from a large variety

of possibilities.

The Leolux Saltino rugs are available

with a pile height of 32, 45 or 60 mm.

More information on Leolux rugs can be

obtained from your Leolux dealer or in the

Leolux Design Centers.

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A two year warranty is given on construction, workmanship,

upholstery padding and lacquer finishes, motors and mechanisms.


1. The warranty is valid from the day of delivery to the first

owner or at the latest 30 days after delivery by Leolux to

the Leolux dealer.

2. On the owner’s request, the Leolux warranty includes

repairs due to assembly and production errors. Separate

stipulations applying to material faults are given below.

3. Claims on the Leolux warranty must be made known

within the warranty period.

4. The warranty applies to the piece of furniture; should this

pass on to third persons, then the application of the warranty

does not alter.

5. To the extent permitted by law, the guarantee period

shall not be prolonged, renewed or otherwise changed

by resale, repair or replacement of the furniture by

a recognised Leolux partner. Repaired components

or replacement of (parts) of products fall under the

guarantee for the remainder of the original guarantee

period or for sixty days from the date of repair or

replacement, whichever period is the longer.

6. Different guarantee conditions apply to products purchased

via Leolux Global BV. These can vary per country

and are available on request from Leolux Global. Global

sells Leolux products in countries which are not associated

with Leolux Meubelfabriek BV, Leolux Möbelfabrik

GmbH and Leolux Belgium NV.


1. The Leolux warranty does not apply to leather or upholstery

fabrics that do not belong to the Leolux collection

- the so-called “forwarded materials”.

2. The Leolux guarantee covers only the costs of the fabric

and leather materials delivered by the metre. Costs for

upholstering carried out by third parties are not covered

by Leolux.

3. Normal wear-and-tear and damages are not included in

the warranty.

4. Damage which is a result of incorrect use or maintenance

is excluded from the warranty.

5. Repairs made to the upholstery materials and furniture

without prior written permission from Leolux result in

exclusion from the warranty.

6. Indirect costs which may be the result of an eventual

defect, for example loss of income etc., are also excluded

from the warranty.

7. In order to deal with your service request the product

must be within the Leolux sales organisation area in which

it was sold. If this is not the case, Leolux will be unable to

carry out any inspections or repair activities.

8. Leather and fabric creasing occurs in the soft, luxurious

Leoskin of our high-quality, form-retaining foam

elements. This choice is deliberate, and will not be accepted

as a ground for complaints.

9. Leather is a natural product. Scratch scars, insect bites,

cuts etc are characteristics of leather, and cannot be accepted

as grounds for complaints. Slight colour variations

in a piece or group of furniture cannot be avoided.

10. The wood’s natural characteristics do not form grounds

for complaints, such as the changing colour of the cherry,

the striped colour nuances of ash and grain differences in

the various tables.

11. Cracks in solid wood caused by the relative humidity

being too low (70%) do not represent

grounds for complaints.

12. Small patterns or stripes will not be worked to pattern.

13. The guarantee for fabrics is null and void once they have

been treated with a dirt-resistant coating.

14. Changes in the nap of velvet(like) fabrics which result from

use cannot be claimed for. The resulting colour differences

which are only visual are a specific characteristic of

this type of fabric.

15. Slight colour deviations may occur.

16. Batteries are not covered by our guarantee.


A Leolux service form should be completed in the event of a

complaint. Complaints will only be dealt with if the warranty

number or product ID number is quoted and a clear description

of the complaint given.

• All dimensions are approximate.

• Because of their design and the level of comfort chosen,

creasing is inevitable with Leolux furniture.

• We reserve the right to make changes in the collection

and in dimensions.

• For tailor-made advice please contact the Leolux partners

and the Leolux Design Centers.

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Technical illustrations

AL/AR = Arm Left / Right • NA = No Arm • FL/FR = Footstool Left / Right


Design: Minimal Design, 2002

B flat

Design: Andreas Berlin, 2005


2,5-seat sofa


3-seat sofa


Connection sofa AR

1 back


Connection sofa AL

1 back

Connection sofa AR

2x back

Connection sofa AL

2x back

Coffee table




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247 247



2,5-seat sofa unit AL/AR

1,5-seat unit NA

135 84





Corner unit

Corner unit

back L

Corner unit

back R


2,5-seat sofa unit AL 2,5-seat sofa unit AR 3-seat sofa unit AL 3-seat sofa unit AR

1,5-seat unit NA




Antonia Royale

Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 1996/2010












2-seat sofa

2,5-seat sofa 3-seat sofa 3,5-seat sofa 3,5-seat sofa

160 160 200 200








Design: Busk & Hertzog, 2011









149 174 210 248 248


Occasional table

Chaise longue AL/AR

1,5-seat unit


1,5-seat unit AL/AR

2,5-seat unit AL/AR

3-seat unit AL/AR








105 161 161

197 197

Bella Bora

Design: Axel Enthoven, 1983/2008



1,5-seat unit footstool R/L

Corner unit 90º Corner unit 23º Corner unit round


124 x 55


62 x 55


90 x 90

Armchair 314 2-seat sofa 2,5-seat sofa 3-seat sofa Footstool



164 164



















83 78


88 147



Armchair 315 2-seat sofa 2,5-seat sofa 3-seat sofa

52 46


Design: Stefan Heiliger, 2011

2,5-seat sofa

3-seat sofa



88 147








220 220


Design: Scooter & Partners, 2004


Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2004


Element footstool

L/R, plus


3-seater, plus, single back

L/R back standard plus

3-seater, plus, single back

L/R back extended






Footstool with

rotating table leaf





Occasional table












52 46


73 38

Coffee table



234 234





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Design: Axel Enthoven, 2011


Design: Cuno Frommherz, 2008


2-seat sofa

2,5-seat sofa 3-seat sofa Footstool


Rotating armchair

Love Seat

2,5-seat sofa

3-seat sofa

3,5-seat sofa




51 42

83 143 168 193




2-seat sofa

2,5-seat sofa 3-seat sofa Footstool




51 42

83 143 168 193


98 80-83


Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2005


Dining room table extendable


150 210


Design: Jan Armgardt, 1992


Design: Norbert Beck, 2010

Dining room table




200 220 240


Design: Natalie Buijs, 2008


Design: Axel Enthoven, 1978/2010





84 62




84 62


Design: Frans Schrofer, 2012

Occasional table

45 58

70 38



98 80-83


98 83















1,5-seat unit AL/AR

2,5-seat unit AL/AR

3-seat unit AL/AR

1,5-seat unit NA


101 101

98 80-83


156 156

98 80-83


188 188

98 80-83



End unit 1,5-seat footstool L/R

Corner unit round

Corner unit 90º



103 80-83


125 80-83


125 80-83


67 41-44

56 41,5

162 162











2-seat sofa

2,5-seat sofa

2,5-seat sofa unit AL/AR

Connection sofa AR/AL



85 74




85 74

197 178


178 203



55 41






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Faya Lobi

Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2003


Design: Cuno Frommherz, 2012



1,5-seat unit NA




2-seat unit AL/AR


2,5-seat unit AL/AR



Chaise longue AL/AR









57 41,5








150 150


2-seat end unit, back L/R



2-seat end unit, footstool L/R












Design: Frans Schrofer, 2002




Design: Erik Munnikhof, 2003


Design: Axel Enthoven, 2012



2-seat sofa


2,5-seat sofa


3-seat sofa





Design: Braun & Maniatis, 2003



90 160 185 210




2-seat sofa


2,5-seat sofa


3-seat sofa











2,5-seat unit, footstool L/R



Connection sofa AL/AR





87 100


62 37





88 66



212 212 240 240

Dining room chair

armrest wood

Dining room chair

armrest uphostered

Dining room chair

without armrest

60 87



60 87



60 87












2,5-seat sofa


160 185 210



Design: Kai Stania, 2011


Design: Frans Schrofer, 2003

Armchair 2-seat sofa

2,5-seat sofa

3-seat sofa







3-seat sofa

51 35

85 168 203 57

Coffee table





69 51

55 51





156 181 206


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Design: Cuno Frommherz, 2012


Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2000

Love Seat


3-seat sofa

3-seat unit AL/AR

3-seat unit AL-FR/AR-FL

"Moving Moments Seat"

backrest right high

"Moving Moments Seat"

backrest left high


Chaiselongue AL/AR






216 198

198 273 273



Connection sofa FR/FL


Connection sofa AL/AR


Design: Norbert Beck, 2010



280 280


224 224

110 110


1,5-seat NA

Unit1,5-seat AL/AR

Unit 1,5-seat FR/FL

Corner unit with

short backrest R/L













Design: Frans Schrofer, 2011




109 109




163 163 115 115





Design: A Design Studio, 2011

Dining room table




Design: Gerard Vollenbrock, 2012

220 240 260


Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2004

Dining room

table extendable

Dining room

table extendable











Coffee table



Coffee table



Coffee table



Coffee table



Coffee table



Occasional table








2,5-seat sofa

3-seat sofa























Design: Gerard Vollenbrock, 2012





Design: Scooter & Partners, 2005




81 111








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Design: Christian Werner, 2012


Design: Boonzaaijer/Mazairac/De Scheemaker, 1989


2-seat sofa

2,5-seat sofa

3-seat sofa





Pallone Puppy













Design: Gerard Vollenbrock, 2011


Design: Jan Armgardt, 1993


72 72




Design: Daniel Figueroa, 2005


Design: Stefan Heiliger, 2009

Dining-room chair




58 84


83,5 73


59 52


57 33









Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2009


Design: Norbert Beck, 2010


Dining room table


Dining room table


Dining room table







130 180

200 220 240


Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2007


Design: Braun & Maniatis, 2008



Armchair 2-seat sofa 2,5-seat sofa

3-seat sofa










Armchair arm left

Armchair arm right











1,5-seat pivot

point right

1,5-seat pivot

point left



3-seat pivot point

left & right

3-seat 2x pivot point


3-seat 2x pivot point

















74 74 154 174










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Design: Gabriele Assmann, 1998


Design: Patrick Belli, 2011


2,5-seat sofa 3-seat sofa 2-seat unit AL/AR Chaise longue large AL/AR Chaise longue medium AL/AR

42 / 43,5


42 / 43,5





178 210 173 173






96 96 96 96


Design: Norbert Beck, 2010


Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2012

Dining-room chair


Dining-room chair


Dining-room chair


Dining-room chair












Quantissimo Dining

Design: Frans Schrofer, 2000


Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 1998


high back


low back

68 98-100



67 83-85




Design: Axel Enthoven, 2012


Design: Cuno Frommherz, 2010

66 37



Design: Gerard Vollenbrock, 1996


Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2012


2,5-seat sofa














80 82







Dining room chair

with armrest



Dining room chair

without armrest


Dining room chair

upholstered armrests






Dining room table





160 180 200 220

74 167

Dining room table




160/230 180/250 200/270 220/290

Dining room table



200/310 200/310


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Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 2000


Design: Gabriele Assmann, 2010

Coffee table Elegance

Coffee table Cubic



Armchair 2-seat sofa 2,5-seat sofa

3-seat sofa











66 148




Design: Scooter & Partners, 2006

Vivre Largo

Design: Minimal Design, 2002/2010


wooden armrest


armrest upholstered

73 78


73 78





Design: Scooter & Partners, 2006





58 83



58 83




Design: Jan Armgardt, 1998


Design: Hugo de Ruiter, 1995/2002




one eye













Design: Jan Armgardt, 1984

2-seat sofa

3-seat sofa








Dining room table






180 200



160/212 190/242



180 200




160/212 190/242



190/242/294 220/272/324




49 55



172-192 203-223

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Vol de Rêve

Design: Jane Worthington, 2006

Love Seat

2,5-seat sofa

3,5-seat sofa

2-seat unit

AR/AL Swing

3-seat unit

AR/AL Swing

2-seat unit


3-seat unit







2,5-seat half angle

unit AR/AL swing


Large corner unit

209 254

3-seat half angle

unit AR/AL swing

Corner unit 90°


2,5-seat half angle

unit AR/AL low


151 191 161 201

3-seat half angle

unit AR/AL low


1,5-seat unit NA Footstool Footstool


The realisation of the 2012-2013 Annual was brought about by:




Artwork and text:












ICP Venlo


Leolux, Kamer 465

All dimensions are approximate. Wrinkling is unavoidable on Leolux products because of the design and the level of chosen comfort.


Jo Meesters (p. 52, 53, 55, 110, 111), Claudy Luijcks (p. 48), Marieke Staps (p. 70), Ontwerpduo

(p. 94, 95, 96, 97), Bauke Knottnerus (p. 108), Lise Lefebvre (p. 101), Petra

Vonk (p. 102), Tweelink (p. 130), Ontwerplabel Vij5 (p. 147), Roos Soetekouw (p. 120,

123), Aoife Wuller (p. 104), Elise Kim (p. 77), Iris van Daalen (p. 120, 123), Leonie Smelt

(p. 114), Marc Jansen (p. 51, 79, 99), Arzu Firuz (p. 59, 86).


Frank Tielemans Fotografie, Zebra foto studio’s, Alexander van Berge, Arjan Benning,

Lisa Klappe, Piet Cox, Diana Post Fotografie, Sjaak Peeters, Ingmar Timmer, Richard

Stradtmann, Leolux.

Interviews by:

Frances van der Steen, Maartje Wolff, Monique van Empel.

Thanks to:

Billekens Licht en Advies, Blooming, Gutzz, Brand en van Egmond, Haans, 70f, Seppo

Koho, Jaspers Herenmode Eindhoven, Audax Textielmuseum Tilburg, Ege carpet:

Floorfashion by Muurbloem, Hans Boodt.

We have tried to mention all holders of rights to photos and works of art. If we have

missed any, you can still get in touch with us.

Leolux Meubelfabriek BV

Kazernestraat 15

NL-5928 NL Venlo

The Netherlands



© 2012 Leolux Meubelfabriek B.V. Nothing form this publication may be copied or

reprinted without written permission from Leolux Meu bel fa briek B.V.

Leolux is a brand of Leolux Living BV.

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Exit 6































NO. 8

















































Leolux Design Center SON (near Eindhoven)

Meubelplein Ekkersrijt 4040

NL-5692 DA Son

T +31 (0)499 490 976

F +31 (0)499 496 025


Monday - Thursday 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.


10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m


10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.


NL Leolux Design Center

D Leolux Design Center

Beneluxlaan 27


Ludwigsburg Baden-Württemberg

NL-3527 HS Utrecht

T +31 (0)30 293 81 49

F +31 (0)30 294 54 74

Elbestraße 39

D-47800 Krefeld-Gartenstadt

T +49 (0)2151 943 660

F +49 (0)2151 943 650

Monreposstraße 55

D-71634 Ludwigsburg

T +49 (0)7141 324 01

F +49 (0)7141 324 46

Hours of opening:

Monday to Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Hours of opening:

Hours of opening:

On late night shopping day (Thursday) open from 9.30 am to 9.00


Monday to Friday


10.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Monday to Friday


10.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.


On the A50 near Eindhoven take Exit 6 (Ekkersrijt / Centrum)

and follow the signs to Ekkersrijt. At the traffic lights turn right

(Meubelplein). The Leolux Design Center is 250 metres down

on the left.


Eindhoven Station, number 11 bus towards Son, Meubelplein

Ekkersrijt near the Leolux Design Center.


Eindhoven, Brussels, Amsterdam.

By car:

A) From the A27 Hilversum / A28 Amersfoort: Follow the route to

“Rotterdam/Den Haag” and then to “Nieuwegein/Jaarbeurs”, take

exit 17 “Kanaleneiland/Jaarbeurs”, and at the end of the exit turn


(Europalaan), turn left at the roundabout (Beneluxlaan), follow the

tram track and go straight on at the next roundabout. The Design-

Center is on your left. You can park on the right (car park behind

the flats).

B) From the A12 from Arnhem: Follow “Nieuwegein-Jaarbeurs”, then

as for A.

C) From the A12 from Rotterdam-The Hague: At Ouderijn follow “Amsterdam”,

then “Centrum/ring Utrecht-West”, take exit 8 “Utrecht

Centrum”, and at the end of the exit turn right, turn right at the

traffic lights. The Design-Center is on your right. Parking is in front

of the Design-Center.

D) From the A27 / A2 Den Bosch: Take exit 8 (Ring West “Utrecht

Centrum”), then as for C.

E) From the A2 from Amsterdam: Take exit 8 “Utrecht Centrum”, and

at the end of the exit turn left, then as for C.

By car:

Take the A57 highway until the Krefeld-Gartenstad exit. Exit the highway

and continue towards Krefeld. At the first set of traffic-lights turn

left, following the signpost for TÜV. Then at the second crossroads

turn left onto the Magdeburgerstraße. After approximately 300 metres,

directly after the tramrails, turn right onto the Elbestraße. The

Leolux-Design-Center is on the left-hand side after 250 metres.

Public Transport:

From Krefeld Central Station take 042 tram, getting off at the

“Bochum-Friedhof” (cemetery) stop. Walking on to the next traffic

lights, turn right onto Emil-Schäferstraße, then after approximately

50 metres onto Elbestraße.


Düsseldorf, Mönchengladbach, Cologne-Bonn, Niederrhein.

A detailed route description can be found on www.leolux.com

By car:

Take the A81 Stuttgart-Heilbronn and exit the highway at the

Ludwigsburg-Nord exit, driving in the direction of Ludwigsburg over

the B27 (Frankfurterstraße).

Turn left at the first set of traffic lights (Monreposstraße) and then

immediately take the first right. The Leolux-Design-Center is located

150 metres on the left-hand side.



A detailed route description can be found on www.leolux.com

Public transport:

At Utrecht station take the fast tram to Nieuwegein. Get off at the

stop “5 Mei Plein”, near the Leolux-Design-Center.


Eindhoven, Amsterdam.

A detailed route description can be found on www.leolux.com

Leolux Design Centers are open six days a week and on

special occasions. For more information about events,

route descriptions and an overview of the models on

display, go to www.leolux.com

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Marinus Dammeweg





Station Venlo































Bergensesteenweg 423A

B-1600 Sint-Pieters-Leeuw

T +32 (0)2 331 27 70

F +32 (0)2 331 30 18


via creandi

Marinus Dammeweg 42, Venlo (NL),


T +31 (0)77 387 71 62

F +31 (0)77 387 72 73


Hours of opening:

Monday to Saturday 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.


Open only by appointment

By car:

Follow the E19 to the ring-road around Brussels and then follow the

sign Charleroi/Mons/Paris (keep right). After about 10 km you will

see exit 16 (N6), “Sint-Pieters-Leeuw - Anderlecht.” At the end of the

exit turn right towards Sint-Pieters-Leeuw/Halle. You are now on the

Steenweg op Bergen (Mons) road.

The Leolux-Design-Center is approximately 4 km on your left.

Public Transport:

Approaching from the station Brussels South (Bruxelles Midi) take

bus HL (HL is crossed through). Get off at the stop Bergensesteenweg.

The Leolux-Design-Center is about 100 metres away.


Brussels, Charleroi.

A detailed route description can be found on www.leolux.com

Besides Leolux, in this “house full of the unique and beautiful” you

will find the collection from its partner Siematic.

BY CAR: (follow “bedrijvennr.” 6875)

A: From Venlo town centre:

Over the bridge to Blerick, left at the 2nd traffic lights, 2nd

right (Kazernestraat, past the station and the main building

of Leolux). At the roundabout continue straight ahead. At the

end, take the road to the right in between the Leolux buildings.

Via Creandi is now ahead of you on the right.

B: From A67/A73:

“Knooppunt Zaarderheiken”, exit Venlo-West/Blerick. At the

end of the slip road turn right towards Venlo (N556). After

about 2.5 km, immediately after the filling station, turn

right (Burg. Gommansstraat) and then the 2nd right (Kazernestraat).

At the roundabout continue straight ahead, then as



Blerick station (500 metres on foot). This station is on both the

“Maaslijn” Roermond-Nijmegen and on the Eindhoven/Venlo

line. Leave the station and turn right. Follow the Kazernestraat

past the main building of Leolux. At the roundabout continue

straight ahead, then as A..

Leolux Dealers

Leolux works with a network of specialised dealers. Our

products are always sold via the Leolux dealer. In their stores

they will be happy to help you with comprehensive advice,

but they are also your contact when it comes to the purchase

and delivery of your Leolux furniture.

Leolux Brandstores

Leolux operates brandstores in a number of world cities.

These brandstores present seating from Leolux based on

the Leolux concept, together with art and accessories from

well-known brands. You’ll find addresses of the Leolux

brandstores at www.leolux.com

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