Achieving furnishing quality with Elmo Leather

Jimmy Ahlgren discusses the merits of using leather on passenger ships with Richard Humphreys

Achieving furnishing quality with Elmo Leather
Elmo Leather is providing passenger ships with high-quality and sustainable leather furnishings

This article was first published in the 2019 issue of Cruise & Ferry Interiors. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

Cruise ship operators are sometimes forced to refurbish their interior furnishings more often than they would like due to the use of low-quality leathers and polyurethane materials, which typically last one to three years.

High-quality natural leathers, such as those offered by Elmo Leather, are more comfortable for guests and they are easier to maintain, which means they can last up to 15 years or more. 

Elmo Leather’s sales and marketing director Jimmy Ahlgren is starting to see more operators opt for higher quality leather, largely because it equates to lower costs in the long term. Many are choosing products from Elmo Leather. “The quality of our products helps us to stand out and it’s a key element behind our success to date,” says Ahlgren.

Choosing long-lasting furniture from Elmo Leather also helps cruise lines become more sustainable. Not only do they no longer need to regularly dispose of furniture in landfill, but they also know Elmo Leather has taken a responsible approach to reducing its own environmental impact. “At our tannery in Sweden, we’re able to pour our wastewater back into the nearby river because it’s been so well cleaned – it’s actually cleaner than when we take it out,” Ahlgren says. 

Tastes in design and techniques will continue to change, but Elmo Leather will ensure it keeps its finger on the pulse. “We enjoy this challenge and we’re confident we will continue to rise to it,” he says. “We wish to carry on ascending to the benchmark we’ve previously established, while growing steadily.” 

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Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys
06 August 2019