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riempie | noun | riem·​pie | \ ˈrēmpē \

plural -s


southern Africa : a rawhide strip used especially as webbing in making furniture seats

This unique and original two-seater bench design uses simple, modern aesthetics mixed with the traditional handwoven method of riempie (untanned leather strips).  History states that this method originated in the early Cape furniture style in South Africa. It is versatile and can be used as a bench, storage space for blankets or a coffee table with a twist.

Product Information

Made to order with solid, sustainably sourced New Zealand wood

 Available in various wood types

Reclaimed Rimu featured here | 1 Available

Finished with timber protection oil

The leather laces (riempies) are handwoven.

The leather will stretch over time.

Approximate Dimensions:

Height 44cm x Width 45.5cm x Length 93.5cm


$700 (NZ Dollar)


Caring for Riempie Furniture


To maintain the clean, white look of the rawhide strips (riempie), brush it down to remove most of the dirt and dust. Use a leather cleaner and clean cloth. Never use water to clean the riempies (rawhide strips), as it will weaken the riempie.

Visit our Information page to learn more about our work process.


Growing up we always had a few pieces of Riempie furniture in our house, and it is a popular furniture style which can be found in South African homes. These ranged from dining room chairs to small folding field stools, which we still use today. It is believed that Riempie furniture from South Africa finds its origin from early Cape furniture,such as the Tulbagh Chair, circa 1800s. The simplicity in the untanned leather strips and how it is woven together makes any seat unique. Find out more about this furniture style's influence and history on the blog. 

Riempie definition: Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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