Hide may be having its moment as a decor trend for 2015, but Kyle Bunting — widely acknowledged as the creator of the hide rug — has always recognized its potential. In fact, the famed Bunting has been working with the material for over a decade.
“Before we started doing it in 2001, it was people taking hides and just throwing them on the floor,” says Bunting. “We thought the material was very luxe, sustainable ... kind of sensual. It was tactile, and the way it played with light was really dynamic.”
In the hands of Bunting and his Austin team, hair-on hide has taken the form of throw pillows, detailed murals, upholstery and, most notably, those famous rugs. He has also put a twist on the traditional by employing an anything-goes attitude towards color, offering over 100 options ranging from more natural shades to striking hues like fuchsia and teal. Bunting’s most impressive feats, however, are his bespoke pieces, for which he operates on the philosophy “any size, any shape, any color” to craft custom creations for designers and clients. It’s projects like these that most excite him and his team.
“The opportunity to create something dynamic appears, and it takes it to a whole ‘nother level,” says Bunting. “That’s the stuff that keeps us running in here every day, the chance to create something new.” For more information, inspiration and inquiries, head here.