We use vegetable-tanned leather sourced domestically from the United States in our leather desk pads. The organic process preserves the natural character of the leather, and also allows it to age wonderfully. The texture is buttery smooth and supple, soft to the touch.
It’s the perfect material for writing. The leather desk pad will last generations—and each generation will leave its mark, as the material interacts with how you use it and develops a patina over time. Water rings from cups can leave a mark, making coasters a nice accessory if you’d like to avoid the water marks. You’ll see the desk pad mature and change over time. (In contrast, if you want your desk pad to look the same on day 1 as day 1000, we’d recommend our wool desk pad.)
Not all wool felt is created equal—we use 100% virgin merino wool, rather than synthetic, because the texture is supreme. We’ve tested many, many cheap alternatives to real wool, but the quality is poor and they feel scratchy to the touch. The premium feel is the only way to go.
The wool desk pad is cushioned and dampening. It works with optical mice, but isn’t good for writing directly on (see leather if you need to write directly on it). The Small and Medium sizes slide easily on most desktop surfaces, making it a great choice if you like to move around your space, or to switch from digital to analog tasks. The wool is stain resistant, water resistant, and it doesn’t show use—on day 1000, it’ll look almost identical to how it looked on day 1.
It’s substantially higher quality than synthetic alternatives—it won’t stick to your skin like a synthetic, there’s no odor, and it is very durable. The furniture-grade product we use has a tooth similar to high quality paper, and a smooth feel on your skin.
The cork bottom provides added cushion, and it’s a great writing surface. You can slide the small and medium pads around easily if needed on your desk, but they stay put securely during normal use.
A desk pad is an easy way to take your workspace to the next level. It’s the foundation you can build around, and you’ll see and touch it every day—it's worth obsessing over the right material. We hope this article helped, and if you'd like a 1-on-1 consultation with our team, click the button below to send us a note. We're happy to talk it through with you!