When the Leonardo chandelier was first produced by Santa & Cole, it was made of wide bands of cherry veneer, and glowed with warmth and naturalness. However, the material was a bit too difficult to transport reliably, resulting in a high rate of damage. Santa & Cole went to a white cardboard Leonardo which became a very successful fixture in the US. Now, the newly re-released Leonardos are available in two different versions of resilient wood. Known as the White Wood Leonardo, the poplar version is almost white and casts a pale yellow glow.
The original Leonardo was born out of recycling and the unpredictable. Designer, Antoni Arola had collected some tossed out sheets of veneer from the street and lived at least a year with the pieces in his various corners of his studio. He resisted throwing them out, being attracted to the material. Finally,forced to clean up after experimenting unsuccessfully, Arola found them in bulges in his arms on his way to the bin and realized in that marvelous moment, out of chaos and fumbling, that the Leonardo was created.