Fine leathers and live stitching presentations drew visitors to London's North-West, where Bill Amberg Studio showcased their latest projects in the Queen's Park Design District. The studio specializes in high-end architectural leather services, as well as bespoke interior work and signature accessories. Sweet with the unmistakable smell of leather, and filled to the brim with old-timey machinery and rolls of fine material, the studio was a pleasant change from the otherwise often high-tech atmosphere of the festival.
Leather sewing machines in the all-handmade workshop space.
The star of the show was 'Stack Table', a beautiful new take on using scrap leather as a surface material. Hundreds of leather cut-offs are randomly stacked, creating a colorful pattern with natural irregularities resulting from the differing thicknesses of the strips used.
The 'Stack Table' table top is made of hundreds of leather cut-offs.
The application of resin and sanding makes the surface durable and smooth, and a brass frame holds the leather in place, giving the table a heavy solid base.
A solid brass frame provides the base for the table.
The first table prototype had only just been finished the week before, so the designers present at the show were very excited to see how the material would age and develop a patina over time.
Beautifully warm haptics and a surface that will show its potential for patina over time.
Stools and benches using leathers from the fashion, accessories, and garment industries.
'Rivet Stool' explores the structural capabilities of leather.
The studio developed 'Rivet Stool' while researching the load-bearing capacities of leather. The product is held together by rivets and entirely made from shoe-sole leather, taking it out of its usual context and creating a surprisingly robust piece of furniture.
Anki is an independent design consultant working in product innovation, design strategy and user experience. She balances her own projects with consulting jobs for small and international companies including CrowdShed, trivago and Vodafone. Her work has varied from designing a FAD award winning baby chair and 3D interfaces for social network applications to strategy consulting for startups. Having earned her Diplom and Masters in Cologne, Sydney and Barcelona, she now splits her time between London and Cologne, and has made her suitcase an integral part of life. On the hunt for inspiration, she writes about design and travel, and is currently investigating designs for small spaces while renovating her tiny West London flat. She loves everything collapsible and responsive.