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Bill Amberg invited to judge London College of Fashion industry project

Second year students from the BA Cordwainers Bags and Accessories course at London College of Fashion were asked to base their industry project on Bill Amberg.  Their brief was to echo the Bill Amberg aesthetic and exacting standard of finish to create a truly beautiful, small piece that achieves a high level of craftsmanship. Asread on

Behind the Scenes at the Leathersellers’ Hall with Eric Parry and Bill Amberg

Here is a sneak-peak inside the newly opened Leathersellers' Hall.  Bill Amberg speaks to architect Eric Parry about the building as well as the architectural leatherwork that Bill Amberg Studio was fortunate enough to create. Bill Amberg Studio 2 Lonsdale Road, NW6 6RD For media and press queries, please contact Charlotte: press@billamberg.com | T. +44 (0)20read on

Join Bill Amberg in the Wilderness

Bill and his team to host leather workshops at The Haus of Victorinox during Wilderness Festival

As part of this year’s Wilderness Festival line-up, Bill Amberg and his team of craftspeople will present a leather workshop, giving festival goers the chance to create an elegant and enduring sunglasses case that’s perfect for all your everyday and unexpected adventures! The workshop will form part of a series of events curated by Hole & Corner for the Haus of Victorinox from 3rd – 6th August.

Designed by Bill especially for the event the sunglasses case is elegantly formed from two folded pieces of hide and joined by three simple rivets, then personalised with your initials making it totally unique.  The case is the perfect introduction to traditional leatherworking techniques such as edge bevelling, polishing and riveting as well as being a great souvenir of the festival.  The team of artisans teaching these techniques draw from the age-old disciplines of case making, saddlery and bookbinding – often using tools and methods that have remained unchanged for centuries – in-order to deliver beautiful contemporary leatherwork that lasts. Here at Bill Amberg Studio, we harness the best of one of nature’s most versatile and adaptable resources with an unrivalled creativity in a host of different ways and invite festival-goers to come and experience this ancient material up close.

This is the fifth year running that Victorinox, makers of the Original Swiss Army Knife, return to Wilderness.  The Haus of Victorinox will play host an inspiring collective of workshops and artistic talent for the festival including Felix Immler and Kyle Bean amongst many others. From crafting to paracording, the Victorinox experience will provide attendees with the tools and skills to be prepared for your everyday adventures.

Click here to book your free place –  we hope to see you there.

Bill Amberg Studio
2 Lonsdale Road,
NW6 6RD

For media and press queries, please contact Charlotte:

press@billamberg.com | T. +44 (0)20 8960 2000

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Bill Amberg on creating the Bolin Webb wash bag

Collaborating with Bolin Webb, a design-led male grooming brand, Bill Amberg has created a distinctive and desirable wash bag that appeals to the discerning traveller. We had a chat with Bill about where the design concept for the wash bag came from. How did the conversation with Bolin Webb start?  Bolin Webb wanted to bringread on

Our First Project

Bill Amberg masterclasses at Clerkenwell Design Week. On 23–25 May, the Bill Amberg Studio is making its Clerkenwell Design Week debut, joining a host of illustrious craft brands for Project – the festival’s dedicated furniture, lighting and surface exhibition. For three days, we’ll be in the glorious gardens of St James Church, with a veryread on

Books, Bags, Bowls and Bill

Looking back at London Craft Week. The dust has settled, the stands have been cleared and the craftsmen are all back in their workshops, but the legacy of our London Craft Week show at the Leathersellers’ livery hall looks set to last. It was the first time in decades that such a large group ofread on

Putting on a show: London Craft Week

Putting on a show: landmark leatherwork for London Craft Week We’re very excited to announce that Bill Amberg and the Leathersellers’ Company have joined forces to present a landmark new exhibition for London Craft Week – the first of its kind for 50 years. On 4–6 May, 14 of Britain’s finest independent artisans working inread on

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We’re Hiring – Senior Leatherworker at Bill Amberg Studio

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team of Bill Amberg Studio, a well known design workshop specialising in bespoke leather interiors and products. THE ROLE  As Senior Leatherworker, the person will be expected to effectively run architectural and product projects to the highest quality and standard appropriate to the luxury brand, both inread on

Bill gets Listed by Robert Elms on BBC Radio London

Bill Amberg joins Robert Elms on BBC Radio London to take part in his weekly segment, Listed Londoner. This week, Bill Amberg took to the airwaves on the Robert Elms show to answer the 15 famous on the show’s weekly segment; Listed Londoner. The show, which sees Robert Elms invite a notable Londoner, gave Billread on

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Alchemy by Bill Amberg Studio: experiments with Leather & Concrete

For London Design Festival 2016, Bill Amberg Studio presents Alchemy; a series of panels that explore the material properties of leather and concrete. Continually using leather in innovative and unconventional ways, the Bill Amberg Studio presents a series of panels that explore the unique qualities of two highly varying materials: leather and concrete. The combination of these materialsread on

Shoot for the Moon: the Rocket Bag Relaunches

It is the bag that brought the Bill Amberg name to public attention and now, almost 30 years since its first appearance, the Rocket Bag relaunches. If there’s one bag that can be said to have brought the Bill Amberg name to public attention and launched his global career as a leather craftsman, it’s theread on

A bespoke leather floor for Selfridges men’s shoe salon

Within the course of two months, Bill Amberg Studio designed and installed a 280 sqm bespoke leather floor for Selfridges new men’s shoe department. Here, we reveal how we did it. Opened in 2012, at over 15,000 square feet and featuring over 250 brands, the Selfridges men’s shoe department is one of the first ofread on

AGEING GRACEFULLY

Of all the materials humans use in their everyday lives, leather probably tells the most stories. Like every organic material, leather matures over time, developing intriguing new characteristics as it ages. This is the patina – the weathered look and supple texture that results from the leather’s interaction with the world around it. Patination isread on

Adding Elegance on Clerkenwell Green: The Buckley Building

Working in collaboration with Derwent London and Buckley Grey Yeoman architects, the Bill Amberg Studio had the opportunity of working on the interiors for 49 Clerkenwell Green, otherwise known as The Buckley Building. The 85,100 sq ft refurbishment sits in this diverse neighbourhood in Clerkenwell; an area that has grown dramatically over the years andread on

Bill Amberg Studio at Port Eliot 2016 with Hole & Corner magazine

We are happy to announce the Bill Amberg Studio team will be making our second appearance at Port Eliot in Cornwall from 28th – 31st July as part of the Maker’s Tent run by Hole & Corner magazine. On offer will be a long weekend full of workshops, demonstrations and talks that offer festival-goers theread on

Bill Amberg Studio’s Top Five from Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

This year's Clerkenwell Design Week took visitors on a much more adventurous tour of the district with a variety of new venues, dynamic installations and a wealth of design inspiration.  At Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 we saw contemporary design and traditional craft go hand in hand; a reassuring sign that both can work well, especially when theyread on

Functional design: eclectic hospitality furniture for Sushisamba, London

Here at the Bill Amberg Studio, we take pride in working to unique and challenging briefs that push the boundaries of  designing with leather. One such project was developing hospitality furniture for the highly acclaimed Sushisamba restaurant in London. The task here was to come up with a series of furniture that makes use of theread on

California Calling: Bill Amberg Studio now open for business in The Golden State

We are delighted to announce that from June 2016, the Bill Amberg Studio’s range of bespoke leather handrails and rugs along with two furniture collections will be available in California, USA. As an antidote to products being mass produced through factory chains, designers are seeing the benefits of introducing handcrafted pieces into the home. Theread on

The Stack Screen for Hotel Wallpaper, Milan 2016

For the second year running, Bill Amberg Studio were invited by Wallpaper magazine to design and make a custom product for Milan design week. For this year's showcase, the publication invited leading designers, artists and manufacturers come together with one-off collaborations for Hotel Wallpaper, creating a veritable feast of design excellence. Even now, having worked withread on

The story behind the Earth & Fire table tops for Tom Dixon, Milan 2016

Having worked with the Tom Dixon Design Research Studio over the years, Bill Amberg Studio were once again invited to partner up for another design showcase. For Fuorisalone 2016, we were asked to design and make the table tops for two of the four element-themed dining halls at The Restaurant, presented by Caesarstone and Tom Dixon. The teamread on

Bill Amberg Studio at Milan 2016

We are happy to announce that Bill Amberg Studio will be appearing at the Milan Fuorisalone from 11 to 17 April with two very unique and exquisite design showcases. An authority on leather design, here at Bill Amberg Studio, we develop cutting-edge techniques to bring this ancient material into contemporary context, from interiors to productread on

Imprints in the ink: the Gator rug by Bill Amberg

An intimate evening provided the ideal backdrop for Bill Amberg to introduce Gator; a subtle and refined pattern taken directly from the print of an alligator skin. On the evening, we invited Kelvyn Smith of Smiths Rules to present a live demonstration; creating a print from the actual alligator skin ‘plate’ used for the Gatorread on

exploring the properties of leather as a three-dimensional material

The lobby area of this pioneering new office, retail and residential development in Central London gave the Bill Amberg Studio an excellent opportunity to explore and showcase the properties of leather as a three-dimensional material. Working with project architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the studio created an undulating wall of leather that mimicked the building’sread on

Creating texture and depth at the davidson building

Around 10 years ago, the Bill Amberg Studio designed and installed a leather wall and reception desk in the foyer of Southampton Row’s Davidson Building. Both were still going strong, but the owners and developers, Derwent London (a long-standing Bill Amberg collaborator), asked us to return to the space to help give the interiors anread on

Doctor, Doctor

I received an honorary doctorate from the UAL – University of Arts: London – last week at the Festival Hall, which was very exciting and a real honour. This was a tribute to everyone at the studio, those who have supported me for over 30 years now, and, of course, friends and family.

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Port Hole (& Corner)

Based in Cornwall, Port Eliot Festival is a wonderfully relaxed festival for the whole family based around a fun mix of literature, music, making and general creativity in what are the wonderful grounds of a magnificent house by the River Tiddy. It takes place from July 30th to August 2nd and this year, Bill Amberg Studioread on

Adding functionality to a classic leather basket

A constantly evolving design, the leather basket has been in production for several years, with its robust and versatile properties, it is ideal for use for storing anything from firewood to magazines and newspapers. We were approached by a private client who required a storage box for their children’s toys, which required easy manoeuvrability.  Alwaysread on

Bill Amberg Studio at Work It for The Art Room

London based art consultancy Fair & Co invited artists, architects and designers to transform the iconic Ernest Race BA2 chair for the Work It exhibition held at Selfridges, Oxford Street from 30 April to 11 June 2015. A joint collaboration between Fair & Co and the Duchess of Cambridge’s charity, The Art Room, which offers art as therapeuticread on

A beautiful & functioning bespoke leather apron

Bill Amberg was requested to design and make a one-off bespoke apron; here at the studio we work on many such one-off requests, so we accepted the challenge with a lot of enthusiasm. An apron is the first product we were asked to create, especially as it was an apron for the kitchen. The keyread on

Understanding leather: working from render to recreate water ripples

Here at Bill Amberg Studio, it is common practise for clients to approach us with unusual and unconventional ideas. These are not only welcomed, but both the designers and workshop team rise to the occasion of working on something that challenges our work with leather. A client recently came to us with an idea toread on

Long shelf life: reworking a favourite

A collaborator and loyal fan of our leather work, property developer John Shayer of 800 Group  got in touch with the Bill Amberg Studio to commission a new piece for his home. We first collaborated with Shayer when we had a shop in operation, based in Westbourne Grove. Previously, he bought a pair of consoleread on