The Studio

Bill Amberg Studio has existed for over 30 years, and today stands as an industry leader in bespoke leather products, interiors and furniture. Bringing together artisans from the worlds of saddlery, case-making, bookbinding and other forms of fine leathercraft, the studio has a mission to explore the aesthetic and material possibilities of leather.

Our work runs the gamut from bags and accessories, through to timeless bespoke furniture and interiors for high-end private residences, commercial projects and cultural institutions around the globe.

 

Approach

Craft

Our team come to us from traditional craft disciplines – from case-making to saddlery, and everything in between. Sharing a desire to cross-train and a passion for fine leatherwork, we build on these remarkable skill-sets, repurposing diverse and historic techniques for use in contemporary leatherwork.

Design

Drawing on the idea of designing through making as the principle way of developing an object or product, the workshop is central to our Studio. This approach gives our designers a unique perspective on how to achieve the finest results – whatever the scale, size, scope and budget of a project.

Collaboration

Collaboration is at the heart of our business, from concept and design, through to delivery. Our clients approach us for our modern, considered aesthetic, and trust us to guide them through the making process, to produce innovative work that’s built to last a lifetime.

Bill Amberg

You could say, Bill Amberg was born into leather. Raised in Northampton – the centre of the British shoemaking industry – he was surrounded by the material throughout his childhood. His mother, an architect with a love of crafting, would pick up cobblers’ offcuts and scraps for him to practice on, so he became accustomed to handling knives, awls and needles from a young age.

A commission to create a bespoke leather floor for an architectural practice brought the Bill Amberg Studio formally into being in 1984. In the years that followed, Bill’s work in architecture and interiors grew in parallel with his bag design, eventually becoming the bulk of his business.

The Studio is now a global authority on architectural leatherwork, offering a full cycle of services relating to the integration of leather into interior spaces. Bill is a board member and trustee of Cockpit Arts and the National Leather Collection, an honorary Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers, and has honorary doctorates from UAL and the University of Northampton. He is involved in a host of mentor and social enterprises across the craft sphere.

The Bill Amberg name stands as a badge of quality and craftsmanship around the world. Bill’s iconic ‘Rocket Bag’ has been accepted into the permanent collection of London’s V&A and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

The Team

Clients

Commercial

  • AFSO - André Fu
  • AHMM
  • Barr Gazetas
  • Bloomberg London
  • Buckley Gray Yeoman
  • Candy & Candy
  • Carmody Groarke
  • Clifford Chapman
  • David Chipperfield Architects
  • Deborah Berke Partners
  • Derwent London
  • Eric Parry Architects
  • Foster + Partners
  • Fletcher Priest Architects
  • Formation Architects
  • Greenway Architects
  • Groupwork + Amin Taha
  • HOK
  • Gumuchdjian Architects
  • Mlinaric, Henry and Zervudachi (MHZ)
  • Michaelis Boyd
  • Oakley Capital
  • Piercy & Company
  • Pip Horne Studio
  • PLP Architects
  • Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)
  • Rundell Associates
  • Selldorf Architects
  • Sheppard Robson
  • Squire and Partners
  • Stiff + Trevillion
  • Studio Mackereth
  • TP Bennett
  • Vincent Van Duysen
  • Zaha Hadid Architects

Cultural Institutions

  • British Library
  • Hauser & Wirth
  • The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers
  • Rebecca Hossack Gallery
  • Royal Academy of Arts (RA)
  • Royal Ascot
  • Serpentine Sackler Gallery
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Wimbledon (AELTC)
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Hotels and Restaurants
  • The Berkeley Hotel
  • Claridge's Hotel
  • Chucs Restaurant
  • Corinthia Hotels
  • Hotel Café Royal
  • The Dorchester
  • Duck & Waffle
  • Hakkasan
  • The Langham
  • Mossiman's
  • The Savoy
  • Sushi Samba
  • Wagamama
  • Yauatcha

Lifestyle

  • Aberlour
  • Apple
  • Asprey
  • Aston Martin
  • Bolin Webb
  • Boodles
  • Celine
  • Christian Louboutin
  • Coach
  • Coutts
  • Ferrari F1
  • Grey Goose
  • Harrods
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Huawei
  • KX Gym
  • Leica Camera
  • Lufthansa
  • The Macallan
  • McLaren
  • Montblanc
  • NetJets
  • Patek Philippe
  • Paul Smith
  • Pentagram
  • The Rug Company
  • Selfridges
  • Skandium
  • Suntory
  • Tom Dixon
  • Yamazaki

Residential

  • Adam Hunter Inc.
  • Barry Fox Associates
  • Champalimaud Design
  • Chester Jones
  • Collett Zarzycki
  • David Collins
  • David Netto
  • Emma Rees Design
  • Faye Toogood
  • Fran Hickman
  • Gareth Neale
  • Francis Sultana
  • Finchatton
  • Geddes Ulinskas Architects
  • Jean-Louis Deniot
  • Luis LaPlace
  • Martin Kemp Studio
  • Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
  • Matthew Trustam Design
  • Peter Mikic
  • Retrouvius Reclamation and Design
  • Seymour Diamond
  • Shalini Misra
  • Studio Ashby
  • Studio Reed
  • Suzy Hoodless
  • Terence Disdale Design
  • TG Studio
  • Todhunter Earle
  • Veere Grenney Associates
  • Waldo Works
  • William Nickerson
  • Winch Design

“Bill Amberg is one of the most important and exciting people working in British craft today.”

Faye Toogood

- Creative Director

‘Forpeople are absolutely committed to craftsmanship, which is why we have enjoyed worked closely with Bill Amberg and his team since 2002. Bill Amberg has always been at the forefront of leather craftsmanship and we are proud, as a British design company to have worked together on numerous projects across automotive, airline, interior, furniture and product sectors. The work celebrates the beauty of leather and clearly showcases the talent of the Bill Amberg team.”

Richard Stevens,

- Creative Director