For a private London residence belonging to a leading industrial designer, Bill Amberg Studio have designed and installed a bespoke staircase made almost entirely from vegetable-tanned leather. The choice of material was at the request of the client whose knowledge in the design industry has given him a deep understanding of leather – a material which stands the test of time.
As it ages, the staircase wears in a similar way to that of a traditional wooden staircase, with areas smoothed away from constant use with indentations and imperfections adding character to the structure. Like wood, the leather surface chosen for these stairs will begin to tell its own story over time from constant daily use. Unlike chrome-tanned upholstery, vegetable-tanned leather will pick up burnish marks, go darker where it has been walked on, and become bleached from rays of sunlight, giving it life and character.