Bill Amberg Studio collaborated with Paris-based architecture studio Laplace and hospitality company Artfarm to create 30 leather-bound tables for Mount St. Restaurant. Situated above the newly refurbished Audley Public House in Mayfair, Mount St. brings together food and drink, craftsmanship and culture, in a space where site-specific artists’ commissions take centre stage. We had previously worked with Artfarm, owned by gallerists Manuela and Iwan Wirth, to create leather-topped tables and bar stools at the Roth Bar & Grill at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset.
For the Mount St. tables, a full vegetable-tanned analine leather was used which emphasizes leather’s natural qualities. Clients are often cautious about using vegetable-tanned leather because it can mark easily. But our clients remembered that the dark tabletops we created for the Roth Bar & Grill, while they initially picked up marks, had developed a beautiful patina over time. With regular use, the leather reaches a point where it is saturated and becomes reconditioned, much like the surface of a well-loved leather briefcase.