The Knepp Collection
The Rivet Stool draws on Bill Amberg Studio's experience and experiments into leather's capabilities. The Rivet Stool has no internal structure. It takes the material out of its expected context to produce a bold, lightweight, versatile, and robust item of furniture.
The leather, which has been vegetable-tanned by a small UK tannery, is from Knepp’s free-roaming longhorn cattle and the wood is from the estate’s ash dieback clearance. It has has been tanned using tree bark, and the surface finish is a simple wax. This allows a natural patination of the hides through use, and as the leather relaxes it will shape to form during use. The character of the hides has been retained by avoiding any surface finishing processes and natural marks on the skin have been included in the cutting to maximise the use of the entire hide and minimise wastage. All the fixings of the furniture are simple coach bolts and rivets, with brass washers to prevent staining. Due to use of a natural leather, variations in tone may occur from batch to batch. With care, natural leather will develop a unique and beautiful patina over time.
All items are handcrafted to order at Bill Amberg Studio’s workshop in London.
Our lead time is typically 6-8 weeks.