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 to feature something reminiscent of a reverse-waterfall that would form part of wall that rises up through a mezzanine apartment. They presented the design team with an item for visual reference, the team got busy exploring the form of waves and structural elements that would be key in making the idea a reality. A series of sketches, scale drawings and renderings allowed the key elements of the structure and form to come to life.

A series of models helps us to understand the structural elements of the design and also understand how the workshop team will need to work with the leather to form the desired finish. To fully understand how we would achieve the appearance of natural waves and a reverse waterfall like texture, we introduced the use of a CNC machine to produce exact moulds for a clear understanding of the design. It is at this point that the workshop team work on the moulds with leather, giving the complete impression of the clients’ idea.

The development of the design is just as intriguing as the making part; it allows us to explore the structural elements of leather and how we can incorporate it into contemporary forms, such as this.