I’m secretly somewhat of a design enthusiast so when I heard about an exciting new collaboration between design studio Timorous Beasties, and master craftsman, Bill Amberg launching at the London Design Festival this month, I had to find out more.
Along with Tom Dixon, Faye Toogood, Alexandra Champalimaud and Natasha Baradaran, Timorous have adorned whole leather hides with their iconic ‘Omni Drips’ pattern. Printed onto a series of five square metre European bull hides using never-before-seen advanced digital printing technology and applied on a luxurious scale, the pieces are intended for use in commercial, hospitality, residential and marine projects.
With over 30 years in the leather industry, Bill Amberg’s broad and in-depth knowledge of this material positions him uniquely to oversee the creation of the world’s most coveted upholstery leathers.
Working with only superior quality European bull hides, the specialist digital printing technology has been refined over the course of three years, to give a much finer dye penetration to the skin. The hides are then finished with a durable dressing that retains the grain and handle of the material.
Combining the natural character of the leather, with a colourfast and robust printed design, the product has a utility that stretches beyond its traditional upholstery functions, to bespoke furniture and a wide range of interior architectural uses.
“The wonderful alchemy of some of the world’s most prestigious designers combined with a printed leather that for the first time brilliantly illustrates the natural characteristics of the material I love, is something I’m so excited to share”, says Bill. “The quality is something that should be seen and touched to be fully appreciated.”
All the hides will be displayed for the first time during London Design Festival at Tom Dixon’s new King’s Cross HQ, The Coal Office, as part of Tom Dixon’s ELECTROANALOGUE gathering of digital innovations.