Bill Amberg unveils printed leather
The latest innovation from the designer offers a ground-breaking new product allowing graphic to be used on hides
Having spent the last two years perfecting a leather hide that accepts digital print perfectly, the designer Bill Amberg has finally cracked it: resulting in Bill Amberg Print.
Working only with superior quality European bull hides, the specialist printing technology gives a finer dye penetration to the skin than has never been achieved before. This offers the ability to produce printed leather on a scale and quality that has never been matched, making it ideal for use in interiors. (Amberg specifically envisages its use in commercial, hospitality, residential and marine projects.)
The hides are finished with a durable dressing that retains the grain and handle of the material. ‘The quality is something that should be seen and touched to be fully appreciated,’ enthuses Amberg.
To help him to explore this product to its fullest potential, Amberg has collaborated with a series of work-renowned designers including Tom Dixon, Faye Toogood, Timorous Beasties, Alexandra Champalimaud and Natasha Baradaran. Each has taken the concept and run with it – from Toogood’s graphic approach (main picture) to the to colourful ‘folded’ hide print produced by Timorous Beasties.
The collection will officially launch during London Design Festival this September, at Tom Dixon’s new space in the Kings Cross Coal Drops Yard development.