Bill Amberg was the first ever guest on the Material Matters podcast. The renowned leather designer is arguably best known for his bags but over the years he has increasingly worked on architectural projects with the likes of David Chipperfield at the RA and MUMA at Westminster Abbey. He is a master of his craft and a really good bloke to boot.
In this episode we talked about his upbringing in Northampton (did you know his mum used to work with Alvar Aalto?), learning his trade in Australia, forging a business in London during the ’80s, his love of architecture, and, most importantly, his life-long relationship with leather.
Oh we also had a quick chat about how he ended up working on oil rigs in the North Sea. You can find out more about Bill and his extraordinary studio here: www.billamberg.com