Bill Amberg Studio and SAVOIR beds collab
For a collab to work, everyone involved should work for the same goal. This doesn't mean that everyone needs to have the same skills or use the same techniques, but that the collaboration happens as a conversation, with the participation and desire to build together.
When Bill Amberg accepts teamwork, it's nothing like "it has to be like this, please, do it for me." It's a group of people who master different techniques coming together to do their best, building non-stop and learning from each other.
Working with Savoir was like that, the authority on leather designs co-creating with the authority on bed designs. Using digitally printed leather, they crafted Sky and Ocean, a combination of modern aesthetic, advanced printing in leather, and ancestry craftsmanship for a fresh update to a classic piece of furniture.
We asked Amberg about this duality between modernism and tradition that is very present in his work, especially in the innovative digital printing technique developed over time. We also talked about how he finds balance between the use of cutting-edge technology with classic leather in designs, such as in his recent collaboration with SAVOIR beds.
"It's a bit like learning to draw, you know? If you know how to draw with a pencil and a piece of paper, then drawing on a computer is much easier. But they both have their use and their function. And I think that's the same with techniques."
"If you know all the techniques, from bookbinding saddlery to case making and upholstery, then you're not in any way held back by them. They just become like the foundations of your knowledge. And then you can put on the top of that new idea, new stuff. That's what makes us interesting, that's what makes us unique, I suppose, in terms of what companies are doing with leatherwork."
"It's good to mix new technologies with traditional techniques. The techniques aren't an anchor, they're not holding us back. They are just something that has become second nature. Look at dance, if you know the basic moves, then you can dance anything. It's kind of the same idea. If you understand the traditional basic, beautiful things that have been learned for centuries, and you understand them really really well, and you can do them really really well, then everything is easier. You just play, you can just play in future ideas, that's so nice."
Sky and Ocean carry all that knowledge, the mixture of technology with handcrafting and Amberg's boldness always taking risks in making something new. The result is natural shapes, like a watercolor gradient symbolizing changes over time. Sky moves between the lightest and darkest tones, day and night. Ocean imitates the movement of waves, calm and agitated. These effects are only possible when all these skills, applying sprays, digital reproductions, and printing on leather are brought together.
Never stop discovering, rediscovering, and trying new techniques. This is what makes Bill Amberg unique in what he does.
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