Selwood Chair in Douglas Fir

Bill Amberg Studio

The Selwood Chair is designed by Bill Amberg, one of the most respected names in contemporary British leathercraft and founder of his eponymous studio. With respect and passion for his local woodland, the collection is a dedication to the ancient Selwood Forest. The Selwood collection is designed to stand the test of time - traversing generations and becoming part of the rich, venerable saga of the woodland. Amberg says: “I‘m interested in the lifespan, repairability and durability of a product. It’s important that we make things that will have a very long life and can be easily repaired if needed.” These exclusive pieces created for The New Craftsmen are a culmination of Bill’s experience, expertise and exacting eye.

Due to use of a natural leather, variations in tone may occur from batch to batch. With care, natural leather will develop a unique and beautiful patina over time.

This chair is also available in oak and with custom leather, please enquire for further details.

Material: Douglas fir wood, leather
cm: Width 78cm, Depth 83cm, Height 70cm (seat height 38cm)
inches: Width 30.7in, Depth 32.7in, Height 27.6in (seat height 14.96in)
Care Instructions Wipe clean with a dampened lint-free cloth.

Lead Time: 6-8 weeks


The Selwood Chair began with Amberg’s idea of a very minimal structural shape crafted from Douglas Fir, felled local to him in Somerset, with minimal intervention. It was inspired by the desire to truly maximise the use of the tree; utilising every part without overworking it, as trying to control it wastes an enormous percentage of the actual tree. For the seat, Bill developed a leather pad using an entirely natural fill made from organic coir and wool, to give a feeling of balance and support that foam doesn’t provide. He opted for thick saddle flank leather which has been drummed to both soften and raise its natural grain. The result is an elemental yet exquisitely constructed piece of furniture with a nod to Japanese joinery and architecture. With no visible fixings, the chair is beautifully made, cleverly made, simply made, with poetic robustness.
The Maker Bill Amberg Studio Designer & Craftsman - London

Bill Amberg is a designer and craftsman, and founder of leatherwork practice Bill Amberg Studio. His eponymous studio has existed for over 30 years, and is regarded as a leading force in British craft, from bespoke leather accessories, through to timeless furniture and interiors for private residences, commercial projects and cultural institutions around the globe. Bringing together artisans from the worlds of saddlery, case-making, bookbinding and other forms of fine leathercraft, the studio has a mission to explore the aesthetic and material possibilities of leather. The Studio is now a global authority on architectural leatherwork, offering a full cycle of services relating to the integration of leather into interior spaces.