In his presentation, “Leatherworking techniques and contemporary design”, Ingrams, a respected leather artisan, will talk about his approach to leather craftsmanship and why it is a special material for him. Furthermore, he will provide an overview of his collaboration with Lexus, which saw him create a bespoke seat for the car manufacturer and which was captured in the short movie “In Search of Takumi – Leather”, outlining the design process involved in this project as well as key considerations around leather as a material.

About the presenter

Ingrams is considered one of the best young leather artisans in Britain. As a leatherworker and designer, he focuses on interiors, furniture and product design, predominantly working with traditionally tanned leathers and craftwork. He set up Otzi Studio in 2014 after working at Bill Amberg Studio as an apprentice. Otzi was set up to create timeless, functional and durable pieces which people engage with on a daily basis. He favours simplistic designs, executed using honest materials and with a high level of craftsmanship, resulting in objects with integrity that endure the test of time. The studio works mainly with vegetable and oak bark tanned leathers from the UK and Europe and tries to mix them into contemporary designs.