Book now for our Toolbox Talk

Following the success of our Toolbox Talk in May, we continue our series of conversations on Wednesday October 14th between Interior Designers and companies who are experts in their craft, and who share our values and our love of making.

Our Toolbox Talks provide better knowledge and understanding of materials and skills in each area of excellence allowing more creative and effective commissioning.

Joining us will be Bill Amberg from Bill Amberg Studio and Rebecca Weir from Light.iQ, leather specialists and lighting design consultants respectively, who like us, believe in doing things properly. They will talk through the processes of their craft and what is necessary in their toolbox.

It is an informal day of talks with lunch provided and the opportunity to  tour the workshops and discuss specific projects with our experts in the afternoon.

Programme of Talks

Bill Amberg, from Bill Amberg Studio will take us though the qualities and aesthetics of leather, showing how interiors can be enhanced both thermally and acoustically as well as impacting upon the ambiance of space.  He will  advise on commissioning bespoke leather work helping you to make the best design and material choices.

Rebecca Weir,  Creative Director of Light IQ and past Lighting Specialist for House & Garden magazine, will take us through a journey of understanding light as a basic tool using case studies to demonstrate different light effects and the physical and emotional responses to light. This will be a valuable resource for interior designers looking for the confidence to integrate contemporary lighting practice into their projects.

Sean Sutcliffe from Benchmark will, share his in-depth knowledge of specialist metals & metal patination including zinc, copper and pewter, explaining their properties and the finishes that can be achieved so that you can commission effectively.


10:15  Coffee & welcome
10:45  Talks kick off
13:30  Lunch
14.00  Workshop tours and informal discussions.
15.00  Afternoon tea

Travel Arrangements

Benchmark is situated between Newbury and Hungerford and is easily accessible from the M4.  If travelling by train from London there is a direct line from Paddington to Kintbury.  There will be courtesy cars at Kintbury station meeting the 9.18am train from London, arriving 10.17am.  Return transport to the station will be available as required.

About our experts

Founded in London in 1986, the Bill Amberg Studio is dedicated to creative experiments in leathercraft. Comprising a pioneering group of designers and craftspeople and headed by Bill Amberg, the studio combines traditional leatherworking techniques with technological innovation to create leather interiors and objects with style and longevity. The Bill Amberg Studio is a global authority on architectural leatherwork, and its designs can be found in iconic hotels, commercial spaces and private residences all over the world.

Light.iQ is an award winning independent lighting consultancy, established in 2001 to provide innovative and inspirational lighting schemes for a wide range of architectural environments; from world-class restaurants, hotels and high-end retail to residential and landscape.  Rebecca Weir  has presented lectures at KLC School of Design, as well as at Grand Designs, Focus and Decorex and written numerous articles for leading interiors press.

Care to join us?

To secure your place on this Toolbox Talk, please email
We have just 50 seats available, on a first-come-first-served basis.





Posted on: 29th September, 2015 By: Benchmark Category: Events & Exhibitions