We come across a lot of fabrics, wallpapers, furniture, all sorts of things that we see a place for in clients’ homes, things we like, things we admire.
And every now and then we find things we really want for ourselves. That’s what happened when we visited the Original BTC showroom in London’s Chelsea Harbour.
Original BTC were formed by Peter Bowles, a man taken with the elegance of industrial design and steeped in the tradition of production in places like Stoke on Trent, where BTC have a factory producing their bone china and Birmingham, where their copper and brass lights are produced.
They are looking for a US distributor but will ship to the States now.
There is an enduring elegance that comes from design which follows function, and our favourite pieces are those which are closest to the industrial elements which provide the inspiration.
That said, we love the whimsy behind the “Tea” range, inspired by the 1930s tableware that was originally produced by what is now BTC’s Stoke on Trent factory, we covet the “Drop” range which, we agree, would make a statement above any dining table or entrance hall and we have completely fallen for the warmth of the brass and copper hammered “Stanley” lights.
And one more thing, notice the cord? It’s a lovely woven cotton braid, none of that perfunctory plastic cable here!
Feel free to download the Original BTC catalogue, which will provide you with endless lighting inspiration.
The Drop Range. Matt or gloss, a great statement piece. And then, someone’s cup of tea? How about these for English whimsy?
This is what I personally fell in love with. Part of the Stanley range in solid brass, Of course that also means I need a bigger kitchen!
And, then, for a new addition to the BTC range, the London, I need a tidier office!