The history and ethos of Original BTC lighting is a great story, Founded by peter Bowles in 1990 he was one of the first designers to capture he appeal of industrial style lighting. Read more.
All original BTC lights are designed and made in Britain helping maintain and provide jobs in the UK’s manufacturing industry. It would have been an easy option for them to move manufacturing abroad and produce the lights in the Far East but this takes away from the tradition and the pride and love that is put in to each model.
When the factory that produced the ceramic shades for their original btc wall lights, table lamps and ceiling lights was under threat of closure, Peter decided to buy the factory and keep on all the staff. The factory is based in Stoke on Trent the heart of the UK’s ceramic producing industry.
The process for each shade is highly skilled and labour intensive,. Clay is mixed with water and then put in to moulds. Once the moulds are set they are split and left to set for 24 hours to dry out. They are then smoothed with sponges to remove any lines and imperfections. The items are then biscuit fired and brushed again, this sounds tasty! The final stage is they are dipped in glaze then gloss fired for beautiful fine bone china white finish.
The metal factory is based in Birmingham and each piece again is hand crafted there is so much detail, skill and craftsmanship in each model. A design 55 particular favourite is the Stanley shade and theOriginal BTC Titan pendant light .
Original BTC lighting is now a world-renowned brand and a great British success story with 70% off their lights now being sold overseas. Their range includes, table lamps, desk lamps, wall lights, pendant lamps.
Original BTC is a firm favourite amongst Design 55 staff, we are proud to stock this great British company and also support the British manufacturing industry. Close.