by Rachel on 21 Apr 2015
We are delighted that British lighting manufacturer Original BTC is to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade after achieving outstanding growth in export. Announced each year on 21st April - the Queen’s birthday - the awards recognise exceptional achievement in business and are the highest honour that can be bestowed on a UK company.
Established in 1990 by Peter Bowles (shown here with son Charlie, outside their Paris showroom), Original BTC began life as an Oxford-based home lighting brand and has evolved to become the Original BTC Group, with two further lighting brands, heritage marine lighting manufacturer Davey Lighting and LED lighting manufacturer Beadlight, under its umbrella. The Group exports 50% of its production, supplying both the retail and contract markets with an emphasis on the hotel, restaurant and aeronautical industries. With a family history steeped in retail, manufacturing and design, Bowles designs the Group’s products in conjunction with Charlie who became Director in 2012. Six UK production facilities include a metalworks, glassworks, and a Stoke-on-Trent bone china factory rescued from closure in 2002, ensuring that most elements of their lights are manufactured in-house from raw material to finished product.
“Winning a Queen’s Award is a huge honour for the entire team – it’s the highest accolade a company can receive in the UK. We’ve worked hard to produce high quality, well-designed, globally competitive lighting to show how successful British design and manufacturing can be,” says Peter Bowles.
by Cosmo Brockway on 15 Apr 2015
This little beauty, the new Hamsey armchair by Sofas & Stuff covered in Liberty's Patricia Spice fabric, is to be found at the brand's NEW showroom in Battersea. A striking converted railway arch, the new showroom is right on the edge of the beautiful Battersea Park and a hop and a skip over the river from design mecca Chelsea's Kings Road. Perfect for a post-brunch foray this Spring...
by Sophia on 13 Apr 2015
Dubbed the Scottish royal wedding, check out what we spotted this weekend at the Murray’s nuptials – Talking Tables’ new Blossom & Brogues garland! We were super excited to see the pretty floral garland adorning shops and streets in central Dunblane. Congratulations Kim and Andy!
by Cosmo Brockway on 09 Apr 2015
Indigo, cobalt, navy....it's blue, blue, blue everywhere we look in the interiors stratosphere at the moment. And we love it. Stylist Max Egger has conjured up a whimsical delight with his shoot for the May issue of World of Interiors and transformed Ian Mankin wallcoverings into glorious shades atop covetable lamp bases of various persuasions. Blue blazes!
by Sophia on 02 Apr 2015
There have been some sweet treats this week for the Portrait team! Jonathan Adler shared his design tips over a DPS with Ollie Stallwood in Metro’s ‘Moves’ supplement. Country Life’s bumper interiors special got the inside story on the new Sofas & Stuff Liberty-covered chair and Original BTC Globe lights, while Ian Mankin’s Kintyre Check was highlighted as a canine-friendly fabric of desire. ES magazine got a candy crush on Talking Tables’ treat bags. The Guardian Online served up some calorie-free treats with Steiff in an Easter gift guide. And finally, but certainly not least, the Metro foodie team ‘heart’ Wild & Wolf’s bright Mr Men & Little Miss egg cups – phew! Have a cracking Easter all, and we’ll see you on Tuesday 7th April.
by Cosmo on 01 Apr 2015
Peckham was the port of call for our latest Ian Mankin lifestyle shoot. Stylist Claudia Bryant whipped up a nautical smorgasboard of fresh blue and peony hues with summer dining and living given a dash of coastal, as well as sharp pink, red and black schemes for bedroom and kitchen - truly marvellous!
by Rachel on 01 Apr 2015
The clocks went forward, the sun came out, and all of us at Portrait Towers had a spring in our step... Especially when we saw this weekend's Sunday Times Home, with not one but two clients in this cheerful ode to the new season's collections. Sofas & Stuff's yellow Fowey sofa and Original BTC's yellow Titan pendant, created to celebrate its 25th anniversary, have definitely banished our winter blues. Not that we have anything against blue.
With thanks to Katrina Burroughs.
by Sophia on 19 Mar 2015
A big thank you to Country & Townhouse editor, Lucy Cleland, for the fabulous three page feature with our favourite American potter, designer and author, Jonathan Adler - this has truly made our week!
In the April issue, Jonathan shares his inside tips on everything from design and interiors to his must-visit shops and restaurants in his home city of New York, and across the pond here in London, where he has two stores. He even gave our locale, Notting Hill, a shout out, as a stop-off on his ‘perfect London day’!
by Rachel on 13 Mar 2015
Original BTC and Davey Lighting made the most of their Focus display window at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour by showcasing their superb range of Rise & Fall pendants - the workhorses of the lighting world. The display included bone china, prismatic glass, polished copper, brushed steel and polished aluminium pendants - a testament to the Original BTC Group's manufacturing skills here in the UK.
by Cosmo Brockway on 12 Mar 2015
Over 500 brands launched SS15 collections at London Design Week during the six-day event this week. Portrait were on hand with client Original BTC, who showcased their fabulous rise and fall lighting range, and enjoyed it all thoroughly.
With our trend-spotting hats firmly in place, we threw ourselves into the fray and noted the following themes - tropical and spring greens were in abundance alongside cool pastels and striking animal prints - in fact the whole building resembled a rather chic Noah's ark with topiary giraffes playfully adorning the atriums.
Best event award goes to the Masterpiece/World of Interiors party at the Design Club - we are already looking forward to the next round in September.