after founders Peter Bowles and son Charlie, Bowles & Bowles is a new
furniture brand from the house of Original BTC and Davey Lighting. With its
sense of purpose and stripped back aesthetic, Bowles & Bowles furniture is
characterised by functionality, quality of materials and best-of-British
craftsmanship. The 12-piece launch collection includes seating, storage and
tables inspired by the school lockers made at the groupís Birmingham metal
works. Bought originally to manufacture lighting
components and aid new product development, the Birmingham factory now also
specialises in metal fabrication for industrial usage.
piece is pressed, welded and folded in Birmingham using the factoryís antique
tools and original machinery. Steel wire is bent to create the outline of each
piece, held in place by a wooden jig. Individually cut mesh sheets, available
in either weathered copper or zinc, are spot-welded to the frame inch by inch, then
cut and smoothed by hand. Lockers and desks are finished with door catches
pressed from sheet steel using a traditional fly press, while desks and tables
are topped with smoked glass.
the goal of taking traditional manufacturing techniques and making them
relevant for todayís audiences, Bowles & Bowles has lifted wire mesh from
its humble roots. The father-and-son team have a track record in reinvigorating
British design and industry; having prevented the overseas sale of Davey
Lighting, they also continued to save a ceramics factory and glass works from closure.
orders for restaurants, bars and domestic design projects can be taken on
request. Further non mesh-based furniture collections will be launching in 2013.
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