Since taking part in the 30 Day Challenge this month and spending time focusing on my personal interiors style, I've become aware of my ever increasing desire for tough, industrial style lighting. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to start replacing my blousy, feminine fabric lampshades, but I have realised the importance of mashing it up a bit. There's plenty of ceilings, walls, surfaces and nooks in everyone's home to integrate a variety of lamps, in my view too much mitchy matchy, samey samey is a pretty dull and boring. Lighting that's flexible where you can create pools of light that fall onto and highlight personal items or drop over your shoulder whilst reading a book and can be picked up and moved elsewhere for a change is very beneficial.
I was aware in a subliminal sense of Original BTC as I love their Task and Primo table lights and their Stanley copper pendant light but I had not realised who the company was or extent of their range until I sourced their stripey Circle Line pendant for my bedroom, a couple of rather lovely bone china lamps which are currently on my wishlist until I book an electrician to come and install a new circuit for me.
Original BTC are a UK company that was established in 1990. Their stuff is all produced, hand assembled and painted in Oxford and Stoke-on-Trent. What's rather lovely is that, according to the company's product information, the stripes of the Circle Line pendant are painted in the Stoke-on-Trent factory by a lady called Carol. To me, knowing the identity of the assembler and having an insight into how a product is created is very appealing feature. You can read more about the history of Original BTC and the founder Peter Bowles here.
Here's my selection of OBTC favourites:
Have a fun weekend lovelies. I'm off to a disco tonight for a local Dyslexia charity, the roller boots are staying at home.