Where British Heritage Meets Relaxed Contemporary
Established in 1990 by founder Peter Bowles – one of the first designers to capture the appeal of industrial styling – Original BTC transforms quality raw materials into modern day lighting fixtures that blend old with new. Its lighting designs feature everything from delicate bone china to the finest aluminum, copper, brass, and iron for a relaxed and familiar aesthetic that’s part mid-century with a dash of traditional. It’s a striking contrast – one that this highly-respected British heritage brand does so well.
All products in Original BTC’s collections are hand-crafted by skilled tradespeople and manufactured in six production sites in the United Kingdom. Aluminum shades and bases are hand-spun from sheet metal in the heart of the country’s metal-working industry and sent to Oxford for hand-assembly, while bone china shades are hand-cast in Stoke-on-Trent, a region famed for its centuries-old pottery trade. Such attention to detail goes into every piece and the results are spectacular.
Available often as an entire collection of lighting types, including suspension, wall, ceiling, table, and outdoor versions, Original BTC designs are ideal for hospitality projects that require a cohesive style throughout a space. Here’s a look at some of our favourite pieces in their collection:
Original BTC’s new Fin collection is made of bone china
Fin features a hand-crafted, genuine bone china shade that has been moulded into beautiful organic shapes, creating dramatic light and shade when lit. Available in floor, table, wall, ceiling, and suspension versions, this collection is ideal for hospitality and residential applications where the details of each piece, like the cotton braided cable or satin chrome stems and bases, can be appreciated. We especially love Fin suspended in clusters at various heights – it’s a stunning focal point in any room.
The new Walter lighting collection is pure industrial elegance
Striking and masculine with a cool 1960s vibe, Walter offers a timeless, classic appeal to both residential and hospitality spaces. Crafted from industrial materials, including satin brass and copper, these lights contrast perfectly with opal and anthracite glass shades for a strong, moody look. And like all Original BTC collections, Walter doesn’t skimp on the details. We love the dimmer switches on the table lights, matching ceiling roses on the pendants, and the black cotton braided cables that are functional, yet beautiful.
Original BTC’s Titan collection is a classic shape ideal for homes and hospitality projects
If you fancy large-scale industrial style pendants, Titan is sure to please. With six sizes to choose from (ranging from 14” to 22” in diameter) in bright and earthy colours with gold, bronze, and white interiors, these lights are great in restaurants and cafes, but are also well-crafted enough for homes. We particularly love Titan grouped over an island in twos or threes. There is also an optional etched glass visor, which helps to prevent glare and provides a softer, more diffused light.
Ship’s Well Collection
The Ship’s Well lighting collection evokes Great Britain’s maritime history
One look at Ship’s Well and it’s hard not to be transported back to Great Britain’s rich maritime history. Authentic in its design, each piece in this collection looks like it was plucked from a seafaring vessel or salvaged from an old shipyard. We love the great industrial style of this collection, which is available in pendant, hook light, table, and wall versions – some of which are suitable for outdoor applications. Choose from weathered or polish brass, or sleek chrome for a timeless look.
The new Stanley pendant lights come in a variety of metals and look great in a linear composition
Hand-spun in Birmingham, Stanley is an excellent industrial pendant available in a range of metals – brass (a showroom favourite), nickel plated, copper, and even black nickel. Available in three sizes, choose from a smooth reflective finish or opt for the hand-hammered texture. We love these grouped together for a dramatic effect, or mixed and matched for a laid-back, eclectic look.
Original BTC’s new Chester lighting collection is available as wall, table, and floor lights
Inspired by 1960s design, Chester is a modern, clean-lined collection of metal wall, table, and floor lights. We love this design for its industrial look, but it’s well-crafted enough to be used in bedrooms, offices, and living rooms. All lights are available in satin copper or satin brass and feature a stainless-steel base and black cotton braided cable – a nice contemporary, but practical detail.
The Hampton lighting collection is made of blown glass and fitted with ceramic and weathered brass fittings
The Hampton collection is crafted using an original blend of quality materials and finishes. Classic opal glass is hand-blown and combined with ceramic and weathered brass fittings for a look that’s nautical in nature – a nod to Britain’s marine naval ships. Available in a range of sizes and lighting types, including pendant and wall versions, Hampton is IP rated, making it an ideal choice for indoor and outdoor applications, including bathrooms, exterior porches, and hallways. We especially love them grouped together for added impact.