This luminaire marries age-old English craftsmanship with contemporary techniques – SURFACE

Peter Bowles has an eye for detail: as a child, he watched the machines in his father’s factories meet their specifications; as a young man, he worked the line at a French culinary manufacturer. He eventually returned to his native UK and in 1990 started the lighting company original BTCquickly found success by rethinking even the most complex details, in this case the plastic flex of the suspensions, which he swapped for a chic cotton braid that has become the brand’s signature.

Its latest offering, the Pebble Pendant, continues the legacy of Original BTC while pushing the boundaries of modern production. Its graceful hue, with a simple repetition of organic shapes, seems self-contained. In fact, it’s a union of some 48 shapes in three understated designs. These ‘pebbles’ are 3D resin printed at Original BTC’s studio in the Cotswolds market town of Witney, before heading north for a few hours to the company’s heritage porcelain factory in Stoke. -on-Trent to be biscuit baked for a matte textured patina. .

The soft porcelain discs are then fixed to the brass frame and the ceiling rosette. “We worked with a specialist bespoke cable maker in Yorkshire to create the 450mm diameter frame,” says Original BTC manager Charlie Bowles, son of Peter. “The frame is geometrically tuned to ensure that the interlocking pebbles do not touch and allow the bulb to be seen directly.” And the classic cotton braided cable, in grey, completes the fixture, also available as a flush mount – another example of how small touches have a big impact.

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