Homes & Gardens

Original BTC

An essential addition to any home owner's and interior designer’s address book.

Original BTC Group is really three companies for the price of one, as the group includes not only Original BTC, but Davey Lighting and Bowles & Bowles also. The Original BTC Group belongs to Peter Bowles, an early proponent of the industrial aesthetic. With an eye for detail, an instinct for quality and a deep love of British industry, Bowles is working hard to keep British manufacturing alive and kicking.


Original BTC offers a range of stylish and relaxed lighting solutions, from pendant lamps to floor lamps. Comfortable in both contemporary and more traditional interiors, these lights are handmade in the UK from aluminium, glass, chrome and bone-china. The ceramic pendant lamps (manufactured in Stoke-on-Trent) are particularly graceful, providing a delicate, ambient glow when illuminated and a calm elegance when switched off.


Davey Lighting began life in the dockyards of nineteenth century London, manufacturing marine lighting and hardware for some of Britain’s most famous vessels. Maritime manufacture may have diminished since then, but its seafaring heritage remains at the heart of this company’s lighting designs - with Bulkhead fittings, mast lights and step lights an integral part of their collection. Handcrafted from weathered brass and copper, polished aluminium, galvanised cast iron and shot blasted cast iron, these lights are strongly industrial in flavour, and are a great favourite with interior designers.


For this venture Peter has teamed up with his son, Charles Bowles. The result, Bowles & Bowles is a capsule launch collection of furniture, entirely made within the UK. The collection offers a contemporary twist on the use of wire mesh sheeting - inspired by school lockers that were originally made at the company’s metalworks in Birmingham. Each piece is made using the factory’s antique tools and original machinery - a respectful celebration of Britain’s manufacturing heyday and the use of traditional techniques. The Bowles & Bowles industrial aesthetic is expertly applied to Desks, tables, storage units and seating.

Original BTC Group is united by its passionate commitment to British craftsmanship, creativity and great design. Prices reflect the work that has gone into each item, but are not over the top. A treasure trove of lighting ideas and more, this is surely an essential addition to any interior designer’s address book.

April 2015