If you live in the UK or are into the design scene over here, you might have heard about furniture designer Bethan Grey. If not, start taking notes now, because you’re going to love this.
Bethan Grey is a Welsh designer who graduated in the 1990′s and was immediately employed by Terence Conran’s Habitat, where she spent several years designing some of the brand’s most popular and iconic pieces. She eventually became Design Director, before leaving to launch her eponymous label in 2008. Since then, she’s become somewhat of an industry darling, and on her way to becoming a household name in her own right.
Grey’s contemporary furniture designs are rooted in craftsmanship and a respect for materials, and collaborations with brands like John Lewis, Crate & Barrel and Wallpaper* magazine have brought her vision to new audiences.
I’m a huge fan of her Carve range of tables, a collaboration with fellow Habitat alum Thomas Turner. I first saw them at Clerkenwell Design Week two years ago, and immediately put one of the oak and white marble coffee tables on my “someday” shopping list.
Somewhat more affordably, Grey has also collaborated with UK department store John Lewis, a partnership resulting in some beautiful oak furniture and some seriously lust-worthy lighting. I mean, just look at that table lamp.
I’m curious– are you fan? And what would you think about a new series around here, looking at UK furniture and textile designers?