April 30, 2017

Q&A with Peter Bowles, Founder of Lighting Brand Original BTC

Peter Bowles, the founder and owner of British lighting brand Original BTC, talks about their new showroom opening in SoHo.

by New York Spaces

Walter Pendant, BTC Lighting Brand
Walter Pendant; Original BTC.
Peter Bowles, BTC
Peter Bowles.

NYS: When and where was Original BTC founded? What is the brand known for?

Peter Bowles: Original BTC was established in 1990 in Oxford England. The brand is best known for its original British designs that both are timeless and classic. Hand-assembled in the UK from the finest bone china, metal and glass, our table, floor, wall and pendant lights are instantly comfortable and elegant.

NYS: We are excited you are making a North American debut in SoHo this month! Why did you decide to come to New York?

Peter Bowles: I personally love New York and our designs have always been appreciated there. I also think that any company with serious global aspirations has to have a presence in New York.

NYS: What can we expect to see in the showroom and at ICFF?

Peter Bowles: You can expect to see our core range of products along with our latest designs and offerings on

Original BTC
Pine Wall Light; Original BTC.

display at our showroom and at ICFF. We're really excited to debut our new Fin Collection, which features beautiful bone china in organic forms and are also looking forward to showcasing wonderful new glass designs that are so pleasing to the eye.

NYS: Where are the designs produced and manufactured?

Peter Bowles: We sell very much a British-made product and produce all of our designs in the UK. We have our own bone china factory in Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of British ceramics, our glass factory just outside of Birmingham, and we also have our own metalwork factory in Birmingham, the heart of the British engineering. The lights are assembled in our factories near Oxford.

NYS: What materials make up a lot of BTC designs?

Peter Bowles: We work with three main materials: bone china, glass and metal. We are very well known for our blend and mix of materials and finishes that create our relaxed, at home feel.

Glass York Pendant; Original BTC.
Glass York Pendant; Original BTC.

NYS: What do you think separates BTC designs from other brands? Do you work with designers?

Peter Bowles: Original BTC is unique in its style, detail, mix of materials, longevity, and decorative functionality. Whilst beautifully made in the UK, the products are aspirational and affordable. All of our designs are created in house by myself and Charlie Bowles, Director of Original BTC, along with the in house design team. Whilst we love to design the lights,it also means that our lights all fit together and have the same family feel.

NYS: Do you have a particular favorite staple design at BTC? What is a new design you are very excited about?

Peter Bowles: Our Hector Range and Titan Range are personal favorites and Original BTC staples. This month in Milan, we also introduced our popular Fin pendant in a series of eye-catching groupings. Handcrafted from bone china ceramic, we've taken the material to its limits in production. This product was extremely difficult to create, as there are ten parts to the plaster mounds the shades are made from. The final product is a tactile organic form that is both intricate and delicate, illuminating any setting in groupings of three, five, or seven.

NYS: Where in SoHo can we find BTC?

Peter Bowles: The showroom is located at 56 Greene Street, between Broome and Spring—for us, this is the best location.

Fin Grouping; Original BTC
Fin Grouping; Original BTC.

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