Ten Years of the London

Launched in 2009, the British-made London was the first light designed by Charlie Bowles, son of founder Peter Bowles. Today, the London is one of our best-selling designs. Assembled by hand at our Oxfordshire headquarters, it features a spun aluminium semi-sphere shade with a solid chromed base. Matching cotton braided flex is woven through the curved chrome arm for a neatly tailored finish. 

"My inspiration came from two of my favourite movements: mid-century Scandi and the Bauhaus. Clean and logical, the Bauhaus appeals to me both aesthetically and intellectually. Far from being simply a product design movement, the Bauhaus explored the science and aesthetics of design. The great Bauhaus names placed huge value on lighting, its impact on atmosphere and effect on perception and behavior.” 

“For both Peter and I, when we design, we think about how lighting can create emotion, a sense of wellbeing or a particular mood. To me, the London means business – it’s smart and functional, as well as being pleasing to the eye. We use the phrase ‘fit for purpose’ to describe our designs and the London is just that. When I sit down at my desk and switch it on, I’m ready to focus.”  Director Charlie Bowles 

From assembling the brand’s iconic Hector collection and working on the stand at Maison et Objet as a teenager to designing and launching the Original BTC website and brochure whilst studying Product Design, Charlie became Director of Original BTC in 2012. He quickly immersed himself in all areas of the business, from design and manufacturing to sales, marketing and launching the showrooms, but the designing of the London remains a career highlight.

“Like the Hector, Titan and Stanley, the London is now one of our signatures and has more than earned its place within our catalogue of timeless British lighting designs.”  Peter Bowles


Come and see our range of London lights at Unit 228, 2nd Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour!