From Bauhaus via Art Deco and mid-century the inspiration of Bert Frank’s lighting is not only in its striking design cues, but engineering excellence born from a lighting factory of over 50 years in the industrial quarter of Birmingham, England. Founded by Adam Yeats and Robbie Llewellyn in 2013 this trend-setting young brand is making a name for contemporary cool with stunningly chic table lamps with a weightily solid brass execution that lets the details shine their crisp quality through and proclaims them head and shoulders above lesser imitations.
Solid and simple forms that eschew an elegance as if wafted from the Art Deco era mixed with a Bauhaus design ethos of beauty simple form genius akin to Marianne Brandt and brought bang up to date with an industrial-chic and such superb attention to detail that is now the hallmark of Bert Frank.
This award-winning lighting brand has only been in establishment since 2013 and yet operating with the credibility of the best of British metal industry from the heartland of a 50-year-old factory in Birmingham along with its generations of master craftsmen. The quality and accuracy of each tiny pinhole or turned switch is more than evident in the execution of these beautifully curated pieces showing the love that these artisans carefully bestow upon each weighty product. The two founders, Robbie Llewellyn and Adam Yeats both from credible lighting backgrounds saw the gap in the market and realized their design and production potential with no-compromises on the quality mantra. This shows in early hit products like the Riddle Wall Light with its pinhole brass shade. Their Pendant light collection is such that they cross-boundary styles from loft apartment chic to Victorian renovations or barn conversions with Skandi cool all with ease.
They have quickly built a reputation and caught the eye of key design professionals and therefore sadly others copy. Whilst some may try to imitate, these cheaper comparables are easily dismissed as far inferior pieces – often recognizable within a picture alone. Make no mistake, to own an original is a rewarding pleasure with mesmerizing details and high-quality materials.