British designer Bethan Gray set up her eponymous studio in 2008, producing hit after hit, for bespoke and retail projects. Her influences combine the East and the West – as does her family heritage. Gray enjoys working with tactile, luxurious natural materials such as semi-precious stones, marble, leather and wood.
Designs based on the contemporary and classical craft traditions of the East and West
Bethan Gray is a British designer who set up her own studio in 2008, producing both bespoke and retail projects, after working as head of furniture design for Habitat. Gray’s family heritage inspires her designs, which are often a combination of East and West influences. Her family originates from an ancient Rajasthani clan that over centuries migrated across Arabia and Persia before settling in Wales.
Bethan Gray’s signature style is a love of detail and working with tactile, luxurious natural materials, including semi-precious stones, marble, leather and wood that come together with an extensive knowledge of craftsmanship and cutting-edge manufacturing technologies. Thanks to her years as a designer she has worked closely with skilled craftspeople from all over the world, developing her eye for technique, the rare and the wonderful.
Gray graduated from De Montfort, with a degree in Three Dimensional Design, after which she was discovered by Tom Dixon in 1998 when he awarded her the prestigious New Designers Prize and it consequently led to her role at Habitat. Bethan Gray’s exquisite Private Collections can be seen in some of the world’s most prestigious stores, including Lane Crawford, Liberty and Harrods. She has since designed for retailers such as The Conran Shop and John Lewis and her work was recognised with the prestigious award of ‘Best British Designer’ in 2013/14. Her own design studio is committed to delivering outstanding products and projects and has a history of commercial success, from bespoke to retail, producing many best sellers.
Most recently Gray collaborated with Wallpaper* Handmade. The collection consists of a cake stand, bowls, candleholder, trivet nest, chopping board and cheese dome, with the glass of the cheese dome being produced by Rothschild & Bickers glassblowers, using age-old glassblowing techniques and traditional machinery.
Most Iconic Products
Known for her passion for luxurious natural materials, the smooth, round bowl, round charger and set of six coasters are the perfect example of the British designer’s approach to design. They are made out of beautifully combined green amazonite stone and black marble stripes and belong to Gray’s The Ruby Tree Collection.
Another collection that showcases Gray’s passion for luxurious natural materials such as solid wood, stones and leather, the Jali bowls are made out of intricately carved white or black marble. The two different styles play with perforation, transparency and opaqueness. Also belonging to The Ruby Tree Collection.
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