Design Insider had the opportunity to sit down with design duo Robbie Llewellyn and Adam Yeats of Bert Frank to discuss their latest collaboration with BCFA Members Decca.
Can you tell us how you both got into design?
I (Robbie) studied product design at university but have always been interested in design and how things worked, as a kid I was convinced I was going to have a career styling supercars, that didn’t quite pan out. After university, I ended up working in an antique lighting showroom, here I was exposed to some of the best examples of lighting through the ages and absorbed the knowledge to develop my own style. Adam has been around high end manufacturing from an early age and there is not much he does not know about the best ways to add design value through manufacturing.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Normally from quite mundane objects like scaffolding or metal off-cuts in the factory, these things are often triggers that lead to the idea.
Can you tell us a little more about the new collection you have collaborated with Decca?
It was really an extension of our lighting range style, I love mid-century design aesthetics & forms, I take these style codes and beliefs and interpret them in my way for today’s interiors.
The amazing thing about working with Decca it the scope they offer as their depth of production capabilities is so great. There are almost no restraints put on the creative process because you know they will be able to realise your vision. This was very liberating and ultimately contributes to a better end product.
What piece has been a personal favourite?
The sofa for me is the stand out piece, I love the angles and the combination of the deep rosewood colours and the brass. It is also great to see it work in so many great ways in different fabrics.
More new lighting designs to be released at the end of the year and hopefully some new furniture range collaborations with Decca.