WHEN Beverley Bramwell started up her outdoor furniture business in Selsey seven years ago, she didn’t expect international recognition for her work.
But her range of eco-furniture, Bison, was picked by Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud as one of his top ten eco-companies in the world.
“I started Thomas Bramwell seven years ago when I designed for myself outdoor furniture for my 1960s beach house,” said Beverley. “I loved some of the designs on the market, but they were just so expensive.”
So she designed her own furniture, and ended up selling a lot to the hotel and spa industry.
She then went on to design her ecollection, Bison. The furniture is made from waste materials which would otherwise go to landfill, and she creates stylish furniture for the garden.
“The Bison Collection includes modular outdoor seating, loungers, tables and planters made from the upcycled material.
“Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products that generally end up in landfill into new materials, products of better quality, or for better environmental value.
“So when your old Volvo goes to the scrapheap, we will make use of the air bags, old carpets, even your trainers and yogurt pots will be utilised in our ecollection designs.”
This was the range which caught Mr McCloud’s eye.
“I was overjoyed when Kevin chose us personally as one of his Green Heroes for 2014 and having an amazing interview with him,” said Beverley.
“He said he had done his research and wants the Bison in his own garden, something I must organise when my feet touch the ground again
“Then ending the interview, he put his hand on my shoulder and said I was the future.
“Can you imagine how that felt? The guru of design saying that. Wow!
“It’s a big achievement and tremendous recognition and yes, we are the future, we want to utilise as many products going to landfill into useful products, we continue to develop and design and have ideas for pods, flat-pack housing for third world countries which we have discussed with international charities.”
To expand the business, Beverley has taken on Brian Griggs, creative director, and Phillipe Le Loup, director of new business.