Brand Profile: FBC London in Great British Brands
18 February 2021
This piece originally appeared in Country & Town House’s Great British Brands
Launched in 2013 by award-winning interior designer Fiona Barratt Campbell, FBC London is renowned for its impeccably crafted, luxuriously defined furnishings. Fiona’s designs are born from a passion to create pieces of timeless elegance and diverse materiality, inspired by history and colours and textures derived from nature, particularly the rugged Northumberland landscape of Fiona’s childhood.
Each piece is made by a selected group of artisans and craftsmen, utilising both modern and traditional techniques and a varied palette of materials. The brand is exceptionally proud to work predominantly with makers in the northeast of England, within a few miles of where Fiona grew up. Fiona and her team work closely alongside these craftspeople to ensure that they use only the finest materials and an environmentally responsible approach to produce beautifully balanced designs and exquisite pieces of furniture.
While 2020 certainly presented numerous challenges, through perseverance, positivity and unwavering hard work, FBC London still managed to achieve a number of exciting milestones. In September, it launched its first American flagship showroom at the renowned New York Design Center. Following her training at the London Chelsea College of Art, Fiona studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and knows the market there very well.
The NYDC was the natural choice for our debut into the US market,’ said Fiona. ‘As an established and well- regarded resource within the industry, the NYDC gives FBC London an immediate footfall among like-minded makers and businesses.’
Closer to home, FBC London opened a newly renovated and expanded showroom on the Pimlico Road. The new 3,000 sq/ft space is separated into ‘room vignettes’, showcasing FBC London’s signature and new collections within individual living, dining, study and bedroom settings.
In autumn 2020, FBC London also unveiled its latest collections, Rain and Column, which are displayed at the new showroom alongside its outdoor furniture range and pieces from the signature Aurora, Bridge, Byethorne and City collections.
The new Rain collection draws on the success of FBC London’s best-selling City collection of bedside tables, credenzas and chests of drawers. While the designs are identical, the Rain collection introduces a new textural façade. In keeping with the brand’s inspiration from nature, a heavy 3D textured finish of diagonal lines, in either ombre bronze or bronze and verdigris, captures the essence of falling rain. The remainder of the pieces are finished in a matte stone-grey oak and feature antique brass bases.
The Column collection, inspired by the pillars of Greek and Roman temples, introduces a new range of dining tables, consoles, coffee and side tables. Columns form the supporting base of all these pieces, each featuring a unique rivet detail and finished in bronze or brass patina. The columns are complemented by the addition of either bronze textured glass or Italian Calacatta viola marble tops.
Looking ahead, this year will see Fiona unveil further new collections and pieces, maintaining her enduring commitment to British craftsmanship and working with the most creative and innovative makers in the country.