Bethan Gray Profile

Bethan Gray, an award winning Welsh designer, has an extraordinary background. Her family hails from an ancient Rajasthani clan that over centuries migrated across Arabia and Persia before settling in the Celtic heartland of Wales. It’s a heritage that weaves a rich pattern of influences and inspirations, which draw on craft traditions of both East and West. Bethan’s signature style reveals a love of detail, tactile textures, and luxurious materials such as semi-precious stones, marble, wood, and hand-tooled leather. Intricate patterns of light and dark, texture, purity of line, clarity, harmony and a connoisseur’s eye for detail define her highly original style. Her skill in combining cutting edge design technology with a deep knowledge of the values of traditional craftsmanship resonates across cultures.

Her travels in India, Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa, and South America were fuelled by her love for and curiosity about their arts. Her London home is a treasure trove of objects brought back and lovingly displayed—sources of inspiration and pleasure. In her years as a designer she has worked closely with craftspeople from all over the world, developing her eye for the rare and wonderful. Her sense of pattern, colour and form are at the heart of everything she designs. The elegance and harmony of her work, created through a combination of cutting edge design technology and a deep knowledge of traditional craftsmanship, gives it a timeless quality that transcends trend. Following her graduation from De Montfort, with a degree in Three Dimensional Design, Bethan was discovered by Tom Dixon in 1998 when he awarded her the prestigious New Designers Prize.

This led to a role at Habitat, where she became Design Director, giving her a unique insight into global retail. She left to establish her own eponymous studio in 2008, to broaden her client base and work with the luxury materials that she was so passionate about.Given Bethan’s warm and inclusive personality, collaboration is at the core of her practice. She designs best-selling collections and high-profile pieces for global retailers and brands, and her exquisite Private Collections can be seen in some of the world’s most prestigious stores, including Lane Crawford, Liberty and Harrods. She is featured extensively in the media and has exhibited in London, Milan, Paris and New York. Her work was recently recognised with the prestigious award of ‘Best British Designer’ in 2013/14.

Design Studio

Establishing her eponymous studio in 2008, commercially successful design collaborations are at the heart of the Bethan Gray Design business. The studio has a history of commercial success, from bespoke to retail, producing many best sellers. With a deep understanding of the needs of retail and an extensive knowledge of craftsmanship and cutting- edge manufacturing technologies, Bethan Gray Design is committed to delivering outstanding products and projects.

"Inside Design"

Bethan’s solo exhibition in London “Inside Design” explored her recent work in natural materials.

The exhibition provided visitors with an insight into Bethan’s approach to her craft. By deconstructing the design and manufacturing processes that go into the creation of each piece, Bethan revealed the rich, intricate details so typical of her designs.

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  • We are pleased to announce Bethan will be giving the keynote address at this year’s INDEX Design Series in Dubai. In addition, she will be showcasing new ranges from the Shamsian Collection in the Luxury Hall. Her exquisite Nizwa cabinet and Stud tables will also be featured in the Harrods Interiors VIP area.

    More information to follow!

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  • Bethan will be launching her first wallpaper collection in collaboration with NLXL - the pioneers of digital wallpaper - during this year’s Salone del Mobile (April 4th – 9th 2017)

    Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16, 20123 Milano, Italy.

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  • “Victoria” celebrates the ritual of drinking tea, merging a classic British tradition, with a classic Italian material - marble. The collection features a relief pattern, hand-carved from Arabescato marble by Italian master craftsmen.

    The collection will launch during this year’s Salone del Mobile (April 4th – 9th 2017) at Spazio Pontaccio, Via Pontaccio, 18, 20121 Milano, Italy

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  • Bethan Gray is delighted to be exhibiting new pieces from the Shamsian Collection at Design Days Dubai, the Middle East and South Asia’s only annual fair dedicated to collectible modern and contemporary design works, this year taking place from March 14-17, 2017.

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  • Bethan Gray is delighted to have designed a café to be presented at Ambiente in Frankfurt, the world’s largest trade fair for interior products. With dyed Italian veneer, marquetry and solid brass inlay applied by master craftsmen, Cafe Jade Serenity features exquisite pieces available through the remarkable Shamsian Collection.

    10th to 14th February 2017

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  • Announcements

    Launch of Marble Brogue Side Table

    The All Marble Brogue Side Table is the latest design to come from Bethan's collaboration with Lapicida. The honed white carrara table is being launched at Maison & Objet Paris 2017

    Lapicida | Stand J46, Hall 7

  • As part of her exhibition at DesignJunction, Bethan is delighted to introduce Mohamad Reza Shamsian, a highly sought after, masterful Iranian artist, to the contemporary design world. The Shamsian collection merges traditional craft with modern, elegant and contemporary design to create a truly unique and timeless aesthetic.

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  • Bethan Gray is delighted to be launching her new Shamsian Collection, inspired by Omani architectural references and craft, alongside some of the most popular pieces from her award-winning studio at this year’s DesignJunction.

    Stand A16 | Cubitt House | DesignJunction at The London Design Festival 2016

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  • Announcements

    Launch of Bethan Gray Interiors

    With some exciting new collaborations underway for 2016, this year Bethan is extending her talents to interior design.

    Creating and curating interiors that are warm and contemporary, through the combination of luxurious natural materials with soft, muted, confident colours and pared back detailing.

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    Maison & Objet 2016

    Bethan Gray are excited to return to Maison & Objet Paris for 2016, where we’ll be showcasing our latest luxurious collection of tables and a new palette.

    Friday 22nd - Tuesday 26th January 2016

    Stand D55 | Hall 7 | Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre | CD 40 | ZAC Paris Nord 2 | 93420 Villepinte

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  • Bethan Gray to exhibit her luxurious Private Collection at Decorex for The London Design Festival, showcasing new pieces and a new palette.

    Find us on Stand B41

    20th - 23rd September 2015

    Syon Park | London | TW8 8JF

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  • Deconstructed Brogue Table forms focus of MADE WITH LOVE exhibition at Harrods

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  • Announcements

    WorkHouse, LDF 2015

    A selection of Bethan's new pieces will be on show at WorkHouse in their East London showroom as part of The London Design Festival from 24th September.

    24th - 26th September 10:00 - 17:00

    WorkHouse | 63-65 Princelet Street | London E1 5LP

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  • Announcements

    Maison & Objet 2015

    Bethan Gray are excited to be launching our new Stud console and our new Leather and Brass Brogue lamp table at Maison & Objet.
    23rd -27th January 2015
    NOW Hall 8, Stand B99 at Maison & Objet, Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, ZAC Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepinte.

  • The seeds of The Ruby Tree were planted when Mitchell Abdul Karim Crites saw award winning British designer Bethan Gray’s remarkable ‘Black & White Stripes Collection’. As a renowned Islamic arts scholar known for his revival of traditional Islamic crafts, he was struck by the harmony and intricacy of the patterns, so much a hallmark of the finest Islamic art.

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  • Announcements

    Harrods, LDF 2014

    Bethan Gray are excited to be launching their pop up at Harrods during London Design Festival (13th-21st September 2014). The pop up will run thru to January 2015 and will feature new collections exclusive to Harrods.

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    DesignJunction, LDF 2014

    At this years DesignJunction, Bethan Gray will be launching several new products. The Ella Sofa range will be launching in collaboration with The WorkHouse Collection. DesignJunction runs from 18th to 21st September 2014.

  • Bethan Gray to exhibit at Spazio Pontaccio at Salone del Mobile, Milan 2014, 8th - 13th April.

    Via Pontaccio 18, 1-20121, Milan.

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  • Announcements

    Maison & Objet 2014

    Bethan Gray are excited to be launching our new Stud table at Maison.

    24th -28th January 2014

    NOW Hall 8, Stand B87 at Maison & Objet, Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, ZAC Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepinte.

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  • Announcements

    Decorex International 2013

    At Decorex, 22nd-25th Sept, 2013, Lapicida will showcase Bethan’s Herringbone and All Marble Brogue tables. Bethan’s boutique G&T collection of occasional tables will also feature alongside Claire Coles - esteemed luxury wall covering specialist.

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    Mint, LDF 2013

    Bethan’s renowned Brogue table will be transformed in a collaboration with high-end retailer based on Brompton Cross, Mint and will feature alongside their “Cabinet of Curiosity” showcase during London Design Festival, 14th - 25th Sept , 2013.

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    Lapicida, LDF 2013

    Bethan will be extending her collaboration with stone specialist Lapicida, who will launch a new range of Brogue dining tables at their showroom on London’s Kings Road 14th - 25th Sept, 2013. Bethan will be in conversation with leading industry insider Katherine Burnett at Lapicida’s showroom on Sept 16th.