Dark Capiz Shell Shelves
These stunning surfaces are made of capiz shell, a thin almost translucent shell found in the Indo-Pacific. It is also known as the windowpane oyster and has been used as a glass substitute for generations.
This translucency and durability now lend themselves to the subtle elegance of these pieces. The shellfish are harvested by fishermen throughout the Philippines as they are widely eaten. These shells come from the island of Negros, from a fishing community where serious conservation projects are underway.
We buy the discarded shells, providing an alternative source of revenue to the fishermen, which reinforce the conservation efforts in the community. We clean, stain and cut the shells before inlaying each one by hand.
The Exploring Eden collection comprises ten key pieces including furniture such as armchairs, tables and shelving, perfectly complemented by accessories such as paper weights, bookends and bell jars – each one the outcome of Bethan’s explorations into the possibilities of these exciting materials.
Made to Measure
We are always happy to produce pieces to client specifications and can make changes to height, depth, width and internal composition on most collections. Colour variations can be developed on request and we can even create entirely bespoke furniture and homewares. Please contact the development team for further information and pricing.
Production Lead Times
Bethan Gray Design collections are handmade by master craftsmen, so please allow a six-week lead time for pieces from the collection and eight weeks for bespoke requests.
We deliver to Europe and North America from our London hub.
Each piece will be individually packaged, and our trusted logistic partners offer a superb service. On arrival, you can choose curbside delivery or a white glove service which includes installation in the room of choice and the removal of crates and other packaging. Shipping times vary according to location, but pieces can be air freighted more quickly for time sensitive projects.
Bethan Gray Design collections are handcrafted using the highest quality materials with naturally occurring variations making each piece unique.
Bethan Gray Design collections are made using certified and responsibly sourced materials. If you have a specific requirement such as testing for flame retardancy or FSC timber certification, please do not hesitate to get in touch and these can be arranged on request.