Fiona Barratt-Campbell has launched her first collection of door and cabinet hardware – the Armour Suite – with US specialist manufacturer SA Baxter. She joins Studio to share what inspired her latest project and why she’s looking forward to her upcoming design trip to Hong Kong.
When was the company founded? I founded FBC London in 2013
How many staff? 16 and constantly growing
Where is it based? Belgravia, London
What is your latest significant achievement/project of note? Most recently FBC London has collaborated with renowned architectural hardware firm, SA Baxter, to create two new suites of hardware. The Armour suite is inspired by Roman jewellery and cast in bronze utilising traditional methods, the playful hardware suite is a merge of luxurious materiality symbolising strength and power with an elegant touch. The City suite is created from the distinctive structured form of the hand chipped oak which has become one of our most recognised and desired finishes. A hand-crafted application ensures that each surface is unique – something which is reflected in the design and functionality of The City suite. The inspiration is taken from window light reflections of the City of London skyscrapers.
Across both suites, the elegant yet intricate designs show SA Baxter’s detailed craftsmanship and FBC London’s brave mix of finishes and textures. The hardware is submerged in Fiona’s inspiration from the historical Roman background of Northumberland and the beauty of nature.
A great amount of thought went into the mechanics of the hardware, incorporating the luxurious diverse materiality with a quality of finishing delivering beautifully crafted accessible hardware.
What is your best-selling product? Our best sellers are definitely anything across our City Range which includes a cabinet, credenza and side tables. Also, every piece from the Byethorne range has been extremely popular. This range includes side tables, credenza, wardrobe and cabinet.
I’ve just discovered… Aquazzura shoes. They are truly works of art.
Who inspires me… My grandfather, Sir Lawrie Barratt, founder of Barratt Homes, has always been my greatest inspiration. It is because of him that the design bug runs in my blood and he consistently supported my perusal of a creative career over the years. More recently, my husband Sol and my three beautiful children are a constant inspiration.
I’ve always been a fan of… Escaping up to our country home in Northumberland. With the crazy busy life I lead, it’s crucial for me to get some time away from the whirlwind of London. Time to spend relaxing and recharging the batteries. I go up there as often as I can with Sol and the children.
My highlight of the last 12 months… The launch of our Modulari furniture collection during LDF 2017. Not only was the launch a massive success in itself, the huge amount of hard work dedication that went into completing the collection will without doubt remain one of the greatest highlights for FBC London.
Combining the unkept beauty of Northumberland and the gravity of the Roman Dynasty, Modulari unites elements extracted from Mid-Century and Modern Brutalist designs. It is a transitional collection which explores a collaboration between futuristic materials with modern techniques, fused together by historical methods.
With Modulari, I wanted to bring to the market a range that could be used both in a room set together or as standalone feature pieces. From the mirror and laser cut brass of the Solis Side Tables to the traditional gold leafing and onyx and classic lines of the sofa with a lucite base, I used new and more futuristic materials in order to branch out in terms of textiles. The richness of elegant inlays and elaborate work in cast iron, bronze, marble and wood are mentioned in Roman literature, and I incorporated this into all elements of the finished products.
My next design trip is to… My next design trip will be to Hong Kong. Although this trip is for a project I am working on with the interior design wing of my company, Fiona Barratt Interiors, I am always on the lookout for inspiration throughout every design trip I take, and this inspiration filters its way into FBC London and FBC Kitchens as well as the interiors side.