This was our first time visiting Bert & May’s designers’ supper club hosted in their flagship showroom and barge in East London. On a sunny Thursday evening, Bert & May’s ever expanding product range of hand crafted tiles, engineered woods, bathrooms and kitchens became a social space with a distinct style and ethos.
It’s difficult to walk past Bert & May’s tiles without feeling the need to touch them. Each one is handmade and subtly different from the next in its texture. We love the geometric patterns and mix of grey tones, off whites and vibrant colours. Increasingly, this attention to texture and hand crafted design seems to become something we long for in our homes, perhaps in an attempt to counter balance the sleek, cold touch of technology.
Bathrooms & Kitchens
On show are a curated selection of bathrooms and kitchens – particularly interesting were the brass surfaces and black washed timber cabinetry featured in the kitchens. We loved the smooth cement sink and uneven glazed white tiles contrasting with brass fittings in the bathrooms.
Bert’s barge is a stunning combination of handmade patterned tiles, reclaimed wood, natural textures and clever storage solutions. We enjoyed a glass of wine on the roof of the barge which has been tiled and makes for a great space to socialize on the canal. Inside the barge, the main living space is flooded in light from the skylight and multiple windows all throughout. We loved the concealed pop-out outlets on the kitchen worktop and the hidden wardrobe in the bedroom. The light grey tones in the bed linen and blinds create a calm bedroom with beautiful views of the water. As well as being a beautiful application of their product range, Bert’s barge is also available for hire – as an event space or hotel, what better way to experience the Bert & May lifestyle!