Bertram is a furniture maker with an eye for detail and a passion for making. He creates beautiful desks, cabinets and seating that are a pleasure to behold, touch and use. Specialising in creating innovative, bespoke pieces he ensures they are designed around the client’s individual style, environment and needs.
In an age of throwaway culture, not to mention the brief lifespan we have imprudently come to expect from the objects in our lives, Bertram’s work as a furniture maker is a testament to the handmade, the sustainable and the enduring. His work ‘wears in’.
In 2010 he completed his tuition under respected maker John Lloyd in Sussex. Here he learnt the traditional methods of cabinetmaking. Since then he has established his own business making bespoke pieces for mainly private clients. In 2012 he appeared on the BBC show Handmade Revolution and was named judges’ favourite. Consequently, his Bonheur du Jour was on show at the Victoria & Albert museum in London.
A meticulous attention to detail and a distinctive design ethic are the hallmarks of his approach to furniture. When combined with boundless patience and finely honed tools, the results are plain to see – whether you are commissioning a set of chairs or a dovetailed jewellery box.
Bertram shares a workshop by the Thames in southeast London; he loves his work and relishes the opportunities and challenges each new commission brings. He also makes speculative pieces for exhibitions and has exhibited across the UK and internationally.