As so often in (art) history, ingenious discoveries emerge from a difficult situation. Orazio Gualtieri, founder and designer of Byron & Byron in London, needed stable, artistically turned curtain rods for heavy velvet curtains, something that was simply not available at the beginning of the eighties. Therefore, he decided to design and make them himself. Born in Italy but resident in London, Gualtieri had the necessary skills having worked as an artistic wood turner and designer for many years – making wooden picture frames for the leading museums of Europe and the USA. Accordingly, he founded Byron & Byron and began curtain rod and accessory production in 1984.
The company exhibited at Heimtextil for the first time and began to cultivate the market for exclusive, hand-made wooden curtain rods in 1996. Today, Byron & Byron has expanded to 50 employees and Orazio Gualtieri still creates the prototypes himself – with great passion and even greater craftsmanship. “I only make products that I would like to see in my own home. That is a matter of integrity”, says the charismatic entrepreneur. And it is also a matter of authenticity. Byron & Byron’s products are distinguished by their hand-crafted precision and their formidable, cheerful and original design.
Byron & Byron is exhibiting in Hall 5.1., Stand B 36