March’s Object of Lust: Bert & May

‘Makers and Finders of unique materials and innovative spaces’ is how Bert & May describe themselves…

The latest Bert & May design hit, Bert’s Box, is a prime example of that. Hot on the heels of Bert’s Barge – a design-led urban barge boat – it’s pre-fab living at its very best and the bolt-hole we’ve all been waiting for.

It all began in Spain when founder Lee Thornley renovated his award-winning Andalusian hotel Casa la Siesta and discovered his talent for sourcing beautiful old materials. Shortly afterwards, Bert & May was born. Having conquered the market with reclaimed geometric-patterned tiles, the company soon expanded into being an all-out lifestyle brand and design service, adding in natural pigment paints and glazed tiles; architecturally designed bathrooms and kitchens, a timber furniture line and Bert’s Box – the pinnacle of the entire collection and a fabulous celebration of all that is Bert & May.

Bert & May

Designed in collaboration with Box9 (the studio behind London’s Riding House Cafe and Gail’s Bakeries), Bert’s Box comes in four sizes, from a single office pod to a full-blown lodge for the whole family complete with master bedroom, children’s bedroom, bathroom, terrace, dining and sitting room, as well as a brass and marble kitchen. The design is all bespoke with a towering selection of paints, cladding, flooring and kitchens to choose from.

Exteriors are clad with Bert & May’s characterful reclaimed timber oak with green roofs planted with colourful wildflowers whilst the interiors feature Bert & May’s very own handmade tiles, reclaimed timber floors with underfloor heating and double-glazed windows, specially selected to max-out the sunlight. The space ticks all the tech boxes, too – with a whizzy state-of-the-art AV system by Robert Taussig, including invisible ceiling speakers throughout the rooms and slick iPad-controlled heating and lighting systems. For eco warriors, there’s the additional option of solar panelling, air source heat pump and edible garden walls. What more could yo ask for?

Bert and May, 67 Vyner Street, London E2 9DQ. 020 3744 0776

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