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design

“My personal story has always had good design at its centre, with my training and background as a fashion designer reflecting my belief that design at its best can improve people’s quality of life.

I created the brand in 1992 following a frustrating period of attempting to re-model my home using interiors products and services available at that time. Finding no satisfactory solutions in terms of well-designed products, custom made to suit my individual needs, I took matters into my own hands, by designing products to suit me and having them custom made through artisan contacts in Suffolk. From that personal mission to find a better way, was conceived a brand that could offer a similar solution for other discerning clients with a similar set of needs and wants.

The Bradley Collection was born as a design-led provider of custom interior solutions, harnessing the traditional craft skills of the artisans of Suffolk. The aspiration I had was to elevate ‘artisan’ to ‘art’, by adding a more sophisticated hand-writing to the proud local rustic traditions. Whether this has been achieved or not is for others to judge, but it has always been and will always remain our mission.

At The Bradley Collection, we aim to create the world’s finest curtain poles and to fulfil this vision, for me, design is everything. Clarity of purpose and simplicity of line. Purity of form, obsessive attention to detail. I strive for perfection”.

made in suffolk, england

Suffolk is a beautiful and predominantly rural corner of England and has always been home to The Bradley Collection. The brand draws design inspiration from the idyllic local landscape and historical architecture, and has added sophistication of design to rustic hand-crafting traditions. The company is proud to be part of the local community and also to be bringing some of what Suffolk has to offer to a wider national and international audience.
The philosophy of the brand is to design and make everything that it sells and to source materials and parts as close to home as possible. This pride in local design and local manufacturing is part of what makes the brand special. Add to this a passion for using only the highest quality materials and producing products and services to exceptional standards and the resulting output becomes as sublime as the landscape of Suffolk itself.

Works of art, lovingly created in rural Suffolk

manufacturing

bay bending

The Bradley Collection is a truly custom made brand, with no two orders ever exactly the same. It is a truism of custom manufacturing that success is judged against the few most difficult challenges, rather than against the many easier projects.

In the curtain pole and track sector, bays, bends and curves may only represent 10% of the volume of projects, but have the potential to offer 90% of the problems. The measurements and angles of every bay window are different, the potential for measuring incorrectly is great and the challenges in cutting and bending a pole to an exact template are considerable. Even the packaging of a bent pole requires careful planning and expertise for successful, damage-free shipping.

The Bradley Collection set out from the outset to become the most trusted brand for custom bending. Over many years, The Bradley Collection has invested in skilled people and training, has developed bending and packaging techniques that eliminate the pitfalls and has invested in technology to help with measuring and in machines and tooling to hone its bending services to perfection.

custom making

The most commonly requested custom requirement for curtain poles and tracks is special projection brackets, which are needed to accommodate light exclusion, sill and radiator clearance and unusual installation circumstances. The Bradley Collection offers special projection brackets throughout virtually all of its collections and is happy to consider any request: if it can be done, it will be done.

Beyond this, The Bradley Collection is happy to produce totally custom designs, whether individually designed finial or bracket styles, complex or over-sized installations or a myriad of other design requirements.

finishing

For almost every design project, the starting point will be finish and colour. Understanding this, The Bradley Collection has made finishing one of its core skills and puts specialised finishing right of the heart of its proposition to the interior design sector.

coated finishes

The brand is most famous for its wide range of coated finishes. A signature of the brand is its translucent finishes which reflect metalworking traditions by allowing the character of steel to shine through. Modern attitudes are also reflected with modish totally flat ‘eggshell’ coatings and glamorous glossy metallics.

plated finishes

Luxury and glamour is injected into the collections through the use of plated finishes.

custom finishes

Over 200 additional finishes are provided for projects where ‘nearly right’ is not enough or where a totally individual look is demanded.

hand painted finishes

Most obviously applied to Decorative and Baroco wood-based collections, the hand painting skills of the brand can also be applied to any metal collection, where a specific look or effect is required.

technology

The Bradley Collection believes in traditional values for the making of high quality products, but at the same time fully embraces the benefits that applied technology can bring. With a mission to make specifying curtain hardware as simple as possible, digital technology in particular must hold part of the answer.

bay checker app

The bay checker app provides a simple user interface for entering wall and cross measurements. The clever part is the built in checking facility, which ensures that the correct measurements have been entered and that a pole can be manufactured to fit. This bay window surveying tool has become a firm favourite of professional designers and fitters.

Available for free download to Android and iOS devices.

brochure app

The Bradley Collection brochure is also published in digital form and is resident on a tablet. The digital edition contains enhanced features and links to the website, video and specification guides.

Available for free download to Android and iOS devices.