Harpley bed firm wins second green award
08:00 28 May 2014
© Theo Cohen 2014
A Norfolk bed firm has won a national green award for one of its striking designs for the second year in a row.
Amanda Oldfield, who launched The Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Company, based in Harpley near King’s Lynn, with her husband Stephen 10 years ago, was presented with a Green Hero award by television presenter and designer Kevin McCloud at the Grand Designs Live show in London’s Excel Exhibition Centre.
The bed, named Eleanor, was designed by her son Harry Thompson and created from recycled scaffolding poles and components. It took centre stage, along with a small number of other eco-innovations, in the exhibition’s dedicated Green Heroes showcase.
Mr Thompson said: “It’s a very prestigious, sought-after nomination. Eleanor is a very modern interpretation of the four-poster. The bed’s robust, chunky frame is a great way to create contrast.
“It’s a real ‘look-at-me bed’, a design that provokes a reaction and that makes an incredible design statement. Like all of our beds, Eleanor is completely handmade in our own factory.” He said public interest in this year’s winner was even greater than last year’s.
Mrs Oldfield said they started the firm following a health scare for her husband as a way of moving back to Norfolk.
She said: “The opportunity came out of the blue. I had ordered two new iron beds for our sons Jack and Harry. They were not brilliant and the idea was born that we could do this.”
The family’s range of beds, taking note of customer feedback, has grown over the years and orders are dispatched from Norfolk all round the world.
Mr Thompson said: “Our beds have reached places as far afield as Singapore and Australia. One was bought by Middle Eastern royalty.”
He said their business had grown in the past year and he felt there was a renewed public interest in buying quality products that would last a long time.