Their eldest, Wren (photo: Paul Whitbread)

Berdoulat shares its name with an 18th century farm house in South West France, the childhood home of its founder Patrick Williams. His parents bought the house as a ruin when he was in the womb and gradually restored it over twenty years. All members of the family worked on the place together, and as young children Patrick and his siblings earned their pocket money applying lime render, or cleaning floor tiles salvaged from nearby demolition sites in the nick of time - stacked in to an old Peugeot the night before bulldozers arrived. The cement mixer was their 5am alarm clock, and often when they meet for a family gathering impersonations of the mixer ensue.

The thought and process involved in this venture rubbed off on Patrick who gained a passion for buildings, furniture, objects and decoration. He graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Oxford University in 2003 and has since then dedicated his time to this business. He is on The SPAB Committee for Bath & Bristol, a member of The Georgian Group and The Victorian Society, and Berdoulat is proud to feature in the The House & Garden Top 100 Interior Designers list.

Neri was born in Bulgaria, and moved to Istanbul aged four, where like her husband, she too grew up amid her parents' home-building antics, and was equally involved in the process. In her early twenties she moved to London to study Fine Art Photography at London College of Communication, developing all the while a keen eye for detail, observing beauty in the unexpected.

Berdoulat shares its name with an 18th century farm house in South West France, the family home of the company's founder Patrick Williams. His parents bought the house as a ruin when he was in the womb and gradually restored it over the course of his childhood. The thought and process involved in this venture rubbed off on Patrick who gained a passion for buildings, furniture, objects and decoration.


Patrick graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Oxford University in 2003 and has since then dedicated his time to this business. He is on The SPAB Committee for Bath & Bristol, an member of The Georgian Group and The Victorian Society, and Berdoulat is proud to feature in the The House & Garden Top 100 Interior Designers list.


Neri Williams was born in Bulgaria, and moved to Istanbul at the age of four, where, like her husband, she grew up amid her parents' home-building antics. In her early twenties she moved to London and studied Fine Art Photography, developing all the while a keen eye for detail, observing beauty in the unexpected. 

Berdoulat shares its name with an 18th century farm house in South West France, the childhood home of its founder Patrick Williams. His parents bought the house as a ruin when he was in the womb and gradually restored it over twenty years. All members of the family worked on the place together, and as young children Patrick and his siblings earned their pocket money applying lime render, or cleaning floor tiles salvaged from nearby demolition sites in the nick of time - stacked in to an old Peugeot the night before bulldozers arrived. The cement mixer was their 5am alarm clock, and often when they meet for a family gathering impersonations of the mixer ensue.


The thought and process involved in this venture rubbed off on Patrick who gained a passion for buildings, furniture, objects and decoration. He graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Oxford University in 2003 and has since then dedicated his time to this business. He is on The SPAB Committee for Bath & Bristol, a member of The Georgian Group and The Victorian Society, and Berdoulat is proud to feature in the The House & Garden Top 100 Interior Designers list.


Neri was born in Bulgaria, and moved to Istanbul aged four, where like her husband, she too grew up amid her parents' home-building antics, and was equally involved in the process. In her early twenties she moved to London to study Fine Art Photography at London College of Communication, developing all the while a keen eye for detail, observing beauty in the unexpected. 

On meeting, they realised they shared an appreciation for a way of life with simplicity at its core, and had a common dream of one day living above their own shop, selling beautiful things. Over the last few years, together they have developed a collection of furniture, kitchenwares, tablewares, and decorative items. Spring 2021 will see the launch of the physical Berdoulat shop, following the completion of an ongoing restoration by Berdoulat of a magnificent building in central Bath, which also houses their studio, and is now home to them, along with daughters Wren and Bonnie, and doggy Elizabeth.

Each product in the collection is unique to Berdoulat: a collaboration with local artisans, the vast majority of whom are based within an hour's drive of the studio. Most take inspiration from historic kitchens and traditions from the 18th & 19th century, sometimes with twists of France and Turkey. Patrick and Neri are passionate about each and every item, taking delight in meeting the makers, seeing the often magical spaces where they make their work, and relishing in the opportunity to learn about the various making processes.

For them, sourcing and manufacturing all of their products locally, and the use of natural and renewable materials wherever possible is of the utmost importance.  With fifteen years of experience working on period buildings, and a life-long appreciation of historic fabric and design tradition, Berdoulat has a deep rooted belief in good design and quality in its execution resulting in heirloom pieces that stand the test of time, and will be passed down through generations.

On meeting, they realised they shared an appreciation for a way of life with simplicity at its core, and had a common dream of one day living above their own shop, selling beautiful things. Over the last few years, together they have developed a collection of furniture, kitchenwares, tablewares, and decorative items. Spring 2021 will see the launch of the physical Berdoulat shop, following the completion of an ongoing restoration by Berdoulat of a magnificent building in central Bath, which also houses their studio, and is now home to them, along with daughters Wren and Bonnie, and doggy Elizabeth.


Each product in the collection is unique to Berdoulat: a collaboration with local artisans, the vast majority of whom are based within an hour's drive of the studio. Most take inspiration from historic kitchens and traditions form the 18th & 19th century, sometimes with twists of France and Turkey. Patrick and Neri are passionate about each and every item, taking delight in meeting the makers, seeing the often magical spaces where they make their work, and relishing in the opportunity to learn about the various making processes. 


For them, sourcing and manufacturing all of their products locally, and the use of natural and renewable materials wherever possible it of the utmost importance. With fifteen years of experience working on period buildings, and a life-long appreciation of historic fabric and design tradition, Berdoulat has a deep rooted belief in good design and quality in its execution resulting in heirloom pieces that stand the test of time, and will be passed down through generations. 

Their youngest, Bonnie (photo: Paul Whitbread)

Jonathan in his workshop (photo: Paul Whitbread)

Jonathan Tibbs studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Arts and then went on to specialise in furniture making at The Building Crafts College in London. He was selected to join the Worshipful Company of Carpenters in the City of London where he is now a freeman of the Guild.

Jonathan's knowledge and expertise have been invaluable in shaping the functionality, look and feel of Berdoulat's range of furniture, kitchenware and tableware products. He leads a dedicated team of highly skilled woodworkers from his Somerset workshop, which is in a converted chapel. Whilst the altar and pews are long gone, despite the din of the Wadkin lathe, there remains a wonderful sense of tranquility in the space.

This suits his general demeanor, which is calm and composed. The delight he takes in working with wood, and his overall approach to making really chimes with Berdoulat's ethos:

"I love transforming rough sawn planks of wood into furniture and objects that will develop a history of their own and be enjoyed for years to come".

Jonathan Tibbs studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Arts and then went on to specialise in furniture making at The Building Crafts College in London. He was selected to join the Worshipful Company of Carpenters in the City of London where he is now a freeman of the Guild.


Jonathan's knowledge and expertise have been invaluable in shaping the functionality, look and feel of Berdoulat's range of furniture, kitchenware and tableware products. He leads a dedicated team of highly skilled woodworkers from his Somerset workshop, which is in a converted chapel. Whilst the altar and pews are long gone, despite the din of the Wadkin lathe, there remains a wonderful sense of tranquility in the space. 


This suits his general demeanor, which is calm and composed. The delight he takes in working with wood, and his overall approach to making really chimes with Berdoulat's ethos:

"I love transforming rough sawn planks of wood into furniture and objects that will develop a history of their own and be enjoyed for years to come".

Florence Saumarez studied architecture at Edinburgh University before setting up her own furniture business making bespoke items to her own designs.   A few years ago she discovered the magical art of marbling,  and wood dust was replaced by paint splashes.

“It is impossible not to be hooked by the intricacy and spontaneity in the execution of marbled paper.  People are familiar with it via endpapers in books,  but don’t often connect with how it is actually done,  so there is a wonderful air of mystery that surrounds this rare craft.  It is apt,  given Neri’s background,  that marbling in Europe originated from Turkey and continues to play a large part in their present culture.  I love applying this ancient tradition to products that appeal to our contemporary aesthetic.  Each sheet captures a moment in time and is unique"

Despite having thus focused her creative output, her knowledge of and appreciation for beautifully made furniture and products are valuable strings in her bow when it comes to collaborating with Berdoulat.

She also happens to be a neighbour of Patrick and Neri's, living and working just a few doors down the road from them. The Borracha paper was developed during lock down, which saw an hilarious exchange of samples left in the tent of the Berdoulat cargo bike outside the back door of the studio. How to do business without physical contact - Florence left a sample with notes scribbled on it, then texted “you have bike mail”, whereupon Patrick and Neri reviewed the sample, scribbled some more, and placed it back in the tent for Florence to collect the following day.
Florence also happens to be a neighbour of Patrick and Neri's, living and working just a few doors down the road from them. The Borracha paper was developed during lock down, which saw an hilarious exchange of samples left in the tent of the Berdoulat cargo bike outside the back door of the studio. How to do business without physical contact - Florence leaves a sample with notes scribbled, then texted “you have bike mail”, whereupon Patrick and Neri reviewed the sample, scribbled, placed it back in the tent and she collected the following day...

Florence at Berdoulat HQ (photo: Paul Whitbread)

Lydia in her studio (photo: William Cheshire)

Lydia Hardwick graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2013. She collaborated and exhibited with architect collective Assemble on their 2015 Turner Prize winning project, Granby Workshops. In 2016 the Victoria and Albert Museum purchased one of her designs for their permanent collection.

Primarily working with clay, her practice spans across the fields of art and design. From tableware to densely patterned pots, her work appeals to the viewer's visceral senses. Using surface techniques, such as inlaying and slip decorating, her working methods are meditative and intuitive, developed through an understanding of materials gained over years of working with clay.

She is drawn to patterns and motifs found within indigenous craft objects and textiles, made by communities that attribute great expressive power to visual things. Intrigued by the mysterious formal vocabulary of folk geometry, she combines a myriad of making traditions with influences from European art and design to produce work that aims to reconnect us to an ancient appreciation of line, surface, tone and texture as presences unto themselves.

When Patrick and Neri first saw her work, they were drawn to these familiar patterns, native to many a Turkish carpet. They loved Lydia's inlay technique, which is reminiscent of ancient encaustic tile making, and felt she'd be the perfect person to work with when designing their meat plate - a modern (yet somehow ancient) interpretation of the Burleighware plates they collect.
Judy Simmonds makes Berdoulat's range of beautiful woven willow  baskets. She lives and works in the most idyllic setting, nestled in a valley, down winding sunken lanes in the neighbouring county of Devon. A 17th century thrashing barn houses stacks of carefully selected and sorted willow, some of which she grows herself.

"Nudging 120 carefully selected and soaked willow rods to a rhythmically precise pattern in an ever outwardly expanding curve over several uninterrupted hours is a new challenge every time, even after ten years of making."

The oldest basket weaving cooperative in France is within a village on the Loire. Here, over 160 years, the humidity of the troglodyte caves made Villaines-les-Rochers a basket making centre. Both David Drew, the British basket maker and French Master Norbert Fauré were there in 2010, producing the Périgord Spiral basket. Judy worked with the two of these greats of the basket weaving world on polishing the technique.

"Pursuing the spiral using both English willow (Dicky Meadows, Purpurea) and French (Helix, Alba) and adapting the form for the log baskets, coupled with the immediacy and intricacies of the bread basket makes for a balanced basket making life".

Judy weaving away... (photo: Pauline Rook)

Berdoulat shares its name with an 18th century farm house in South West France, the childhood home of its founder Patrick Williams. His parents bought the house as a ruin when he was in the womb and gradually restored it over twenty years. All members of the family worked on the place together, and as young children Patrick and his siblings earned their pocket money applying lime render, or cleaning floor tiles salvaged from nearby demolition sites in the nick of time - stacked in to an old Peugeot the night before bulldozers arrived. The cement mixer was their 5am alarm clock, and often when they meet for a family gathering impersonations of the mixer ensue.

Their eldest, Wren (photo: Paul Whitbread)

Berdoulat shares its name with an 18th century farm house in South West France, the family home of the company's founder Patrick Williams. His parents bought the house as a ruin when he was in the womb and gradually restored it over the course of his childhood. The thought and process involved in this venture rubbed off on Patrick who gained a passion for buildings, furniture, objects and decoration.


Patrick graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Oxford University in 2003 and has since then dedicated his time to this business. He is on The SPAB Committee for Bath & Bristol, an member of The Georgian Group and The Victorian Society, and Berdoulat is proud to feature in the The House & Garden Top 100 Interior Designers list.


Neri Williams was born in Bulgaria, and moved to Istanbul at the age of four, where, like her husband, she grew up amid her parents' home-building antics. In her early twenties she moved to London and studied Fine Art Photography, developing all the while a keen eye for detail, observing beauty in the unexpected. 

Berdoulat shares its name with an 18th century farm house in South West France, the childhood home of its founder Patrick Williams. His parents bought the house as a ruin when he was in the womb and gradually restored it over twenty years. All members of the family worked on the place together, and as young children Patrick and his siblings earned their pocket money applying lime render, or cleaning floor tiles salvaged from nearby demolition sites in the nick of time - stacked in to an old Peugeot the night before bulldozers arrived. The cement mixer was their 5am alarm clock, and often when they meet for a family gathering impersonations of the mixer ensue.


The thought and process involved in this venture rubbed off on Patrick who gained a passion for buildings, furniture, objects and decoration. He graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Oxford University in 2003 and has since then dedicated his time to this business. He is on The SPAB Committee for Bath & Bristol, a member of The Georgian Group and The Victorian Society, and Berdoulat is proud to feature in the The House & Garden Top 100 Interior Designers list.


Neri was born in Bulgaria, and moved to Istanbul aged four, where like her husband, she too grew up amid her parents' home-building antics, and was equally involved in the process. In her early twenties she moved to London to study Fine Art Photography at London College of Communication, developing all the while a keen eye for detail, observing beauty in the unexpected. 

The thought and process involved in this venture rubbed off on Patrick who gained a passion for buildings, furniture, objects and decoration. He graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Oxford University in 2003 and has since then dedicated his time to this business. He is on The SPAB Committee for Bath & Bristol, a member of The Georgian Group and The Victorian Society, and Berdoulat is proud to feature in the The House & Garden Top 100 Interior Designers list.


Neri was born in Bulgaria, and moved to Istanbul aged four, where like her husband, she too grew up amid her parents' home-building antics, and was equally involved in the process. In her early twenties she moved to London to study Fine Art Photography at London College of Communication, developing all the while a keen eye for detail, observing beauty in the unexpected. 

On meeting, they realised they shared an appreciation for a way of life with simplicity at its core, and had a common dream of one day living above their own shop, selling beautiful things. Over the last few years, together they have developed a collection of furniture, kitchenwares, tablewares, and decorative items. Spring 2021 will see the launch of the physical Berdoulat shop, following the completion of an ongoing restoration by Berdoulat of a magnificent building in central Bath, which also houses their studio, and is now home to them, along with daughters Wren and Bonnie, and doggy Elizabeth.


Each product in the collection is unique to Berdoulat: a collaboration with local artisans, the vast majority of whom are based within an hour's drive of the studio. Most take inspiration from historic kitchens and traditions form the 18th & 19th century, sometimes with twists of France and Turkey. Patrick and Neri are passionate about each and every item, taking delight in meeting the makers, seeing the often magical spaces where they make their work, and relishing in the opportunity to learn about the various making processes. 


For them, sourcing and manufacturing all of their products locally, and the use of natural and renewable materials wherever possible it of the utmost importance. With fifteen years of experience working on period buildings, and a life-long appreciation of historic fabric and design tradition, Berdoulat has a deep rooted belief in good design and quality in its execution resulting in heirloom pieces that stand the test of time, and will be passed down through generations. 

Their youngest, Bonnie (photo: Paul Whitbread)

On meeting, they realised they shared an appreciation for a way of life with simplicity at its core, and had a common dream of one day living above their own shop, selling beautiful things. Over the last few years, together they have developed a collection of furniture, kitchenwares, tablewares, and decorative items. Spring 2021 will see the launch of the physical Berdoulat shop, following the completion of an ongoing restoration by Berdoulat of a magnificent building in central Bath, which also houses their studio, and is now home to them, along with daughters Wren and Bonnie, and doggy Elizabeth.

Jonathan in his workshop (photo: Paul Whitbread)

Jonathan Tibbs studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Arts and then went on to specialise in furniture making at The Building Crafts College in London. He was selected to join the Worshipful Company of Carpenters in the City of London where he is now a freeman of the Guild.

Jonathan's knowledge and expertise have been invaluable in shaping the functionality, look and feel of Berdoulat's range of furniture, kitchenware and tableware products. He leads a dedicated team of highly skilled woodworkers from his Somerset workshop, which is in a converted chapel. Whilst the altar and pews are long gone, despite the din of the Wadkin lathe, there remains a wonderful sense of tranquility in the space.

This suits his general demeanor, which is calm and composed. The delight he takes in working with wood, and his overall approach to making really chimes with Berdoulat's ethos:

"I love transforming rough sawn planks of wood into furniture and objects that will develop a history of their own and be enjoyed for years to come".

Jonathan Tibbs studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Arts and then went on to specialise in furniture making at The Building Crafts College in London. He was selected to join the Worshipful Company of Carpenters in the City of London where he is now a freeman of the Guild.


Jonathan's knowledge and expertise have been invaluable in shaping the functionality, look and feel of Berdoulat's range of furniture, kitchenware and tableware products. He leads a dedicated team of highly skilled woodworkers from his Somerset workshop, which is in a converted chapel. Whilst the altar and pews are long gone, despite the din of the Wadkin lathe, there remains a wonderful sense of tranquility in the space. 


This suits his general demeanor, which is calm and composed. The delight he takes in working with wood, and his overall approach to making really chimes with Berdoulat's ethos:

"I love transforming rough sawn planks of wood into furniture and objects that will develop a history of their own and be enjoyed for years to come".

Florence at Berdoulat HQ (photo: Paul Whitbread)

Florence also happens to be a neighbour of Patrick and Neri's, living and working just a few doors down the road from them. The Borracha paper was developed during lock down, which saw an hilarious exchange of samples left in the tent of the Berdoulat cargo bike outside the back door of the studio. How to do business without physical contact - Florence leaves a sample with notes scribbled, then texted “you have bike mail”, whereupon Patrick and Neri reviewed the sample, scribbled, placed it back in the tent and she collected the following day...
Florence Saumarez studied architecture at Edinburgh University before setting up her own furniture business making bespoke items to her own designs.   A few years ago she discovered the magical art of marbling,  and wood dust was replaced by paint splashes.

“It is impossible not to be hooked by the intricacy and spontaneity in the execution of marbled paper.  People are familiar with it via endpapers in books,  but don’t often connect with how it is actually done,  so there is a wonderful air of mystery that surrounds this rare craft.  It is apt,  given Neri’s background,  that marbling in Europe originated from Turkey and continues to play a large part in their present culture.  I love applying this ancient tradition to products that appeal to our contemporary aesthetic.  Each sheet captures a moment in time and is unique"

Despite having thus focused her creative output, her knowledge of and appreciation for beautifully made furniture and products are valuable strings in her bow when it comes to collaborating with Berdoulat.

She also happens to be a neighbour of Patrick and Neri's, living and working just a few doors down the road from them. The Borracha paper was developed during lock down, which saw an hilarious exchange of samples left in the tent of the Berdoulat cargo bike outside the back door of the studio. How to do business without physical contact - Florence left a sample with notes scribbled on it, then texted “you have bike mail”, whereupon Patrick and Neri reviewed the sample, scribbled some more, and placed it back in the tent for Florence to collect the following day.

Lydia in her studio (photo: William Cheshire)

Lydia Hardwick graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2013. She collaborated and exhibited with architect collective Assemble on their 2015 Turner Prize winning project, Granby Workshops. In 2016 the Victoria and Albert Museum purchased one of her designs for their permanent collection.

Primarily working with clay, her practice spans across the fields of art and design. From tableware to densely patterned pots, her work appeals to the viewer's visceral senses. Using surface techniques, such as inlaying and slip decorating, her working methods are meditative and intuitive, developed through an understanding of materials gained over years of working with clay.

She is drawn to patterns and motifs found within indigenous craft objects and textiles, made by communities that attribute great expressive power to visual things. Intrigued by the mysterious formal vocabulary of folk geometry, she combines a myriad of making traditions with influences from European art and design to produce work that aims to reconnect us to an ancient appreciation of line, surface, tone and texture as presences unto themselves.

When Patrick and Neri first saw her work, they were drawn to these familiar patterns, native to many a Turkish carpet. They loved Lydia's inlay technique, which is reminiscent of ancient encaustic tile making, and felt she'd be the perfect person to work with when designing their meat plate - a modern (yet somehow ancient) interpretation of the Burleighware plates they collect.

Judy weaving away... (photo: Pauline Rook)

Judy Simmonds makes Berdoulat's range of beautiful woven willow  baskets. She lives and works in the most idyllic setting, nestled in a valley, down winding sunken lanes in the neighbouring county of Devon. A 17th century thrashing barn houses stacks of carefully selected and sorted willow, some of which she grows herself.

"Nudging 120 carefully selected and soaked willow rods to a rhythmically precise pattern in an ever outwardly expanding curve over several uninterrupted hours is a new challenge every time, even after ten years of making."

The oldest basket weaving cooperative in France is within a village on the Loire. Here, over 160 years, the humidity of the troglodyte caves made Villaines-les-Rochers a basket making centre. Both David Drew, the British basket maker and French Master Norbert Fauré were there in 2010, producing the Périgord Spiral basket. Judy worked with the two of these greats of the basket weaving world on polishing the technique.

"Pursuing the spiral using both English willow (Dicky Meadows, Purpurea) and French (Helix, Alba) and adapting the form for the log baskets, coupled with the immediacy and intricacies of the bread basket makes for a balanced basket making life".