Behind the Brand: The Story of the Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Co

We love to partner with similarly aligned brands and our latest bedfellow is the Wrought Iron and Bed Co, the Norfolk-based maker of sustainably made beautiful beds. Our Founder and Creative Director Lee Lovett recently joined founder Amanda Oldfield on her podcast Two in a Bed to talk all things bedroom lighting, sustainability and more... 

As a brand, the Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Co prioritise sustainable British raw materials to handcraft authentic British-made iron and brass beds. Each frame is meticulously handcrafted by artisans in their workshop at Wolferton, based on the Sandringham Estate. Designs are classic and timeless, with contemporary detailing, including cast iron feet and hand-spun brass finials.  

The Inca Bed pictured with our Milton Clear Glass Pendants

This desire to create designs that stand the test of time resonates with us at Soho Lighting. And the emphasis on traditional craftsmanship is something both brands share. Our interest in period details and artisanal skills is evident in our recent collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, and the Wrough Iron and Brass Bed Co are proud recipients of a Royal Warrant. 

The company’s core values are longevity, sustainability and authenticity to guarantee the ultimate indulgent and comfortable night's sleep. They prioritise organic natural fibres - notably wool for their bedding and mattresses.  

“We have an exclusive 100% Sandringham Wool collection, where we have hyper-locally sourced the fleece from the Estate's Aberfield flock. The fully traceable wool for our Sandringham Wool collection is sourced from the Estate’s flock just 5 miles from the workshop in Wolferton. Grazing on organic pastures ensures the sheep’s welfare. Healthier sheep produce stronger, more durable wool fibres.” 

Amanda Oldfield

Supporting British sheep farmers, their wool, and the welfare of their sheep has led Amanda on her new journey as a shepherd. Her first-hand experience has provided her with an educated approach to her crusade for wool. As an ambassador for its benefits, she wants fellow consumers to understand wool’s breathability, its hypoallergenic properties, and its alternate uses, including gardening and insulation. 

As with our crusade to rid the ocean of plastic with our pioneering Ocean Collection and award-winning Linen Collection, Amanda says: “Plastic pollution is undeniable in our ecosystem. Man-made microfibres and fossil fuel-based fibres, such as polyester and acrylic, are major contributors. In contrast, wool is biodegradable. By promoting the natural fibre’s positive environmental impact, I want to grow support for the British wool industry and encourage consumers to choose wool for themselves.” 

As we embark on our own journey towards B Corp accreditation, we are always keen to learn about fellow brands sustainability initiatives.  

“The journey to sustainability is ongoing. We are always searching for improvements to our products and processes. As people, we place importance on animal welfare and biodiversity professionally and personally. Our next step is to educate raising awareness of wool’s opportunities, the benefits of shearing, and how sheep can be integral to the local biodiversity. If organic natural fibres and local sourcing become the norm, we might phase out plastics and our reliance on fossil fuels sooner.” 

Amanda Oldfield

For more of Amanda’s inspiring discourse, tune in to her Two in a Bed Podcast, available via Podbean and most other podcast providers. 

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