Our Story

Committed to exceptional materials and fine craftsmanship, the Bert & May name is synonymous with a raw yet refined aesthetic that underpins our entire collection.

Our story started in Spain in 2004, when Bert & May founder Lee Thornley left London to set up a reclaimed tile company in Andalusia. Just four years later, Lee opened his award-winning boutique hotel, Casa La Siesta, in Cadiz. As a result of his painstaking work on the interior of this sensitively restored country house, Lee found that he had a natural talent for sourcing reclaimed materials and rare antique fittings. He also discovered that this architectural salvage was much sought after by interior architects and designers and from here, a new project was born.

What began as an online venture selling reclaimed materials took on a new life in 2010 when Lee met Juanma, owner of a small family business that had specialised in making artisan encaustic tiles using traditional handmade techniques. The pair decided that the future of the company lay in making their own vintage-inspired designs, so the family factory reopened and production began. Rebranded and officially launched as Bert & May in September 2013, the company has evolved into a specialist supplier of handmade artisan tiles, engineered wood, natural pigment paints, and most recently, furniture, bathroom fittings and kitchens. In September 2013, Bert & May opened their first London showroom and retail space on Vyner Street in Bethnal Green. An atmospheric former warehouse situated on the Regent’s Canal, the studio brings together the entire Bert & May collection and offers a bespoke design service for interiors projects of any size.