The company was founded in 1997 by Birgit Israel, known as Babylon Design at the time. The name of the company was then changed to Birgit Israel in 2006. During the past 20 years Birgit Israel has evolved from designing for other companies, to creating her own collection of lighting and accessories. She also started her own production company and created her first line of furniture, which was introduced in 2006. These pieces are influenced by Birgit’s love of vintage and antique pieces. Each piece from the BI Signature Collection is hand made using timeless materials.
From the flagship store in Chelsea, Birgit followed her passion of mixing old and new. The showroom was renowned for the mixture of antiques and modern design. Inspiration has always come from her extensive travels and living in various countries.
Influences such as American Hollywood Regency, French 18th and 19th Century Antiques, Danish Mid-century and Neoclassical lines have established her style.
As a collector of art, fashion, classic jewellery, antiques, antique and modern ceramics, Birgit hand-picks each piece for the showroom. Renowned for her eye, the showroom has now moved to Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. This showroom is the only place where the company is exhibiting the ever changing mix of everything beautiful with the BI Signature Collection.
Our aim at Birgit Israel is to produce timelessly elegant pieces which mature beautifully over time, just like vintage and antique pieces. Birgit Israel continues to challenge the industry with her designs, thinking of ways in which she can create eclectic modern interiors. Birgit still works as a Creative Director and focuses on Interior Design projects.
We are very pleased to announce that we are also manufacturing our collections in the UK, holding onto our reputation of fine taste and craftsmanship. We are now holding a small stock of items from our BI Collection and will continue to work with bespoke requirements to ensure we accommodate our client’s orders.