My name is neither Albert nor Edward but Duncan McKean.
I have always liked to buy quirky old items from a very young age. As a child I was intrigued with my Grandad's workshop, and the odds and ends he had in there.
Once I left school I started an apprenticeship as a carpenter/joiner. I used to buy my tools from a local bootfairs in Canterbury as the quality of steel and the workmanship on the tools was far superior. Whilst at these bootfairs I started picking up old oil cans, wooden boxes and anything which caught my eye. At this point in my life I went onto university to study Interior Architecture and became Interior Designer for many years.
For the last 16 years I have been a Design Technology teacher, but I missed being a creative. I started creating lighting from my collection of antiques in my Dad’s workshop, which I made purely for my own pleasure but my partner encouraged me to sell some of my items .... and that is where it all began ....
Now I have a select number of people working for Albert & Edward, including my son Isaac who works with me creating lighting, whilst studing welding and fabrication at college. We have gone from selling at local fairs to selling at Greenwich Market, appearing on BB1 and Channel 4, supplying varoius retail outlets and we now shipping worldwide!