About Bear Industries

Mark Wilkinson:Designer, Creator and Engineer of re-imagined objects.

Each piece of Bear Industries lighting, furniture and sculpture is individual and showcases handcrafted, bespoke elements fused with carefully curated salvage finds. Mark’s work carries a distinct engineered identity with impeccable attention to detail, with his talent for identifying the character in time-worn objects he reinvents each component.

Mark is a life-long maker of things and collector of treasures, everything is important, and nothing is wasted. With a background in Automotive design, clay modelling and engineering, anything and everything is possible to create at Bear Industries!

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At Bear Industries we have worked on both interior and exterior commissions for galleries and architects as well as retail and private clients. Mark and his work have featured multiple times on Quest’s ‘Scrap Kings’.

At Bear, we are open to commissions of any scale, whether it be a transformation of a treasured piece of history or creation of a newly imagined sculpture from a multitude of materials that can be brand new or rescued salvage items or both. Regardless of approach, Mark follows a sympathetic restoration ethos to provide authentic design pieces that can stand the test of time.


The Process

Mark can work either from your brief or create something that is distinctive for you and will happily work through a discovery phase to prepare a proposal with supporting sketch models before commencing the build.

After a number of years sharing a cramped desk in our small, but perfectly formed study in Hampton, Chris & I enlisted Mark to help achieve utopia for 2 working people in our study. With our preference for industrial design, we worked with Mark on the brief, discussing the needs and desires to achieve happiness in working from home. We have always erred away from “run of the mill” design and Mark was the perfect choice to help us in our design needs. Mark prepared a conceptual model and sketches before settling on the final design and he then embarked on creating a perfectly sized double desk, sturdy, almost brutalist design, we were delighted with the finished product. It truly has stood the test of time, from holding graphical, musical and other hardware devices, plus our desk has provided over 10 years of delightful working hours in the home – Thank you Mark.

We were looking for some bespoke and unusual signage for our new studio, and were struggling to find anyone with the vision to create what we were looking for. Mark of Bear Industries was recommended to us, and went above and beyond to help with detailed design and fabrication of our brilliant signs, using skill and craftsmanship that the big sign making companies just couldn’t compete with. We are delighted with them, and receive lots of compliments!

Sasha Edmunds
LIV Architects