news...

october 2014... our brand and spanking new studio, converted from an old public toilet will be open for the Brighton and Hove Eco Open Houses tour on 25th and 26th October 10-1 and 2-5. come and say hello!

welcome to claire potter design

we are a design studio based in Brighton. here is a little bit about us...
  • 2008

    founded in 2008...

    claire potter design was founded in 2008 with a strong commitment to being a friendly, passionate studio creating fantastic and ethical projects. to live, and create what we love.

  • 2014

    what have we done...

    since we started, we have completed over 75 projects for interiors, landscapes and products and have worked across the UK with wonderful clients. we have spoken internationally about the power of sustainable design and run events about our studio design passions. still living what we love.

  • 2014

    we are moving...

    and as of october 2014, we are moving to our new studio - a former public wc that we have converted into a new, industrial styled design studio. from our new home, Studio Loo, we will be not only designing each day, but running events and courses too. we will have a window gallery of stuff we have sourced and made, plus great things that others have made too. come and say hello.

how can we help?

we work across a variety of design disciplines - here is a brief introduction...

interior design

we provide a full service for interior design projects, from concept design to project management and everything in between for both private and commercial clients. need planning permission or building regulations submissions? we can help with that too.

landscape design

we specialise in soft but contemporary landscape and garden schemes of all sizes, with a particular emphasis on edible planting. we undertake both residential schemes or public / large commercial spaces and focus on site specific planting to enhance biodiversity.

product design

we create our own ranges of products for use in our interior design projects, some of which are also available as limited editions. salvaged and upcycled materials are also used extensively by the studio.

writing

from our award winning blog, the ecospot blog (which is below), to design research and reviews, we believe writing is a key part of design thinking. our writing has also featured in online articles as well as print publications on design and architecture.

speaking

claire lectures and speaks internationally on design, whilst also being an Associate Lecturer at both the University of Sussex and the Open University. claire was also selected as a BBC Expert Woman in design and architecture in 2014, has been interviewed on BBC Radio and is currently working with production companies on programming concepts for television.

courses and events

we are in the process of finalising the courses and events which will run at our new studio - Studio Loo - a converted former public WC in Hove. day courses on interior design and creativity will feature, along with foraging dinners and hands on workshops. contact us to receive our events newsletter and be kept up to date.

sustainable

whatever we do, we strive to ensure that we create design that is exciting as well as being ethical. recycled products, upcycled products, salvaged pieces, local craftspeople, locally sourced items and biodiversity supporting designs are our thing.

welcome to the ecospot blog

our daily ramblings about all things to do with sustainable design...
tim burton posters
Oct 0
Oct 0

SPOTTED – a lovely Tim Burton poster collection…

Last Sunday, we were thinking about our Hallowe’en costumes and on discovering a black and white striped jacket in a charity shop I announced that I would be creating a female Beetlejuice outfit as a nod to my favourite director and macabre specialist, Tim Burton. And almost simultaneously, we found these Tim Burton posters on […]

  Read more
draught excluder
Oct 0
Oct 0

brrr. it has got a bit chilly… our top tips for draught exclusion…

There are many causes for feeling a bit chilly in your house. Heat, once produced, should be kept in place, but there is one major enemy of cosiness.┬áThe draught. These are due to inevitable little holes which will still rush through with cold air, taking all your hard earned heat with them. And according to […]

  Read more
skeleton print
Oct 0
Oct 0

Wednesday Walls – a dancing skeleton print…

We have a bit of an obsession with skulls and skeletons here in the studio. Well. I do anyway. In some ways perhaps it links with the other studio obsession of scaffolding – that framework of support with beautiful junctions. Often, the structures we create are described as skeletal too, so there is a definite […]

  Read more
Sting Stool
Oct 0
Oct 0

SPOTTED – the Sting stool by Aud Julie Befring…

Today on SPOTTED we have a fantastic stool that we noticed on Design Milk, who had in turn spotted it at the 100% Norway stand as part of Tent London. It ticks all the boxes for us – fusing interesting, comfortable, modern design with craft and handmade aspects. It is honest. The stool / storage […]

  Read more
espalier apples alliums and box 1
Oct 0
Oct 0

Wednesday walls – espalier apples, alliums and box…

Today on Wednesday walls we are giving you a very brief peek at our new studio, which is finally taking shape and will be open very soon for the Brighton Eco Open Houses tours in the middle of this month. It is an old public toilet that we have converted into a new design studio […]

  Read more
eco-filament-close-up
Sep 0
Sep 0

SPOTTED – the Factorylux Eco-Filament bulb by Urban Cottage Industries

We are often faced with decisions as designers. Some large, some small – but decisions none the less. As we specialise in industrial styled interior design, we tend to favour the bare bulb aesthetic, with braided fabric cable and metal fixings and fittings. But, when we are working with a client to create a responsible […]

  Read more
espalier apples alliums and box 2
Sep 0
Sep 0

Monday Musings – designers, plants and conversations…

Today on Monday musings we are looking at something that happened at the weekend that sparked a bit of an ‘aha’ moment. We are (still) in the process of finishing our new studio – a former public toilet in Hove that we are converting into a design studio and, as we are nearing the completion […]

  Read more
Creativity quote
Sep 0
Sep 0

wednesday walls – a lovely quote for any wall…

Today on Wednesday walls we thought we would find a nice quote, especially as we Weekend Words has taken a bit of a break over the last couple of weeks because of our escapades at the London Design Festival. Plus, we have also been in the thick of discussing exactly what creativity is all about […]

  Read more
headphone holders 2
Sep 0
Sep 0

tuesday musings – the power of fixing – again, continued…

Today on Tuesday Musings we are carrying on with the ramblings of yesterday – what we were up to at the London Design Festival with Fixperts and Sugru – spreading the word of design, and essentially, fixing as an integral part of the design process and education. After the Sugru ‘Love Your Stuff’ party on […]

  Read more
Fixperts and Sugru fixing Party 4
Sep 0
Sep 0

Monday musings – the power of fixing – again…

Today on Monday musings, (and tomorrow as we are splitting what would otherwise be a very long post) we have a little run down of the activities we took part in last week for the wonderful London Design Festival, which unsurprisingly all had a bit of a tilt towards sustainable design and fixing and the […]

  Read more

how we spend our time...

we know it adds up to more than 100%. we work really hard as we love our work.

interior design projects...

landscape design projects...

speaking and writing...

studio research...

projects completed to date...
awards for design projects and writing...
new office - converted from a former public wc in Brighton...

clients...

we work with lots of lovely people - here are a few of our commercial clients..
*

testimonials...

a few things that our clients have said about us...