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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 2015 - Artists Open Houses, Brighton - over four weekends in May, Studio Loo will be open for the Artists Open Houses West Hove trail, showing our curated selection of great design, prints, illustration and homewares from brilliant designers, as well as our 2015 collection of sustainable designed furniture and products for the home.
07 June 2015 - Urban Foraging Ramble - we will be leading a foraging walk through Hove and Brighton for the Brighton and Hove Urban Ramblers. SPACES VERY LIMITED!
Many moons ago, whilst living in France, we were a little bit confused when the shops in the alpine town in which we were residing decked themselves out with underwater scenes at the end of March. We were miles away from any coast, and a fishing festival seemed quite unlikely. However, on the first of […]
Often, when people find out that we are ‘eco interior architects’, they ask exactly what that means. Do we only use natural materials? Do we use reclaimed materials? Do we have a particular look? The answer varies, but the general consensus is ‘sometimes’. We do use a huge amount of natural materials and specialise in […]
Today we have the first in our new series of inspirational images and words for our Weekend Words series – and we are starting a new photographic range – with all photos taken by the studio… Our first image was taken on a recent trip to the French Alps and is one of our favourite […]
Every day, across the world, we are creating more and more stuff. More stuff that we will use, discard and possibly never see again. Of course, some stuff we will continue to use, cherish and (hopefully) develop and repair throughout our lives, but unfortunately this is rather in the minority. This is one of the […]
Yes. For those eagle eyed people out there – yes – the title of this post has been shamelessly ripped off from the subtitle of the marvellous ‘Cradle to Cradle’ manifesto by Braungart and McDonough. But it is something that we think about a great deal here in the studio. We are designers and makers […]
We are really happy today to announce that we have been selected to be part of the GreenMatch Top 100 Green Initiatives for 2015! We are in very wonderful company and are placed at number 10 in the top 20 projects section. GreenMatch chose the 100 because – ‘The number of organisations, businesses and people […]
Well – happy World Book Day everyone. We have to say, every day for us is a book day as we have a possibly unhealthy obsession with all things book and print – from the very new to the very old. However, we are fully aware that the invention of the good old internet has […]
Just a quick one – we have been invited to become a member of Homify UK, a database of lots of professionals showing what we do best. As part of the Eco Design contingency, our profile will show lots of stuff like before and after photos of projects, as well as the spectrum of different […]
We are very lucky at the studio to be located along a very long road in Hove that can only be described as ‘eclectic’. With Portslade Station at one end, and well into the reaches of Hove in another, Portland Road is about a mile or so of houses, schools, a park and a variety […]
Bringing a bit of light into the depths of winter is a tradition that has long been part of human nature. The Yule log for instance, is one attempt to revive Mother Nature back into life and lighten the dark evenings. And lighting designer Sarah Turner has brought another tree to life with her recent […]
As designers we are faced with daily choices. How to design something – what it is made of and how we source the materials are key to understanding the impact of our designs. This is why we choose to work with as much ‘waste’ material as possible in our work and we are delighted to […]
We are big supporters of creating new things from waste, especially as most waste – with a bit of thought – can be redirected into creating new products. This can come in many forms, from buildings that can be created from waste materials (like the Waste House in Brighton) through to new consumer products (such […]
As well as designing stuff, we do lots of behind the scenes work within the spheres (excuse the pun) of the circular economy – especially around why we consume things, how we consume them and our general attitudes to making things from waste. And of course, there are lots of fantastic examples of products that […]
We are delighted that we have been up to loads of interesting and exciting things already this year, and we can now announce the first… Back in January we were part of the first call for Brighton based makers for the forthcoming redevelopment of a long term derelict site in the city… So what exactly […]
Okay – we know that we were due to have published this in January, but hey – we have been busy with cool stuff that we are not allowed to talk about yet. So, very much in the mindset of better late than never, here are our top picks of 2015 trends… Geometric to stay […]
Today, we are continuing our trend predictions and are delighted to report that we have been featured on the Designer Insights section of the Terry’s Blinds blog – talking about our work and five of our top tips for interior design in 2015… Courtesy of: Terrys Blinds
Ok – we are DONE with 2014 and are now looking towards 2015, so for the rest of the month, we will be looking at our predictions for what we think will feature heavily in the coming 12 months. This will be a mixture of design predictions, fashion predictions and behaviour predictions – all based […]
Ok – we know it was not that long ago – and that Christmas stuff feels a bit weird in January, but that said, there is something for getting a nice surprise in the post, regardless of the time of year. So, we are recapping back to early December today, and our very popular post […]
Back in November we were asked to contribute to the rather marvellous EDGE Condition publication, and we decided to write a bit of a rant about how we dislike the term ‘eco design’… first published 26 November 2014… A little while ago, back in 2008 when I set up this studio, we were very explicit […]
2014 was a big year for us in many ways – including completing the building of our new studio in Brighton, which we have converted from an old public toilet into an industrially styled, eclectic space. And in October, we opened our studio to the first visitors on the Eco Open Houses tour weekend, whilst […]
'Claire Potter Design carried out interior design and construction work on our lounge and courtyard garden. Claire created attractive yet functional designs that were executed to a very high standard. Claire was excellent at interpreting my brief - I felt able to trust her advice and so could move outside my comfort zone with some of the ideas. This meant that the finished design was more adventurous than I could have done myself. It was great to have one company design and implement the work, as this gave a level of flexibility to make practical adjustments as the work progressed. I found Claire Potter Design to be very professional and extremely friendly.' (Mrs R. Sutton)interior design
'I was delighted with the service received from Claire Potter Design and I very quickly settled on the contemporary design option presented. The work on site was carried out very efficiently - the result is excellent and has been commented upon with appreciation by a number of people. I can highly recommend Claire Potter Design' (Mr R. Saville)landscape design