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.
Today on weekend colour inspiration, we are looking at a few images we took at a recent visit in Brighton. The Booth Museum of Natural History is one of those places that we travel back to – looking at the wonderful cases of Victorian taxidermy to study pattern, juxtapositions, the building itself and of course, […]
Today on spotted we have a rather alternative to the traditional wallpapers out there. No florals, limited colours, a bit scrappy and very industrial looking. Doesn’t sound like a wallpaper at all does it? Well, as part of the range available at Merci, the Brooklyn Tiles are one such wallpaper that does not feel like […]
Lighting can make a massive difference to a scheme. And of course, there are many different types of lighting which can be selected to create the right sort of usable or decorative statement. But when picking statement lighting – the single piece that you see when you enter a room – there are so many […]
Neon is a big thing here in the studio. We love a bit of neon green (photos of our new studio coming soon, where all will become clear…) and we love to see how other designers use neon too. We spotted this image over on Pinterest and tracked it down to the TreToEn blog – […]
We are suckers for a bit of tradition. Especially when it is a nice tradition – and really, we are heading full whack into one of the busiest times of year as far as tradition goes. We apologise in advance for using the C word in November, but hey. Christmas. Someone told me yesterday that there […]
We are huge fans of MissPrint’s wallpaper – as not only is it printed on PEFC registered paper, printed with organic pigment inks, they are designed and printed here in the UK. And they also have fantastic prints and patterns. We have used MissPrint’s wallpapers in a number of our projects and whilst sourcing a […]
I have always been an enthusiastic, but rather unskilled sewer. Many a day (and night) has been spent, wildly trying to create a dress from a vintage pattern for a party, or altering the garment that I had bought in a charity shop and needed a bit of adjustment – all with wildly varying levels […]
We have been going on about the whole repair issue quite a lot recently, and for our weekend colour inspiration post this week, we are sticking to the repair theme. This quite marvellous intervention in an urban environment shows architectural repair in a fun and interactive way – with Lego. Of course, this Lego piece […]
We often work with furniture that has seen better days. For us, these bits of half broken tables and chairs show not weakness, but a chance for opportunity and creativity. Plus, it is a bit of a salvage crusade. Saving a few pieces from landfill, or the bonfire creates a huge sense of satisfaction – as […]
'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