news...

october 2014... our brand and spanking new studio, converted from an old public toilet was open for the Eco Open houses tours this month. we had around 180 or so visitors, which was awesome. thank you to everyone that was able to come and say hello. we will be fully open very very soon - watch this space...

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...
claire potter design studio 3 featured
Oct 0
Oct 0

second Eco Open Houses weekend flies by…

It feels like ages ago now, but last weekend we opened our studio once more for the second Eco Open Houses tours in Brighton to another raft of visitors. Plus, as well as people that had come specifically to see us at the studio, there were loads of people who just happened to be wandering […]

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sugru the joy of fix
Oct 1
Oct 1

the joy of fix, with Sugru…

We love Sugru. We think it is a wonderous material that is flexible (excuse the pun) and can be used to fix a whole menagerie of items in our lives, ensuring that they stay out of landfill and firmly in daily use. But, as well as being a fantastic material, we adore the fact that […]

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Intrepid Camera Co
Oct 1
Oct 1

the Intrepid Camera – creating a storm on Kickstarter…

There are times in design that everything slots into place with a project. The research is there, the materials are right, the context is correct and the positioning is perfect. Things are elegant and considered. The project looks stunning and essentially – works – which is what turns a product from being good to being […]

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studio loo front
Oct 2
Oct 2

first eco open houses tour weekend a success…

We have been a little bit quiet over here on the ecospot over the last week or so. There are many reasons for this – for one, we were having a bit of a major design overhaul (and we hope you like the new look!) and as well as having a digital redesign we were […]

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tim burton posters
Oct 1
Oct 1

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 […]

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draught excluder
Oct 1
Oct 1

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 […]

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skeleton print
Oct 1
Oct 1

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 […]

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Sting Stool
Oct 1
Oct 1

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 […]

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espalier apples alliums and box 1
Oct 1
Oct 1

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 […]

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eco-filament-close-up
Sep 1
Sep 1

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 […]

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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..
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testimonials...

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