London Design Fair 2017 August 19, 2017 10:18

Come and see some new lighting and have a chat with Katty at London Design Fair 2017. 

Sept 21-24th 2017 TENT, Stand E09, 1st floor
Old Truman Brewery
26 Hanbury Street
E1 6QR
Trade passes for LONDON DESIGN FAIR are free until 15th Sept, get some with this LINK 
Opening times... getting there

Misty exclusive at Red Door Interiors. July 04, 2017 16:29

Very happy to say that the 'Mist' Waisted Frosted Table lamps are being shown exclusively at Red Door Interiors, new interior design studio in Glasgow. Fill your head with ideas and your home with misty lamps after seeing what Red Door have to offer!

Waisted frosted Caramel Mist lamp table light lighting made in UKWaisted Frosted Petrol Mist table lamp from One Foot Taller. Lighting, lamps, contemporary light

Waisted Frosted Petrol Mist table lamp from One Foot Taller. Lighting, lamp, contemporary lighting and light fittingsWaisted Frosted Caramel Mist table lamp from One Foot Taller, Lighting, Interiors, lamps, hand made in UK

One Foot Taller at Timorous Beasties Shed April 07, 2017 15:30

timorous beasties shed wallpaper interior lighting one foot taller
Glasgow. Timorous Beasties and One Foot Taller met in 1995 in Glasgow.  We've been friends and collaborated on various things over the years, even though I moved to France and have been running One Foot Taller from afar since 2007. I planned a March trip to Glasgow in order to do some work with the Glasgow School of Art, meet with designers clients and manufacturers in Scotland. So... we decided to get some of my work up with theirs in the new Timorous Beasties Shed space, - a beautiful and industrial showroom, big enough to celebrate the scale of their work. We chatted a little as they got the space together so it was lovely to see it in action at the end of my week there.
On a rainy Friday evening the other week people wandered in to see that TB wall-coverings and fantastic upholstered furniture were shown in full glory, illuminated here and there by One Foot Taller clusters of lamps and suspensions. A great night in the Shed and a lovely way to see the pieces complimenting each other. Sometimes intricate, sometimes bold and always impressively interesting, the surface patterns on show from Timorous Beasties provide a beautiful and rich environment for calm and elegant lighting to float within. It’s a joy, after all this time, to see our products working together as well as ever.

build it November 02, 2016 09:02

Thank you Build It for sneaking so many pictures of Ethel Holey Lampshades into your article about Chris and Anthea Desyllas' beautiful big house.

Ethel Holey Lampshade One Foot Taller Project Desyllas Build It

finished camping September 30, 2016 13:45

Camping out at TENT was lovely, thank you for the visits, chats and general friendliness.

Thanks for the orders too. In the next few months I may have to start a

stockists page since you people are flung far and wide.

Right, best get on.



Yes, London Design Fair was nice, roll on London Design Festival 2017.

LDF within the LDF, yikes.


Show and Tell, London Design Fair, TENT 2016 September 13, 2016 09:11

Come and see the new WHIP and WAISTED collections launching at TENT next week. .. I'll show and tell you all about them.
22-25th Sept
TENT:  Hall 1, Pitch E09
London Design Fair
Old Truman Brewery
27 Hanbury Street, 
London, E1 6QR
Do it before 21 Sept for free trade passes

coming up August 21, 2016 21:04

London Design Fair. Oh! TENT will be upon us before you know it!

22nd-25th Sept you'll find me at stand E09, hall 1 in TENT... loafing about, talking, laughing and offering you a glass of my favourite local red wine if you arrive late enough. I will ALSO be enthusing at you relentlessly about my array of new lighting products... some glassy and Waisted, some nylonny and Whippish.

I like Tents.

chatty chat chat April 21, 2016 12:04

Made To Last interview, here as WELL forgoodnessake... I know I know, but they're good folk, go and have a browse with all that wonderful spare time.


Katty Barac, one of the Founders of One Foot Taller talks about their approach to designing and making their stunning and unique range of Glaswegian polyethylene lights and lampshades.

What do you make and why?

Lighting furniture and home accessories…

Will and I started the business straight after graduating from Glasgow School of Art. We, along with our tiny group of product design class-mates formed a culture of care and equality as we wandered through our college days together. We all entered competitions in order to all fill a group fund, discussed environmental and social issues around technological and political developments happening at the time and ended up pretty close. We started the business in order to keep designing things we value, working how we want, caring and being cared for by suppliers customers and other designers. I don’t intend to stop, it’s very enjoyable.

We know your products are great, you know your products are great but how can they know?

They can tell by seeing the aesthetic combination of simplicity and elegance with a touch of the not so ordinary sneaking out. By knowing that the products are produced in solid little batches by small happy manufacturers and that there is as little packaging and transport used to ferry these blighters over to them as possible.

One Foot Taller Ethel Holey Lampshade
One Foot Taller Ethel Holey Lampshade – £114.60

Whereabouts does your manufacturing take place?

The polyethylene lamps and shades are produced by a small factory in Irvine, Scotland. They traditionally produce car parts and bins, but when we came up with an idea for risky production of a chair in 1998 (‘Chasm’) they were up for doing billions of prototypes with us. We’ve worked together and been friends ever since.

One Foot Taller Polly Floor Lamp
One Foot Taller Polly Floor Lamp – £114.60

What is the toughest part of the product development process for you?

New products using unfamiliar methods of production are always the most exciting to develop. The scary part is that they use production methods that I’m not familiar with and sometimes in ways that haven’t been tried before! All manner of things can go wrong while trying to work out how best to use a method of manufacture that is normally used in other ways… but that exploration-risk is the fun of creation. So yes, manufacturing mixing in with the design process is the hardest part of the equation.

One Foot Taller Polly Standard Lampshade
One Foot Taller Polly Standard Lampshade – £106.80

What is the most enjoyable part of the process of product development for you?

I love drawing by hand in pencil. Initial drawings are where you can question expectations try something unconventional and express yourself… Try to create a bit of beauty. This is always reined in by the practical limitations of a project, but those challenges, which are normally a little frustrating, bring super satisfaction when they’re overcome.

One Foot Taller Polly Inverse Black Shade
One Foot Taller Polly Inverse Black Shade – £106.80

Do you have any new products/ranges planned for the next year or so?

Yes. Glass products with a small hand-blowing glass company in Scotland. I’m very excited about visiting them for the first few tries…soon.

What products or people have helped to inspire you to create the products that you do?

Most friends are inspiring… through their actions and sentiment, down to their practical advice and feedback on prototypes! Some mentors have also given me superb advice over the years, from my mother Carol, to Norman McNally, to Deyan Sudjic to Ron Arad. They have inspired confidence and honesty as opposed to encouraging specific design or business directions.

One Foot Taller Cube Lamp Side Table
One Foot Taller Cube Lamp Side Table – £157.20

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know

I play a tiny bit of violin for a between-jobs-rest most days while working… that or I do some SANDING.

What do you wish we had asked you?

About my magic tricks…

MTL – What? We definitely need more information on that topic.

Which light or lampshade in your range do you personally use the most and why?

I have Ethel Lampshades (and the inverse version) all over the house as do most of our family and friends. They seem to go with everything and bring a little serenity to all of our lives.

One Foot Taller Ethel Inverse Lampshade
One Foot Taller Ethel Inverse Lampshade – £106.80

Why did you name your products as you have?

I like to name products in a way which either reflects their form, use, or helps to understand the way they’re made. Polyethylene is the material used to make the ‘Polly’ and the ‘Ethel’, and I think there’s always room to mention more female names in our lovely masculine world.

MTL – Thank you for your time Katty, it has been great to learn some more about you and your approach to design and manufacture. 

Booared February 16, 2016 14:39

No no, not bored - just making boards. Have to stop once the snow's thick and the car's packed though... snowboards are even more fun than sanding boards.

Go to the boutique page to order some of these boards fresh off the chop saw.


Weighty waity cabinet. November 29, 2015 22:12

Oh it's been a journey, but the trophy cabinet for Bearsden Primary IS BEAUTIFUL.

Large and heavy in solid walnut with solid dimensions, careful craftsmanship producing fine detailing, rich resiny text and eco oiled silkiness. Thank you Simon and your silo design and build...


Mine landed in the deep shelf on the left... September 11, 2015 15:24

When you have to keep everyone's stuff off the floor, it really should be shelves: Make em solid, big enough, and make sure that they're all different sizes for organise-tastic pazazzzzzzzzzzzz… These ones are about to go in the bathroom and be covered in lotions, bubbles, ducks, towels and toilet paper. I'm tempted to just keep them in the bedroom for clothing target practice, - "where did your T-shirt land?"

No. That would be shelfish. This'll go in the projects ideas page, in oak and in larch...


Quand vous avez besoin de ranger vos affaires il vous faut une étagère...Il faut qu'elle soit grande et solide, avec des lieux de tailles différentes pour se faire plaisir en rangeant...

On va mettre cette étagère dans la salle des bains, mais je suis tentée de la laisser dans la chambre, pour lancer des vêtements dessus.

L'étagère sera disponible... (Chêne ou Mélèze) sur la page projets idées.

Sandy September 07, 2015 10:46

Some people haven't sanded wood, seen that change and and smelt that smell. Try it. I'd better finish sandin. 

Last day SALE ... SOLDES August 31, 2015 07:38


Buy now or forever hold your peace... These products are on sale until 10pm GMT TIME tonight!


SOLDES jusqu'à 23H GMT+1 ce soir!

Something for the weekend...? Sale Soldes last few days August 28, 2015 09:27

Only a few days of this sale left... Monday night it's all going normal again, that's 31st Aug at 10pm GMT.

Il y a que le weekend pour acheter mes products en soldes! Ce sera terminé le 31 août à 23H00 GMT+1


xxx bises

homify says August 20, 2015 16:49

Homify have been writing about lights, and seem to like those elegant handy Ethels, showing them as used by Philip Watts Design in one of their lovely interiors.


Homify ont fait un article sur l'´clairage et ils trouvent l'abat jour 'Ethel' élégant et pratique pour des grands espaces intérieurs.

Black is the new black August 01, 2015 08:55

Just minding my own business, hanging black lamps in a tree, in the middle of a storm...

Black because they're 100% recycled (that's the only colour easily achieved, Henry Ford would have approved). Good outdoors since the flotsam and jetsam out here is kinder to a black surface than to whitey-white ones, and you get cheeky, moody light, perfect for wild evenings outdoors. 



They'll end up being listed in the boutique soon enough, once I've taken more pics...but for now they're on exhibition at Markus Bausch's Association Béchamel, come rain or shine...

SALE time 30% off! ... SOLDES 30% de remise! July 17, 2015 07:36

30% off all products 'til end August!

Just go to the boutique and order whatever you like, they're 30% less than normal... From Chalky Hooks for an organised house, to Napkin Rings as a fantastc present, to elegant lighting for the autumn months to come, they're all a bit of a bargain.

Retailers, you too! Just get in touch to order stock at a 30% discount.


Soldes! Les produits de One Foot Taller sont à moins 30% jusqu'a fin août!

Allez sur la page boutique et commandez tout ce que vous voulez!

Des crochets 'Chalky' pour organiser votre maison, des ronds de serviettes qui feraient de fantastique cadeaux et d'élégants luminaires pour les mois d'automne à venir...

Revendeurs: Nous contacter pour un tarif - remise de 30% même sur le prix de gros!

sale sale sale ... soldes soldes soldes July 16, 2015 15:27

SALE! - starting tomorrow. All 15 products will be back up for sale at their new lower prices


SOLDES! - à partir de demain. Les 15 produits seront encore disponibles à acheter à leur nouveaux prix baissés