About | One Foot Taller
One Foot Taller is an award-winning contemporary lighting company which has been designing elegant lighting and producing those designs since 1995. The pieces combine elementary modern lines and utilitarian grace and are mostly made in Scotland, UK but some bespoke work is also done in the studio in France where founding member Katty Barac is based.
One Foot Taller has always strived to match good design with a clear conscience. Loving elegance, needing fair production and getting excited by things that work well for people is what makes One Foot Taller tick.
There have been welcome comments and critiques from many exhibitions institutions and publications over the years. Winning the Peugeot Design Awards and being given Millennium Product status for the Chasm Chair are the most memorable for Katty. The Queen invited us to tea a couple of times, and One Foot Taller work is in The International Design Yearbook and Conran Octopus Contemporary Furniture.
The company was founded by Katty Barac and Will White (who is one-foot-taller than Katty) after graduating with BA Hons degrees in Product Design from Glasgow School of Art in 1994. Will later became head of Dyson's Product Innovation before becoming a fine jeweller - and making Katty's wedding rings! Starting out producing furniture as well as lighting, Katty has now focused on designing and producing just lighting, concentrating on timeless decorative lighting for home and commercial settings.
A range of One Foot Taller products are available to buy on the shop page of this site, and they're also sold by discerning retailers around the world. For interior contracts both these standard and also bespoke products are produced for ambient and feature lighting. If you're a retailer, specifier or would like something designed get in touch.
Katty started the business in Glasgow, Scotland. She moved to France in 2007 and now designs from her studio and workshops there, where she lives with her husband Quinny and their two children Ella and Dylan. This environment is great for seeing far too many birds and sheep out of the studio window. It's also why you might receive products from a small factory in UK, or from a rather smaller studio in France.
'One Foot Taller' Quartier Maubourguet, 31580 Saint Plancard, France.
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