About us

One Foot Taller is an award-winning contemporary lighting company who have been producing our elegant lighting 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 our studio in France where Katty is based.

One Foot Taller has always believed in matching 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 and publications over the years, of which winning the Peugeot Design Awards and being given Millennium Product status for the Chasm Chair are the most memorable. 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) when they graduated with degrees in Product Design from Glasgow School of Art in 1995. Will later became head of Dyson's Product Innovation before deciding to become a jeweller.  Starting out producing furniture as well as lighting, Katty now loves the focus of designing and producing just lighting for interiors, 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.

One Foot Taller is based in Glasgow, GB, but Katty also now designs from her studio and workshops in rural France, 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 workshop in France.