My story all started with a fountain pen, a post-it and a 9 to 5 desk job.
I was sat in the office one day feeling totally uninspired when I picked up my fountain pen and started to sketch on a post-it what turned out to my first CLAOS design. I came from a creative background with a degree in the arts but so it wasn’t unusual for me to procrastinate by drawing but this particular design was different. I can’t explain why but I poured an extraordinary amount of time and care into producing that sketch. So much so that I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away, so I took it home that night, digitised the image and applied some really vibrant colour. I continued to illustrate over a 12 month period and eventually had a portfolio of over 750 designs but I wasn’t sure what to do with these. So I set up a design business and CLAOS was born.
I had always been interested in interior design and so I began to explore opportunities to use interior products and furnishings as blank canvases to showcase my artwork. I went to various design trade shows such as 100% Design and Tradex (to name a few) together with some national craft fairs to get a better understanding of the market and the evolution of colour trends. Once I had settled on my final 50 designs I wanted to use, I began by printing my designs onto fabrics which I would then use to create cushions. I had learned to sew many years before so this seemed like a natural progression, however I still wanted a different medium to work with.
Our lampshade range at CLAOS is now our most popular product.
The lovely smiley face of Chase from Claos Interiors.
Our first male lampshade maker on the blog!
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