Based in: Newcastle Upon Tyne
PHAT is a British design studio representing the collaborative work and professional partnership of Claudia Surrage and Christian Cowper. Christian and Claudia combine youthful simplicity with elegant sophistication - playfully treading a path between art and design.
Christian and Claudia met at Northumbria University, both studying Three-Dimensional Design: Furniture and Product - both achieving First Class Honours. Through various creative endeavours; their love for art, design, and simply making things formed a strong friendship.
Alongside their final major projects at Northumbria University, the development of numerous collaborative projects were also underway. Projects spanned through ceramics, jewellery, and furniture design. The progression, motivation, and positivity of working collaboratively strengthened each others focus, growing their creative pastimes into something more legitimate: Phat.
Now, the duo's studio is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, north England. Operating in an array of creative fields, Christian and Claudia’s experience spans from furniture, lighting, and product design, to ceramics, jewellery, and sculpture. Projects are undertaken both in collaboration with established companies, as well as personally designed and produced work.
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