Katty Barac runs One Foot Taller, designing lighting and homeware with an emphasis on simplicity, durability and elegance. The company was started in 1995 in Glasgow, some of the products are made by a small factory in Scotland and some are made in France where she now has her home, family and studio. Katty loves to work with producers who are local to both of these bases, - good environmentally and great for communication!
'As a designer I find it grounding and enjoyable to have a practical hand in my products. I try to have a range of hand-finished products and do the finishing myself.'
After 20 successful years of production, winning awards along the way, One Foot Taller continues to design lighting, furniture and home accessories. They aim to offer enduring, sustainably-produced and practical homeware that - despite its elegant simplicity - has character and personality. Not-so-guilty pleasures!
New materials and processes are used for their possibilities, traditional ones are employed for their strengths, and sustainability is always of great importance. Katty mostly works with plastics, woods and metals but is keen to experiment whenever possible!