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Phat Design

“Bold and honest. Phat’s approach to design celebrates materials for what they are; expressing their beauty through form and proportion.”
PHAT is a contemporary British design studio representing the collaborative work and professional partnership of Claudia Surrage and Christian Cowper.
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.

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. The progression, motivation, and positivity of working collaboratively strengthened each others focus, growing their creative pastimes into something more legitimate: Phat.

Since establishing themselves in early 2019, projects have spanned graphic design, ceramics, jewellery, and furniture design. Notable achievements include their upcoming furniture collection with Bernhardt Design, as well as winning the Ein&Zwanzig international design award, and 2nd Prize in the prestigious Pure Talents Contest at IMM Cologne.

Education:
– BA Three-Dimensional Design: Furniture & Product
– Northumbria University- Newcastle upon Tyne
– 2018 graduation with First ClassHonours (both Christian Cowper & Claudia Surrage)

Awards:
– Ein & Zwanzig Competition – WINNER (2020)
– Pure Talents Contest 2019 – Imm Cologne – 2ND PRIZE (2019) – John Lewis x Umbra Collaboration Prize – WINNER (2018)

Exhibitions:
– Artist in Residence – New Pro Foundries (June – Present 2020)
– Artist in Residence – The Zetter, London (October – November, 2019)
– RAW – Mint (Contemporary Design Gallery), London (September, 2019) – Design Fresh – 100% Design, London (September,2019)
– One Year In – New Designers, London (July, 2019)
– Pure Talents – IMM Cologne (January, 2019)
– New Designers, London (2018)
– Northern Design Festival, Newcastle upon Tyne (2017)
– YoungFurnitureMakers,London(2017)

Upcoming:
– Salone Del Mobile|ein & zwanzig – Milan (20th-26th April, 2020) – ICFF|Bernhardt Design -New York City (17th-20th May,2020) – NeoCon|Bernhardt Design- Chicago (8th-20th June, 2020)

Press:
– Elle Decoration UK (August, 2020): Youth in Revolt Q+A
– Ambientes Magazine (June, 2020): Bench Gang &Primitive Forms features
– Observer Design (June, 2020): Furniture Feature,Terra Stool (Natural)
– Contract Magazine (May, 2020): Material Sensibilities & Q+A
– Home & Gardens (March, 2020) : ’In With The New’, Furniture Feature, Terra Stool (Red)
– Designing Magazine (February, 2020)