“Phat combines youthful simplicity with elegant sophistication,
playfully treading a path between design, and art.”
Phat represents the collaborative work and professional partnership of Christian Cowper and Claudia Surrage: award winning designers with a passion for thought provoking design. Phat combines youthful simplicity with elegant sophistication, playfully treading a path between design, and art. Primitive forms create thoughtful compositions.
Craft, an area balanced between art and industry is the foundation of Phat’s work. A personal understanding and sensitivity to materials through hand-making is vital: something that is becoming increasingly scarce with the dominance of technology involved within design. Phat draws inspiration from everywhere, whether; people, movement, texture, colour, shapes, light, and shadows. Maintaining an interested, curious, and open mind is key to Phat’s working process.
Christian and Claudia met at Northumbria University, both studying 3D 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.
Christian and Claudia’s lighthearted and playful view of their surroundings is refreshing and, really does aid us in seeing things from a different perspective. Their signature illustration is an excellent example of this: a perky butt, created from the two C’s which begin both of their names!