Prior to launching Spiggy we have had the pleasure of working with Philip Watts and his talented team for almost 15 years, during which time we have witnessed the company grow steadily and eventually expand overseas. Now, ahead of the forthcoming New York expo, it is great to see him featured in the Wall Street Journal!
The article explains how the talented designer graduated at a time when the UK was mired in recession and jobs were hard to find, so he set up a makeshift studio in his student house and started to design curved candlesticks which he carved from wood and then cast in metal at a local foundry. Persuading a handful of shops to sell the pieces, Philip Watts Design was launched.
“It was about the time that Alessi and Philippe Starck were becoming huge and I liked what they were doing—in particular their sense of humor.”
This sense of humour can be seen throughout his eclectic collections, centred around a core range of products and including bespoke pieces for commercial and residential projects in projects throughout the UK, Europe, The Middle East and now Australia/NZ and the USA.
Ruth Bloomfield wrote this fantastic piece for WSJ about the man, his story and the ethos behind the brand. Read the full article on our Facebook page and learn about the product he designed that opened up a whole new market and catapulted Philip out of the backyard of his student home.
To quote Philip, "It went mental".
Images by Vanessa Berberian