Claire Norcross

I worked with Claire at Habitat, and it was immediately clear that she was exceptionally talented. I vividly remember the first time I saw the cardboard model of the Ribbon light, and knew it was something very special.

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If they were to make an action figure of you, what would your accessory be?
I think it would be some kind of torch or light beam!

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your design life has taken?
Hmmm good question and admittedly I feel that I have, until relatively recently, allowed my design life to unfold and respond to different projects as they come along. However, having experienced these different projects, from educational projects, to having my own business and designing for high street stores, I now have a greater understanding and awareness of what my skills are and where I feel best placed (and happiest!) in this wonderful world of design.

What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I have almost come to lighting design quite accidently. My approach to lighting is very much about the effect of light on materials. I take my inspiration mostly from the natural world, looking at plant forms and the structures found within in nature. I then look to find the material or technique which feels the most appropriate.

What product or event inspired you to be a designer?
I remember being at Glastonbury and looking at the installations and lights within the tents and stages and thinking that I really wanted to be involved in something like that!

If you could go back in time and become the designer of any existing item, what would you choose?
I’m interested in structure, so I think it would probably be a building rather than a product, perhaps something like the Spaceship Earth ball of the Epcot Centre or the Matrimadir temple in Pondicherry, India. Or perhaps a Yurt, beautiful structures!