Meet the Maker: Bright Corner

It’s somehow already November – the fireworks are popping as I write – and time for my fourth Meet the Maker post.

I’m really enjoying finding out about and showcasing the businesses that I feature on Meet the Maker.  I’m always so inspired by people who have taken the plunge to start their own business creating something completely unique and Chloe at Bright Corner is another great example.

Bright Corner design and manufacture simple birch ply lights which are perfect for children’s night lights as well as to brighten up the dark little corners of your house.  All of Chloe’s products are designed and manufactured in the UK and all packaging is recyclable making Bright Corner a brilliantly sustainable brand manufacturing beautiful products that you and your little ones will treasure forever.

What is your background and how did you get started with Bright Corner?

I used to work in the media, which I loved in my twenties, but as I got older my priorities changed and I wanted a new challenge with a better work/life balance.  So I did a scary thing and left my career to figure out what I wanted to do.  Soon after I got pregnant which gave me a new focus for a while, but I had already decided I  wanted to do something creative of my own. The wooden light idea came to me when I couldn’t find a well-designed night light for my little girls’ room, so I decided to design one and Bright Corner evolved from there.

What is your work process?

I start by sketching out ideas, my current designs have been influenced by my childhood or love of the outdoors and nature. Once I am happy with a basic idea I create the shapes in 3D using CAD software.  I am still learning this, so frequently ask my husband to help me as he is an engineer and has the right brain for it.  I then get prototypes cut to check all the design works from a technical point of view but also aesthetically as a light.  Then we are good to go!

What is different about your products?

I am proud that my lights are made in the UK.  I want to support small local businesses where I can. I use untreated FSC approved Birch Ply, with fabric colour cable and I am conscious of plastic waste so use all recyclable packaging. My designs are kept simple to complement the wooden material and link to nature. I want them to appeal to adults and children and fit any space to create a warm and happy home.

How would you describe your own interior style?

It’s a real mix of bohemian, rustic and Scandinavian influences.  I love plants, colourful textiles, ceramics, wood, art and little quirky figures and trinkets.  I have collected a lot from travelling, particularly around Asia.  Vietnam and India are amazing places for colourful textiles. Most of my house is painted a plain white/grey with wooden furniture (a lot of Ercol) and then dressed with colourful cushions and throws. Wood and plants are a big feature as I love the outdoors.  I think natural materials and products create a sense of calm.

What are the challenges and benefits of running your own business?

I love having the flexibility to work when and where I want to, with a young family I think this is invaluable. The challenges are also the benefits for me, it is constant learning and feeling out of your depth, which is scary but ultimately incredibly fulfilling and rewarding. Prioritising my time is probably the trickiest part as I have to be a designer, bookkeeper, advertiser amongst others but also, more importantly, a mum.

What advice would you give to others setting up their own business?

Find other small businesses via social media and make some friends, it helps to have a support network.  There is so much to learn, and it can feel overwhelming, so ask for advice and help.

Tell us a bit about the future for the business

I have some new designs coming early 2019 and maybe a light for outside living, but it’s still very early days. I would also love to branch out to other wooden products and maybe work with other artists / designers in some way. I have been so inspired by the small creative businesses I have met, there is such a community out there. Who knows where it might lead but that’s what I love.

To find out more about Bright Corner and their beautiful lights, visit them at their website www.brightcorner-shop.com and over on Instagram at @brightcornershop.  And don’t forget to get in touch if you would like to see your brand featured on Meet the Maker.

Emma

All images courtesy of Bright Corner.