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Sarah Samways

Sarah Samways

Account Director at Notts PR.

In today’s edition of the Notts businesses we admire, we take a look at a man whose architectural ironmongery designs are world renowed, Philip Watts Design.


Philip Watts began his career in design over 24 years ago after graduating from Nottingham Trent University where he studied furniture and product design.


In the early days he worked out of his garden shed using basic tools and from those humble beginning has built a name for himself as one of the UKs most successful interior designers.


Early designs included mirrors, cast iron candlesticks and handmade furniture but as the business evolved, Philip moved away from the consumer, retail market and focused more on the contract interiors.


His genius is in taking everyday items, like a door handle or sink, and turning it into something stylish, fun and exciting.


Philip is known for his clever take on items like his window portholes, innovative door handles and signature sinks and urinals which feature in leading hotels and restaurants around the world.


His designs have won countless award including FX Design Awards and are showcased across the world at events in the US, Australia and Europe.


Philip has designed for some of the world’s biggest celebrities including Sir Elton John, and brands like Yo! Sushi.


More recently Philip is the man behind the redesign of hundreds of Greggs outlets across the country.


His design inspiration came from reflecting the quintessentially British nature of the brand, something that’s warm and comforting while at the same time being a little eccentric. Needless to say, the interiors of the outlets have met with huge success.


Philip’s exciting products has seen him and his team travel the world showing and promoting their designs.
Yet, despite his global success Philip, has remained true to his Nottingham roots and operates his design studio and workshop out of the city.


And who knows, maybe Philip will find the next big design star to keep Nottingham well and truly on the design map.

Notts PR