Established in East Sussex in 2013 C H A L K S P A C E collectively represents the growing portfolio of projects and commissions undertaken by independent professionals Claire Brooker and Louise Wingate-Saul.
The completed works are connected by an aspiration to create sensitive, intelligent and imaginative responses within a range of fields including bespoke decorative applications, design concepts for interior and exterior spaces and new architectural developments.
The scale of the project schemes range from designing for small to large residential properties in addition to creative solutions for workplace environments.
Claire originally trained in textile design and during this time established a love of colour, texture, and spatial organisation. For over twenty years, she has worked professionally within a broad range of creative sectors including visual merchandising, art & design education, interior design consultancy and retail design stores.
She is experienced in sourcing beautifully crafted furnishings and fittings for the home environment. Her product knowledge and an eye for detail enable her to respond to design briefs on many levels and to suit a range of budgets. She uses creativity and intuition to develop styling concepts and original designs that achieve character, warmth, harmony and balance.
Claire undertakes private and public design commissions as well as creating her collection of printed and original artworks.
Louise loves houses. She has been involved in selling country and town houses, works as a design consultant in residential development and is a passionate advocate for the development of well designed low energy living spaces.
Having previously lived in a house converted and enlarged from a redundant farm building, Louise and her partner built a carbon neutral house in the historic town of Lewes. Collaborating with an award-winning local architectural practice they created a beautiful, contemporary family home. She has recently built another modern eco house on the site of an old industrial unit in a conservation area in the heart of Lewes.
Louise has creative flair and magpie-like tendencies when it comes to reclaiming and up-cycling found objects, giving them a new lease of life in a fresh, modern way. She is also a silversmith who works to commission.