Hi! We are Kat and Nic, the founders of Koti & Co. We love bringing high quality, lesser known homewares to your attention. We never sell anything we wouldn’t absolutely love to have in our own homes back in cosy St Neots, Cambridgeshire.
We are trained Product Designers, so you can be rest assured, all the products you see here are vetted by us in terms of style, functionality and quality. We don’t really like speaking in ‘designer language’, so on each product page there is our review of the item with information for you to make good life choices, like buying homewares from us.
Our mission, should we choose to accept it… (we do)
Our aim is to bring beautifully curated homewares and lifestyle products from brands that aren’t as well known (yet), that also happen to be exceptionally made and look even better, to people who love filling their homes with lovely things that they want to keep forever.
Being designers ourselves, supporting the creative industry is at the forefront of our minds. We try to be as versatile as possible when working with our lovely collective of designers and brands in order to allow them or their business to grow and develop. As a result, our collections are edited and refined in ways other lifestyles stores aren’t.
Trust is key in any relationship, we want our customers to feel confident in the knowledge that the products they are buying are of exceptional quality, as they are all curated by us.
Eventually, we want to have a shop, where you can come and sit on big comfy sofas and drink tea and eat cake with us surrounded by these wonderful products. You might feel like buying something for yourself, or as a present for someone else. But to be honest, we’d be totally fine with it if you just came for the cake (Nic is really good at baking, ask our friend Nat).
Quite a few people ask us how we started, so for those who are intrigued, read below…
In 2013 we graduated from Brunel Uni. We were both freelance product designers, working for lots of nice people.
We decided to join forces in 2014 and go ask some big fish if we could consult for them, we rang them up on the phone, it actually worked. Koti is born. (Means home in Finish, and you say Koti like floaty).
Still working in Kat’s shed at the bottom of the garden. Kat gets a puppy called Skye. Koti shuts down for a month.
2015 and our consultancy is going strong, we specialise in homewares and design a lot of cool things for cool high street brands. We upgrade from Kat’s shed to Nic’s second bedroom, result!
In 2016 we wanted to use our passion for beautiful and functional homewares for good (we were getting distracted a lot looking at nice stuff on the internet).
Nic gets a puppy called Margot. Koti shuts down for another month.
Another upgrade! We move into our snazzy new barn on Grange Farm (with a lot of help from friends and family. Kat’s Dad still owes us a shelf, it’s a long story).
Koti & Co begins, we start planning and making strategies for everything and buying lots of awesome homewares we have curated.
February 2017, Koti & Co is launched.