Sam Wrigley

  • Founder/designer of CRISSCROSS Furniture and freelance graphic designer and web developer
  • BA(Hons) Graphic Design, 2015
  • crisscrossfurniture.com

You've recently created your own modular furniture, tell us a bit about it?

In a nutshell, CRISSCROSS is a range of modular, flat-pack furniture for 'generation rent'. It's quick and easy to build, take apart and move, requires no tools and its flexible design means you can build something that's perfect for you, wherever you go.

How did the idea come about?

The idea for CRISSCROSS was born out of my own frustrations. Like most of my generation, I live in rented accommodation and move frequently (5 times in the past five years). The problem is that moving sucks! The idea of putting together endless pieces of flat-pack furniture always fills me with dread. So, in my final year of university, I came up with an idea that I hoped would make moving easier and a little more enjoyable.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Cor, that's a difficult one. Hopefully, I'll be living in Brighton, running my own restaurant with my family (plot-twist). It's always been a dream of mine.

Any advice for someone who wants to set up their own company or start creating products?

Research, research, research. The more you do, the more prepared you'll be. Setting up a business is a big step, especially straight out of university, but it's definitely the best time - so do it! As soon as you have responsibilities, it becomes much harder.

Why did you choose to study at Falmouth?

Before I came to Falmouth, I was studying in London. I quickly realised the big smoke wasn't for me and that I wanted to move. Luckily, a friend of mine was studying graphic design at Falmouth and told me I should transfer, so I did. Looking back, I'm so glad I did!

What do you miss most about life/studying at Falmouth?

Well, I actually still live in Falmouth, so luckily I don't have to miss too much, but I definitely miss my coursemates who've almost all left now.

What's your favourite chocolate bar, and why?

It has to be a Double Decker - it's got everything you need in a chocolate bar!