Sebastian Cox is a furniture designer and maker, based in south London.

Sebastian grew up surrounded by woodland and raised by a parents whose profession was to restore timber-framed buildings. Later it seemed natural to him to study Furniture Design and Craftsmanship, followed by a Masters Degree in Design, at Lincoln University.

Sebastian founded his workshop and design studio in 2010 on the principle that the past can be used to design and make the future. He is deeply motivated by the way generations of craftsmen have used a limited palette of biodegradable and renewable materials in a creative way, turning them into objects that were functional, simple, understandable and as a result, beautiful.

He hand-picks British wood to work with, including that which he coppices himself. Learning from the past, he has developed an instinct for abundant and overlooked materials, using traditional techniques without nostalgia but with respectful inventiveness and new technology.

This winning formula has led him to collaborate with other material experts, various brands, interior designers, manufacturers and retailers who share his vision for a better, more engaged, material future.

He produces his own collections of furniture, lighting and home accessories, available for purchase through his own website and showroom; other collections are stocked by Heal’s, The New Craftsmen and Benchmark; he has produced bespoke pieces of design for clients including Sir Terence Conran; he recently designed an award-winning kitchen for deVOL.

IN-HOUSE COLLECTIONS:

2010 Products of Silviculture
2013 Bayleaf
2014 Underwood

BESPOKE COMMISSIONS:

2014 The Wish List for Sir Terence Conran
2015 The Invisible Store of Happiness with Laura Ellen Bacon for Clerkenwell Design Week
2015 The Nàdurra drinks trolley for The Glenlivet
2016 Along the Lines of Happiness with Laura Ellen Bacon at Milan Salone del Mobile
2017 The Burberry Balloon for London Heathrow Terminal 2

DESIGN FOR PRODUCTION:

2013 Heal’s Discovers Oak & Hazel Collection
2014 Chestnut & Ash Collection with Benchmark
2014 Swill for The New Craftsmen
2015 The Sebastian Cox Kitchen with deVOL
2015 Tree to Table for Heal’s
2016 Trentino Storage for Arte De Legno

AWARDS:

Kevin’s Green Heroes 2010
Wood Awards 2011 (winner), 2013 (shortlist), 2015 (shortlist), 2016 (shortlist)
Homes & Gardens Designer Award 2011 (shortlist), 2013 (shortlist), 2015 (shortlist), 2016 (winner)
Heal’s Discovers finalist 2013
Elle Decoration Designer Award 2014 (shortlist)
The English Home Best in British Craftsmanship Award 2015
Forbes 30 under 30 list 2016
Design Guild Mark 2016
MAISON ET OBJET RISING TALENT 2016 The Arts Foundation Fellowship 2017 (shortlist)