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.
2010 Products of Silviculture 2013 Bayleaf 2014 Underwood
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
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)
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