Design, Detail and Aesthetics

No. 3 Gin

16:30 - 17:20 24 September 2021

Hosted at the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum

Sebastian Cox

About Speaker

Sebastian Cox is a furniture designer, maker and environmentalist based in south London. Sebastian grew up surrounded by woodlands 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 where he developed an instinct for abundant and overlooked materials. Sebastian founded his carbon-counting, forward-thinking, zero-waste workshop and design studio in 2010 on the principle that the past can be used to design and make the future.

He believes that what we harvest, make and buy can be part of the solutions to our biodiversity and climate crises if we ask ‘what resources does nature want to give us?’ His business’s mission is to store 100 tonnes of CO2 in the wooden objects it makes each year, holding that carbon in people’s homes, community spaces and workplaces, while the woodlands regenerate, recapturing carbon and boosting biodiversity. Through advocacy and action, the business follows a desire to double the area of woodland and wild land int he UK by 2040, and show how its resources can be used. He is deeply motivated by the way generations of craftsmen have used a limited palette of biodegradable and renewable materials, extracted from the land in a responsible and connected way. Harvesting and milling his own British timber, Sebastian uses traditional techniques, without nostalgia but with respectful inventiveness and new technology, to create objects that are functional and understandable and as a result, beautiful. His workshop produces heirloom furniture, lighting and home accessories and collaborates with other material experts, brands, interior designers, manufacturers and retailers who share his vision for a regenerative material future.

Sebastian has been labelled as one of the most influential designers in London by the London Evening Standard and listed amongst Forbes’ 30 under 30 to watch. His work has received a Design Guild Mark alongside other accolades from design publications including Elle Decoration, Homes & Gardens and EKKB. He has been commissioned to design and make bespoke pieces of furniture for clients including Sir Terence Conran and Christopher Bailey.



16:30 - 17:20 24 September 2021