October 17, 2019

Talks at the Lane was delighted to invite furniture maker Sebastian Cox to join us and share his work and approach on sustainable product design with us.

Listen to the talk here:


Founded in 2010, The Sebastian Cox Workshop and Studio works everyday to champion British woodlands. Based in a workshop in South-East London, Sebastian Cox has grown to design and make customisable collections of furniture that are effortlessly both traditional and contemporary, and since has had pieces exhibited at the V&A, the Kew Gardens Pagoda, and partnered with deVol Kitchens to develop an award-winning range. Sebastian’s work has also been featured in the Sunday Times, Elle Decoration and Vogue Living to name a few, as well as winning numerous awards including Forbes 30 Under 30 and Homes & Gardens’ Designer Awards 2016.

His design philosophy hinges on honesty and simplicity, with the principle that a traditional approach can be as radical as something modern. He is a champion of natural materials, on projects such as kitchens and furniture crafted from responsibly sourced oak, ash, beech and coppiced hazel wood. Waste is minimised with a range of offcuts made using the pieces of quality timber that can’t be utilised in a piece of furniture.


This environmental awareness is encapsulated in Sebastian’s Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) process which tangibly measures the environmental impact of his work. This gives products a carbon value, as well as dimensions and a price. Further to this Sebastian was one of the latest designers working with mushroom mycelium (the vegetative part of a fungus) to create everyday products.

Tree to Table connects customers with British hardwoods and the joy of designing and making furniture with this sustainable material

Developing the symbiotic relationship between mycelium & timber to create something beautiful

This talk was the eighth in the current season of Talks at the Lane. More information on this and the next season can be found here.