Sebastian Cox: Eco Conscious Designer!

by RONAMAG on Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sebastian Cox : eco conscious designer!
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Sebastian Cox is a London based eco conscious designer who is quickly becoming known in the design world for his sustainable furniture creations, which are not only functional but artistic and original. Cox is known for his attention to details and beautiful craftsmanship.

He collects all the wood himself in forests in the U.K. and has a preference for working with coppiced hazel wood, making it a renewable material. Coppicing is an ancient form of woodland management, when young tree stems are repeatedly cut down to near ground level, then in following growth years new shoots emerge. After a number of years, the coppiced tree is ready to be harvested, and the cycle begins again.

[Photo via Tree Hugger]

The stem of the adjustable Rod Desk Lamp is made of a steam bent rod, the shade of hazel fibres and uses a standard LED bulb.

Using the same design techniques as his Rod desk lamp, the hat stand is adjustable to hold objects in a number of different ways. The Suent Superlight Chair, crafted out of coppiced hazel, comes in a variety of colours, and can hold up 265 lbs – although it only weighs 3.74 lbs!

[Photo via Arts Thread]
The Pole Bench is constructed of coppiced hazel and scorched English ash. It can be used indoors or out.
[Photo via Contemporary Lab]

Each piece which is designed and made by him is intended to be “attractive and functional, but to also address our pressing environmental issues.” His pieces are named using vocabulary once used by traditional woodmen and are designed with integrity, simplicity and honesty in their form and construction.

Last fall, the designer was awarded the prestigious Wood Award for his Suent Superlight Chair and the Design Museum purchased his Rod Desk Lamp for their education department.  “I’m so thrilled to have one of my pieces in the permanent collection…” Cox wrote on his blog. Items like his candelabras, hat stands and side tables can be purchased online and on site, such as the gift shop at the Modern Art Oxford.


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