Sean has been a bespoke furniture maker for more than 26 years. A qualified cabinet-maker, he holds six prestigious Craft Guild Marks from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. This Mark is awarded only to items that demonstrate excellence in design, materials, workmanship and function.
Selected as an outstanding designer by eminent furniture expert Betty Norbury for the publication Furniture for the 21st Century, and featured in her latest prestigious publication BESPOKE: Source Book of Furniture Designer Makers, Sean has designed and created bespoke furniture for a wide range of private and corporate clients.
The work combines innovative functional design, fine craft craftsmanship and a concern for the nature of materials thus creating sophisticated ‘one of a kind’ solutions to a design brief. The portfolio is extensive, from free standing pieces to complete room schemes such as bedrooms, libraries and studies.
"I always wanted to become a craftsman," says Sean. "From the age of 10 or 11, I used to make my own toys and rabbit hutches, and I excelled in school at wood and metalwork along with technical drawing and art."
Part of Sean's childhood was spent in the Far East, and the influence of this exotic region can be seen in much of his work, with the use of rich materials such as mother-of-pearl and glossy hardwoods.
Usually his clients are so keen to receive their completed commissions that there is no time to show them off, but occasionally he is able to display his work, and has exhibited at a number of prestigious events including the Distinctive Homes Interior Show in Alexandra Palace London and the Interior Design International Show at Earls Court in London. His work also features regularly at the Celebration of Craftsmanship in Cheltenham and at a select few galleries in the UK. In 2008 his work was exhibited at the House of Commons in the first exhibition in the Palace of Westminster's history to feature the work of British furniture designers/makers.
Sean has been a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers since 2004, when he was also admitted to the Freedom of the City of London; and between 2005-2008 he sat on the judging panel of the Bespoke Guild Mark committee. In 2006 he also served as judge for the furniture sections of the annual Wood Awards.