Friday, May 15, 2015

Notts open studios

Open Studios weekend 29th - 31st May 2015
Lee Sinclair Furniture and guest exhibitor Adrian Stapleton of Trinity
Forge will be taking part in the 2015 Notts Open Studios.

In the heart of the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside, a bespoke furniture maker and a blacksmith who usually work behind closed doors will be exhibiting and demonstrating their work to the public.

Open Studios provide a rare opportunity for the public to gain free insight into techniques used in these highly skilled crafts. There will be tours around the workshop, showroom and live demonstrations in traditional woodworking techniques. There will also be a pop up forge in the gardens and refreshments. The Lee Sinclair Furniture workshop is situated in Laneham, a tranquil village on the river Trent. There is plenty to do and see including the Bees Knees Brewery tour, Linda’s handmade card shop, Sundown adventure land and not far away is the market town of Retford where the Courtyard galleries will be featuring three more Open Studios artists.

Working with materials regarded as everyday and industrial, Artist & Craftsman Blacksmith Adrian Stapleton strives to create pieces which are simple in design, exquisite in their craftsmanship and functional – a delight to use or look at everyday.

Over 200 artists & craft makers will take part in open studios and related events between 2 May & 14 June. There will also be an accompanying exhibition, ‘Bringing Artists into View’ at the Rufford Craft Centre gallery space from 3 May to 7 June.

Craft and Design selected award 2015

We were once agian selected for the Craft & Design selected maker 2015.

Thank you to everybody who voted for us, your support means so much to our small family business. Congratulations to all of the other fantastic artists and makers that got through. Read more about the awards here..

Kella bedroom furniture

We recently finished a large bedroom project which consisted of:
A fitted wardrobe which curves round the bedroom and offers a huge amount of storage space.
A matching two step foot stool to reach up into the wardrobes
And an extending headboard with matching curved bedside tables.

Our client has a wonderful collection of ercol furniture and a passion for great design. She approached us with an interesting brief to create a fitted wardrobe that curved around the corner of her room and fitted into the chimney breast.

The design we came up allows for maximum storage including a very large space to display her shoes, tall and short hanging rail space, drawers, top boxes for linen and a full length mirror.

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We designed and handmade a bespoke floor to ceiling set of wardrobes that are contemporary whilst complimenting other iconic design items around her house.

We used fiddleback sycamore for the doors as it is a beautifully light and elegant wood. We used a contrasting oak for the border which highlights the curves of the wardrobe. The handles are an ercol inspired design made out of solid walnut which are ergonomically friendly and fit with the curved theme of the wardrobes. more +

The steps are made from solid walnut and the oak legs contrast beautifully against the richness of the wood. The three legs protrude through the top of the walnut adding a striking design element that gives a nod to the classic art-deco styling that the client likes.

The oak was selected as the structural timber for its strength and durability. We chose the walnut as with the softer wood we could achieve a smoother finish which would feel better under bare-feet in the bedroom where this would be used. more+

With the curved wardrobes already installed, the next brief was to create a matching headboard and side tables, with the requirement that the headboard would fit a king-size bed and extend to fit a super-king in the future.

This was not something we had ever been asked to do, but we set about working out a simple but effective system using the main headboard as a frame and oak and sycamore ‘wings’ which could slide in or out to fit the width of the bed.
With the headboard made, we created side tables to match her curved wardrobes, using the same deco-inspired walnut handles and twinning this with the combination of oak fronts, figured sycamore top and walnut plinth.

We are really happy with the end result of this job and have just entered it for the wood arward 2015 so fingers crossed all of our hard work is recognised!

Our client loves her wardrobes, takes great pride in filling them with beautiful clothes and shoes and hopes to order more furniture from us in the next few months.

Read more about this project and others like this on our website
East Midlands based Furniture designers and makers Lee Sinclair Furniture, custom build bespoke furniture to commission or chosen from a comprehensive portfolio of the finest original contemporary furniture. visit for further information.