Nicholas Langan featured in new bespoke furniture book

January 22nd, 2013

The work of local wood artisan, Nicholas Langan, Hayle, Cornwall appears on pages 212-213in Bespoke, a colorfully illustrated collection of 100 international artisans written by Ashley Rooney (Schiffer 2012).Always an artisan, Nicholas is also known as the primary designer maker at Journeyman Furniture.

Custom designed furniture has been around many decades. Studio or bespoke furniture can add richness and texture to interior design. Today, more and more are discovering the joys of custom made furniture.   In his essay, Lewis Wexler points out that, “The studio furniture movement originally developed as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution. … In a time when mass production and disposable products are the norm, a younger audience concerned with the environment seems to be gravitating toward items that are made with sustainable materials.”

As Thomas Throop states in the Foreword, twenty-first century furniture makers or artisans combine both art and craft. They are skilled in the techniques of their trade yet have the creativity to design handcrafted furniture that offers great beauty. These artisans from throughout the United States and the world

• Produce distinctive furniture that reflects the work of the fine craftsman of the past and the ideas of the future

•  Seek to perfect materials, forms, and finishes to meet the individual needs of their clients

• Love working with their hands.

Bespoke or one-of-a-kind furniture adds texture and richness to the assortment of furniture in a room. As Gary Inman says in his Introduction, studio or bespoke furniture is the marriage of creativity and practicality resulting in a beautiful, purposeful, and above all unique art object.

Within the following pages, you will revel in the work of 100 artisans from the United States and abroad.

Bespoke, Furniture from 101 International Artists

Bespoke, Furniture from 101 International Artists

The Cornwall Design Guild Launches at St Moritz Hotel

April 25th, 2012

The Cornwall Design Guild launched on the 16th April at the Sea Side restaurant St Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick, Cornwall.

Representatives from all 10 companies which form The Cornwall Design Guild

The Guild is a collaboration of some of the finest design experts in Cornwall, from architectural interior designers to bespoke furniture makers. Our philosophy is simple: to create sustainable, environmentally responsible design and innovative luxury combined with the highest possible standard of service and attention to detail.

From left to right - Jen Larkin member (Arteye), Mike Hawes member (Meiloci), Gareth Jones member (GPJ Consulting Engineers), Mike Jordan guest (Cornish Stairways)

Gareth Jones of GPJ Consulting Engineers said: “It’s fantastic to finally see the Cornwall Design Guild realised, something that every member has worked hard over the last year to make a reality.

“As a group, we know that we can offer professionals and private owners in the south west a unique proposition which focuses on producing the ultimate in Cornish luxury, craftsmanship and a dedication to delivering what the client truly wants. Cornwall is now a highly desirable location with a plethora of high-end developments and second homes where buyers only want the very best.”

The Cornwall Design Guild promotional pack

Journeyman Furniture is proud to be a member of The Cornwall Design Guild and we look forward to working on future projects with the other talented members.

The Cornwall Design Guild

April 11th, 2012

Journeyman Furniture is proud to be a part of an exciting business collaboration, launching on the 16th April at the St Moritz Hotel. The Cornwall Design Guild brings together unparalleled interior design services and craftsmanship to create a legacy of inspiring spaces.

The Cornwall Design Guild

“The Cornwall Design Guild brings together some of the finest design experts in Cornwall, from architectural interior designers to bespoke furniture makers and landscape designers. Our philosophy is simple: to create sustainable, environmentally responsible design and innovative luxury. We believe the personal approach is key; the relationships we develop with our clients and the rapport between Guild members is an important part of what we aspire to achieve. With several design awards between us, we are leaders in our individual areas of expertise, sharing a passion for design excellence and a mutual respect for each other’s knowledge and experience. Working directly with the architects, owners and custodians of Britain’s finest properties, we turn ideas and desires into inspiring, unique, and extraordinary spaces. Through our creative endeavours locally and nationally, we aim to raise the profile of Cornwall-based design. Whether you choose to work with one or more of us, you can be assured of the highest possible standard of service and attention to detail from initial contact through to completion.”

Cornwall Crafts Association presents SHINE 2011 Christmas Craft Fair

November 9th, 2011

Cornwall Crafts Association presents SHINE 2011 an amazing Christmas Craft Fair – Journeyman Furniture will be showing work at SHINE 2011 from 9th – 11th December at Trelowarren.

Entry into SHINE is only £4 per adult, which includes FREE entry into the Prize Draw some amazing prizes to be won! SHINE prize draw prizes include, meal for 2 New Yard Restaurant, spa treatment voucher at Trelowarren, Craft items from CCA members, including work from, Paul Jackson, Journeyman Furniture (Nicholas Langan), 100 Metres, Elinor Lamond, Carol Scot and more… CHILDREN UNDER 16 FREE.

Friday 9th 6-9pm – Opening night at SHINE there will be a fantastic LANTERN PROCESSION & Choir, Music, Food & Drink & of course fabulous Craft from both members and non-members. Do not miss this fabulous festive event!

Fabulous craft, delicious food and drink from local producers and the Trelowarren Estate and entertainment will be available throughout the weekend.

SHINE 2011 flyer

Journeyman featured in The Independent…

August 12th, 2011

Journeyman Furniture / Nicholas Langan got a mention in the Independent yesterday in conjunction with the Cornwall Design Fair…. A really nice write up about the show and the designers that take part in it. It is a lovely show, one which I strive to take part in annually as it is right on my doorstep and has such a nice atmosphere. I think that I have only missed one since it started back in 2006, it just keeps getting better!

The show is on next weekend 20-21 August at Trereife House and Park 11am -6pm. TR20 8TJ. Showcasing the best design from contemporary designer-makers in the beautiful and historic grounds of Trereife.

Craft & Design Magazine

July 14th, 2011

Craft & Design Magazine have featured Journeyman Furniture in the latest issue, pages 72-73. To learn more about how Journeyman Furniture has evolved and what is happening in the studio buy it now!

Craft & Design Magazine

The Contemporary Craft Fair 2011

May 23rd, 2011

I am proud to be taking part in this years Contemporary Craft Fair. I hope that you will come and say hello, I will be on stand B32. Here is the advert for the show with all of the essential details.

cornwall crafts fair 2011

Crowan Crafts exhibition ‘More Shared Things’

May 23rd, 2011

This morning I delivered some furniture and accessories to the Crowan Vestry Room. The purpose of the delivery is for the latest Crowan Crafts exhibition titled ‘More Shared Things’. It is a collection of fantastic work by highly skilled craftspeople who live and work in Cornwall, which includes ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, jewellery, basket making and of course furniture and wood! There are also some lovely natural beeswax products and other locally produced preserves and products available to buy, tea and cakes of the highest quality are available too.

The exhibition focuses on two or more artisans collaborating and combining their skills to produce new works, however not all on show is collaborative, I am one such guilty party, there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day as usual!

handmade cushion

handmade cushion closeup of button

Cushion – hand-knitted by Nicky Mills with wool from Blegan (John & Sue Read) and hand-made buttons by Hermionerose.

Maxine Symons founder of the group, quotes on the Crowan Crafts website “I started Crowan Crafts in 2003 because I felt that there was a lack of quality, originality and beauty in a great deal of the craftwork produced today. I wanted to gather together a group of artisans whose work was truly inspiring. Sometimes, it seems as if we surround ourselves with the insanely functional and deny the importance of beauty in our everyday lives. Indeed, imagination, creativity and beauty are often scorned in our throwaway society. I live near the hamlet of Crowan where Harry and May Davis ran Crowan Pottery from 1946-1962. They had both ‘worked’ previously at St Ives with Bernard Leach. Pottery from Crowan was extremely beautiful and supremely functional. It is these aspects of high quality, beauty and usefulness that I wanted to emulate with Crowan Crafts. ”

The exhibition is showing from the 24th May to saturday 4th June 11am – 5pm daily at the Crowan Parish vestry room, Crowan, between Camborne and Helston. TR14 9NB.

Cornwall Home Show 2011

April 26th, 2011

I am currently preparing for the Cornwall Home Show which is this coming weekend 30th April – 1st May held at Kingsley Village, A30 Fraddon.  Entry is just £3 per person which will enable you to view the best of Cornwall’s home design companies under one roof!

Cornwall Home Show

Dice pencil/pen holder

April 18th, 2011

See the new dice pencil/pen holder soon to be available online.

dice pencil and pen holder

pencils not included!

These holders are made in maple with a walnut inlay and are 60mm h x 60mm  w x 60mm d.