Latest interior project – Seadrift

March 15th, 2011

Well it has been a while since the last entry and with good reason, I have been so busy!

The latest interior project was designed, created and installed for a great couple, Chris and Carla at the Seadrift Kitchen-Café, Porthleven. Seadrift is a stylish contemporary kitchen focusing on freshly prepared high quality local produce cooked on the premises.

seadrift frontage before


seadrift frontage after


On first contact with Chris and Carla I was given the branding and had a good look around the premises. Two stained glass panels created by Julia Mills had been removed and we discussed incorporating these and a third panel (still mounted in the back wall) into the overall scheme and also employing elements of the branding to create custom seating with storage underneath the seats, an under-stairs cupboard, bar area and tables.

View from the door to the bar

View from the door to the bar

scribing to this wall was fun

Scribing to this wall was fun!

The scheme has been created using three layers of 6mm MDF to create a 3D effect on the fronts of all of the furniture. The individual layers have been spray finished using three separate solid blue colours matched to the client specification and a sand colour for the background colour.

bar to window final

The view from the back wall

barfront and seat dressed

Those cakes are making me feel hungry

corner chair

The corner chair run and tables

I decided that the bar front should hold the stained glass panels and incorporated light boxes behind them to show them at their best. The bar tops and tables have been made with solid European oak and the upholstery was sub contracted to a local firm who sourced a material to match the customers chairs, which they acquired from the Eastenders set!

seadrift panels before

It WAS a wool shop! Notice the glass panels...

The bar front light-boxes incorporating Julia Mills' glass panels

You can see from the before and after pictures what a transformation has taken place.

Craftpoint @ Falmouth Poly

December 10th, 2010

Extremely busy at the moment with some very interesting commissions in the pipeline for the new year.

Just wanted to give a heads up, as the Falmouth Poly is hosting Craftpoint in the run up to Christmas. It started on 1st December and finishes on Christmas Eve.

craftpoint logo

The great new craftpoint logo

Craftpoint offers you a fab selection of interior products and gift items including tableware,  cushions, jewellery, furniture, glassware, prints, bags, accessories and much more.

craftpoint at the falmouth poly

someone forgot to set their cameras date!

You can purchase gifts from as little as a few pounds upwards, or commission a designer maker to produce something that you can put your own stamp on and cherish forever.

Southwesterly Gallery

November 8th, 2010

Candlesticks available in maple, ash, oak, cherry, elm and walnut

Southwesterly Gallery in Dartmouth is the latest gallery to sell work from Journeyman Furniture. The gallery features work from local artists and craftspeople in varying media, and is in the centre of town just across the road from the entrance to the market the postcode is TQ6 9RT and the telephone number 01803 833 400.

There is  currently a solid oak coffee table available and accessories including salad servers, chopping/bread boards, tea light holders, dice pen and pencil holders and candlesticks. Just in time for Christmas!

Take a pew @ Dartington Cider Press Centre

November 4th, 2010

The Dartington Cider Press Centre is currently holding an exhibition in the Craft Gallery called Take a Pew which focuses on seating and features some great work by furniture designer makers in the South West.

Journeyman Furniture is taking part and is showcasing three chairs and the new Cirgle range. Everything on show is available to purchase and you can contact the makers through the gallery.

Unfortunately the show finishes on the 7th November so this will be the last weekend to see it.

Paroxysm Throne

Paroxysm throne at the Dartington Cider Press Centre Craft Gallery

London Design Festival

October 19th, 2010

Where do I start?!?!

I spent a few days in London at the start of the festival, unfortunately I could not stay for the full 9 days. Apart from attending the launch party for my fill of champers and rubbing shoulders with the great and the good, I spent a lot of time going to the smaller pop up shops and events in and around the city.  In fact I did not stop and still only managed to take in a fraction of what was on offer.

I will be posting up snippets from the festival in future but want to tell you about the exciting events at the V&A, as this was where I was showing the footprint table. There were 4 designer makers selected to show work in the Sackler Centre and we were all there on the Monday for an event aptly named – Meet the Designer Makers, visitors to the museum could come and talk to us about our designs and processes.  It was great opportunity to engage with people and promote designer maker furniture and the an online forum which I am part of.

Our work was well placed amongst the Cappellini exhibition which was also taking part in the Sackler Centre. There were some amazing installations both inside and outside the museum including Framed, a collaboration by Stuart Haygarth and John Jones a picture framing company. Over 30 types of traditional and contemporary frame were positioned onto a staircase leading to the architecture galleries and cascaded down to create a dramatic landscape which visitors could walk. Oskar Zieta transformed the centre of the Madjeski garden with an installation titled Blow and Roll, inflated pieces of sheet steel, demonstrating the flexibility of FiDU technology.

Oskar Zieta - Blow and Roll

Oskar Zieta Blow and Roll at the V&A LDF 2010

More will follow as soon as I get a chance to update…

Footprint selected for the V&A

September 9th, 2010

The footprint table has been handpicked by designer Suzanne Trocmé to be exhibited at the V&A during the London Design Festival 18th-26th September. It will be on show at the Sackler Centre. There will be an opportunity to meet and talk to the designer makers taking part.

Footprint table

“The V&A Sackler Centre acts as the Festival’s epicentre, hosting the main public information point and the Festival press office, as well as an extensive programme of seminars, talks and workshops. Special events include Breakfast Talks With The Times, lunchtime events, talks and tours.”

“The Sackler Centre, with Spaces curated by Suzanne Trocmé, will once again host an extensive programme of seminars, talks and special events, as well as a business and VIP space. Visitors will be able to take in the series of designs and interventions using a specially designed London Design Centre at the V&A map.”

Footprint table

Meet the Designer Maker
11.00 – 17.00
Karen Hansen – Wood & Wool Series
Nicholas Langan – Footprint
Alun Heslop – Insictor
Simon Yates – Grace
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the talented designer makers and ask about their process, design and craftsmanship.  The Designer Makers form part of the British Furniture Confederation. The British Furniture Confederation, (BFC) was formed in 2007 to champion the UK furniture industry to UK and EU governments. A vital and rapidly developing part of the industry is the Designer/Makers sector. Made up of very small businesses scattered all over the UK, they produce high quality pieces of furniture principally for commissions from private clients.

Cornwall Design Fair this weekend…

August 17th, 2010

The Cornwall Design Fair is on this weekend from 21st-22nd August at Trereife Park in association with Hidden Art. It will be open daily from 11am  – 6pm, there will be something for everyone there and it is a real family friendly event.

There will be the best furniture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles and interior product design from over 50 Hidden Art designer maker members as well as food stalls, entertainment, exhibitions, demonstrations and more.

I have been really busy preparing for the event, making some smaller products which I hope will be popular with visitors to the show. I will also be showcasing a new collection of handmade furniture designed and made to be affordable to all.

As well as one or two larger pieces of work and the new collection, smaller products will be available to purchase  from the stand including mirrors, chopping boards, tea light holders, pencil and pen holders, candlesticks, salad spoons and more.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Craftpoint was a big success!!!

August 3rd, 2010



Craftpoint was a real success at the weekend, it was a lot of hard work putting it together, but well worth it. We had over two hundred people attending the 3 day event  even though the weather was  poor, particularly on Sunday which in actual fact was our busiest day with more than 100 visitors. Everybody involved sold something so that was a very positive outcome too.


We had visitors  from Germany, Holland and Spain as well as from all over the UK, however most were from Cornwall which was really good to know that we had local support. We got a mention on BBC Radio Cornwall from the one and only Freddy Zapp and a feature in the Cornishman which helped in getting people to us. The studio and workshop is  a little off of the beaten track and we were still hard to find even with all the posters and signage which was put up around the town!


The designer makers and artists taking part included Olivia Cassells, Carole Allen, Julie Murdoch George, David Briggs, Maxine Symons, Sue Kelly, Lynda Jewell, David Mckinstry, Naomi Singer, Charlotte Tangye, Cat Rowe, Sarah Nelson, Chloe Williams, Marie Louise Denny, Lincoln Kirby BellLeslie Plumridge, Alison Hughes, Robert Jones, Sarah Jane Stone, Nicky Mills, Stephen Fuller, Carl Goodman and of course me Nicholas Langan.

A big thank you to all who took part without your support this would not have been possible.

Anyway, because of the overwhelming support by both customers and craftspeople we are planning the next event already, Carole Lomas of New Metaphor will be finding a new venue in the near future, we will keep you posted.


A big thank you to all that came and supported us over the weekend. We hope that you can make the next Craftpoint Pop-Up shop?

Craftpoint is coming together nicely!

July 28th, 2010

Well we have put many Craftpoint posters up already with more to follow tomorrow. We also have a nice big vinyl banner and some vinyl posters so watch out for them in and around the town over the weekend.

We also have plenty of fliers and some green balloons which we will put along King George V memorial walk and from the iron bridge leading to North Quay so Hopefully nobody will miss us.

The promotional material is looking fabulous and the studio and gallery is being transformed for the weekend. We have over 15 designer makers and artists taking part, all of the work is of a very high quality.

The Craftpoint Pop Up Shop will be open from 10am – 6pm daily from Friday 30th July to Sunday 1st August.There really is something for everyone, so come along and say hello, you will be most welcome. Refreshments will be available from the Harbour View Cafe which is just around the corner.


Craftpoint flyers

July 22nd, 2010

Almost finished the Craftpoint flyers, I will post one up when finished. There is some of the best local talent showcasing their work at the Pop Up Shop, this will be a great event, we would love to see you all there.