Furniture influencer teams up with James Latham for special commission

Sean Evelegh – Lathams’ first appointed furniture ambassador

James Latham has recently commissioned Sean Evelegh, a prominent influencer, to design a collection of bespoke furniture using a range of the latest high-performance woods.

Kent-based designer and fine woodworker, Sean Evelegh, is Lathams’ first appointed furniture ambassador. His brief is to demonstrate how some of the more unusual and exclusive products within the company’s portfolio can be used creatively in furniture design. Lathams will supply a range of materials to Sean, which he’ll then use to create a series of one-off projects. These include Valchromat, a high performance HDF – effectively a dense MDF – which is available in a range of colours; WISA Birch – a strong and lightweight plywood; and UPM Grada Ply – a thermoformable plywood.

Sean says: “I love experimenting with different processes and new materials. I’m really interested in curves and how wood can be bent and shaped in interesting ways. When combined with high quality laminates and veneers, there’s scope for some really beautiful and effective finishes.”


Sean loves to experiment with different processes and new materials

A tactile process steeped in tradition
Sean explains that the ability to experiment and make things by hand was what attracted him to woodworking in the first place. He added: “Woodworking is a tactile process that is steeped in tradition. There are techniques that were used by ancient civilisations that we still use today. My approach is to take these old crafting techniques and look for a contemporary spin. How can I make something different while maintaining the integrity of the material? It’s one of the most exciting things about the Lathams partnership – I’m able to select products from their extensive catalogue and can use them to make anything I wish.”

Inspiring others to create
It’s not just the crafting techniques that Sean is modernising, however – while studying at the prestigious Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford he launched his own YouTube channel, and four years later, it boasts nearly 30,000 subscribers. “It’s great that I can talk to people all over the world and show them the beauty of woodworking,” says Sean. “I find it really fulfilling when I receive comments from viewers saying that I’ve taught them to do something or have inspired them to create their own designs.”


Using Lathams’ extensive catalogue of materials, Sean will select products of his choice and use them to make special pieces

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