Sarah Kay


Sarah Kay designs contemporary bespoke furniture and household objects which combine well-considered functionality with an elegant aesthetic. As a skilled cabinet maker Kay’s work is exquisitely attentive to detail. She combines wit, charm and a love of wood to create often quite sculptural pieces. Her inspiration comes from people, plants and places.

Born 1964, Hertfordshire

1994-1996 Parnham College, Dorset
Full time studies in cabinet making and furniture design (BA equivalent)

1999  Business Link marketing grant for export
1997  Guild mark No. 177 for ‘Panacea’ awarded by The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers
1998  Crafts Council Setting Up Grant

Selected Exhibitions
2007 ‘Bespoke’ Flow Gallery, Notting Hill, London
2005 The Hub,  National Centre for Craft and Design Nottinghamshire     
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
New Members’ Focus Exhibition   
2000 Design Resolutions, Royal Festival Hall, London Contemporary Decorative Arts,Sothebys, London 
Poetry in Motion, Noel Hennessy Furniture, London 
1999 Contemporary Decorative Arts, Sothebys, London   Form & Function, Crafts Council, London  
‘Best of Hackney’, Geffrye Museum, London 
A Celebration of Craftsmanship, Cheltenham   Royal Beatrice Art and Craft Gallery, Southampton
1998  International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York - with British European Design Group   A Celebration of Craftsmanship, Cheltenham  International Design, Drenthe, Holland 
100% Design, London (New Designers Stand)

Collection & Major Commissions
2002  Commissioned to design private screening room for Everyman Cinema, Hampstead
2000  Crafts Council of Great Britain Collection - ‘Helga’ chair and prototype,
Commissioned to design exclusive bespoke range for Cowley Manor Hotel
1998  Commissioned to design and make a cardboard chair for the feature film ‘The Borrowers’






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