Sarah Kay has been designing bespoke furniture since graduating from the renowned Parnham College in Dorset in1996. She has established a reputation for furniture that combines sculptural forms, elegance, exquisite craftsmanship and well considered functionality. Whilst her expertise is in wood Kay has used everything from steel to flip flops in her work.
Collaboration and travel have brought new creative challenges. Sarah has close links with Zanzibar, Tanzania and continues to work with a company there producing furniture in coconut wood, a very sustainable and plentiful local resource. Since 2000 she has also worked in partnership with Andrea Stemmer designing interiors and furniture for the retail market.
Sarah takes pride in a meticulous attention to detail and strives to combine qualities that will make these pieces last more than one lifetime.
Born 1964, Hertfordshire
1994-96 Parnham College, Dorset
Full time studies in cabinet making and furniture design (BA equivalent)
2009 Bespoke Guild Mark for ‘Infinity’ tallboy awarded by The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers
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
2009 ‘21st Century Furniture’, The Millinery Works, London
‘An Eye for the Detail’, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Denbighshire.
2008 ‘Fecit’ Roderick Butler Antiques, Honiton, Devon.
2007 ‘Bespoke’ Flow Gallery, Notting Hill, London
‘Collect’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London with Flow Gallery
2006 ‘Bespoke’, Flow Gallery, London.
2005 The Hub, National Centre for Craft and Design Nottinghamshire
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
New Members’ Focus Exhibition
2003 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’
- CAA Exhibitions
- Current Exhibition
- Coming Soon