Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Holborn Magazine article

We were thrilled to have such a lovely article written about us. I have copied the text below so that it is easier to read!


Lee Sinclair Furniture was started by Rosalind’s father back in 1974 after he moved up to Lincolnshire from the east end of London. Having been born in Islington and raised in West Ham, he studied 3D design at Horsey College of Art. Then upon exiting the capital he moved up the country, where he designed and made bespoke/small batch furniture just outside of Lincoln until 1981 when he moved to their current workshop on the edge of Sherwood forest in Nottinghamshire.

He and his wife Jill raised their family, Rosalind being the youngest of three, where the business still resides. The company and Lee has been decorated by copious awards over the decades including being named ‘the number one bespoke furniture maker in the country’ by the Independent newspaper in 2005.

Rosalind herself studied fine art in Lincoln, and then lived and worked in London for three years before returning to the family business to train alongside her father. The business grew when her husband Daniel Griffin joined the company alongside Rosalind and they have bothworked alongside Lee for 5 years.

Rosalind, now a Director of the business, makes furniture and deals with clients, her
husband Daniel makes furniture and designs too, they then have Nick in the workshop, as a cabinet maker of 25 years and in October last year they took on an apprentice Seb, with a vision to train him up and hold on to him for the next 25 years.


Lee Sinclair furniture specialise in bespoke handmade furniture for customers across the UK and occasionally further afield. They work on projects ranging from fully fitted bedrooms, to extending dining tables, to throne-like lounge chairs and multi-functional furniture. Everything they do is done by hand using traditional and trusted techniques. No computer aided machines darken the workshop at all; and Rosalind points out to me that ‘in fact all the machines are much older than I am but they are completely reliable, incredibly robust and well made, and we can usually fix/maintain them with a hammer and a spanner!’ I ask Rosalind what it has been like to step into such a tradition set down by her father, ‘Given that my father has been doing it for 40 years I can’t express how much of an advantage/step up that has given us. Not having to source new machinery or workshop space, and having a stack of design ideas that would fill a library is a huge benefit for us. I am lucky to have access to my fathers past work and be able to almost design on behalf of him. I think that the biggest challenge I face is being able to eventually become known as a furniture designer under my name.’

Our upcoming Issue 6 of The Holborn will take a focus on inspiring female artisans from all walks of life, especially those pioneering individuals who are both transforming their industries in their own right and challenging certain antiquated gender stereotypes - I ask Rosalind if being a woman has ever had a impact her work - ‘I don’t feel that it hinders me; I certainly get a huge amount of support and confidence from working with my Dad. I love telling people that I am a furniture maker and waiting to see the expression on their face! When we are at craft shows or exhibitions we get talking to a lot of ‘hobby woodworkers’ who tend to be older gents with a set of chisels and a lathe in their shed. They are surprised to learn exactly what I do in the business as it is often assumed I’ll be doing the upholstery and paperwork. The design side of the business is very client led and I have no doubt that I can get every bit the same quality of information and sales from a potential client as any male colleague. It is a very ‘manly’ world once I’m in the workshop - I think power tools and machinery are partially run on adrenalin and testosterone! But I don’t feel out of place guiding a plank of walnut over the table saw or cutting a mortice and tenon joint in a dining chair leg.’


So to the furniture and in particular the companies bespoke work, Rosalind explains to me that the ‘beauty of bespoke means we can accommodate any size and space and design to fit it.’ She explains the variety is great with some clients seeking them out for their skills and creating something very unique or others desiring that typical ‘Lee Sinclair’ style. And the process and production techniques? Rosalind succinctly puts it so - ‘Throw away furniture has a place in the world but it isn’t here! I’d rather take a plank of wood and turn it into something that will be loved and looked after for years to come and thereby given much more sustainability.’

There will be a full article in the next Holborn magazine so keep an eye out for a copy!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Ingram bedroom

Much of last year was spent designing and making a bedroom suite for a client in Kent.

The final result is pretty amazing and we have just put all of the finishing touches in.


The brief was to create as much storage space as possible. We achieved this by reconfiguring the room, installing two large fitted pull out wardrobes and moving the bed to the centre of the room away from the sloping roof. We also redesigned the dressing room area, moving a wall back into the hallway and adding a door to a walk in wardrobe/dressing room.

We created: a bed, headboard, side tables, two roller wardrobes, a sideboard, a tall boy and a cabinet inside the walkin wardrobe. We also made two doors, caadded two walls in ash and made solid ash skirting for the room.





All in all that created a vast amount more storage space for the room.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Retford Honors board

We are really proud to have been selected to design and make the honors board which is now on display at Retford town hall.





We went for a classic design with a modern twist using dark walnut which compliments the surrounding wood and big oak panels for the piece which will eventually have all of the names of the Retford Mayors on it. The emblem at the top has a carving of the 'Retford Chuffs' on it.





Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Open Studios notts

Thank you once again to every body that came to our open studios weekend! We had a fantastic time and met lots of lovely people! We will be doing it again next year so join us for the bank holiday weekend.

We were so pleased to be chosen for the front cover of the brochure that went around hundreds of locations all around Nottinghamshire.

The piece of furniture in the photograph is the Pilosa table. Read more here -  www.leesinclair.co.uk/Pilosa-console-table.html


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Reardon shoe cabinet

We love how our curved oak shoe cabinet turned out.




Made from solid english oak this shoe cabinet has two height adjustable shelves and secret compartments in both sides. 





The client is a collector of fine retro furniture so we wanted to design the cabinet inkeeping with this.

He specified English oak which has a lovely 'pippy' look to it. We love to work with wood that have plenty of character.


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Photo shoot

We received the photos from our latest shoot and think they look great! now we just need to work out how to use them.











Check out more of Steve's work on his website and look out for the series of craft videos coming soon featuring yours truly! steveturvey.com

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Scrini bookcase

Scrini bookcase

We took inspiration from our hugely successful Pilosa table to create this unique bookcase made from oak and walnut. The elegant strips of walnut are tensioned into place and clamped into the solid oak top and bottom.



 
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East Midlands based Furniture designers and makers Lee Sinclair Furniture, custom build bespoke furniture to commission or chosen from a comprehensive portfolio of the finest original contemporary furniture. visit www.leesinclair.co.uk for further information.