In honour of the six plants we work with to create each of our Seedlip Spirits, we’re putting six questions to makers and creators whose life and work is influenced by the natural world.
Using ancient ways of working with wood, Sebastian Cox and his team make furniture, lighting and accessories with a contemporary aesthetic in a design studio and workshop in South East London.
Inspired by an ancient woodland he has managed for five years, Seb is passionate about championing British woodland and giving fallen trees a new lease of life, but there is more to it than simply creating beautiful furniture. The studio actively combats biodiversity loss & regularly assesses Sebastian Cox products to measure the carbon value of their work by calculating the amount of CO2 emitted in the creative process and then stored in finished pieces. Seb has also experimented with mycelium to make light shades that are entirely natural and completely compostable.
In this Six with Seedlip, we caught up with Seb to chat all things nature and find out why it is important to champion British woodland.
VI. Who would you most like to go for a cocktail with?
I would most like to go for a cocktail with William Morris, but as he is no longer with us my second choice would be Dan Barber, the American chef and writer of The Third Plate. His book is enormously eye-opening in terms of how we should be reshaping and rethinking our food production. That book has even inspired me to rethink how we might reshape our material production. Dan has an amazing restaurant in New York at the Stone Barns Centre for Food and Agriculture where I’d love to visit and have a drink with him.
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