Hong Kong-born furniture designer Samuel Chan — a past judge for the Perspective Awards in 2010 — celebrates the 20th anniversary of his eponymous studio Channels this autumn, with a limited edition collection of his most iconic designs
Since launching his company Channels in 1995, British furniture designer Samuel Chan has become known for his distinctive, modern furniture designs realised through exemplary woodcraft. In February this year, he was named Furniture Designer of the Year at the Homes & Gardens Design Awards, with the judges praising the perfect proportions and unusual details of his designs, as well as his ability to "make wood sing".
Born in Hong Kong and educated in Britain, Chan's career in design began through his love of woodworking as a schoolboy. His formal training culminated in a Masters in furniture design from Buckinghamshire University, and it was two decades ago that he set up his company with a studio-showroom in London's New King's Road and a workshop in Shropshire.
"For me, the drawing board and the bench are equally important," says Chan. "I wanted to keep the entire production process under one roof so it was vital Channels had its own workshop." His intention from the beginning was to establish Channels as a furniture company known for clean, contemporary design and excellent craftsmanship. To date, his work has been recognised with ten Design Guild Marks, as well as numerous accolades in Asia, including multiple wins at the Perspective Awards (now known as the A&D Trophy Awards).
To celebrate 20 successful years in the industry, Chan has chosen three of his most iconic designs — all capturing the distinctiveness of his work — and has relaunched them in new wood finishes complemented with exquisite fabrics. Each piece will carry a commemorative mark and be numbered in a limited issue of just 20.
This is an excerpt from the "With an Accomplished Flourish” article from the October 2015 issue of Perspective magazine.
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