Hand Crafted Furniture

Jan Lennon hand crafts beautiful furniture with the finest timber in her Somerset-based workshop.

After ten years in the visual effects and design industries, Jan decided to go back to her greatest interest: furniture making.

Jan has always loved making furniture. "As far back as I can remember I would have a favourite chair, or table, or wooden box. Little pudgy toddler legs trying to climb into my grandfather's wooden armchair. In fact, I may have been one of the only eleven year olds around to ask for a desk for Christmas, or a wooden floor for my thirteenth birthday."

As it turned out, it was the conjunction of visual creativity and problem solving within technical parameters that interested Jan - solve a problem and make it look good. This love of problem solving and design led to the pursuit of a degree in Industrial Design and after gaining this and a Masters degree in 3D Animation and Motion Graphics, creating designs, animations and visuals for TV, films and advertising in the visual effects and design industries for ten years.

But the physical skill that comes with making and prototyping furniture has always been Jan's greatest interest and after completing training with the prestigious Williams and Cleal Furniture School, Jan launched her own furniture making business.

Author's Choice

Jan's passion for furniture making shines through the quality of her craftsmanship. We love her use of different timbers that compliment each other in an elegant manner such as the Black Walnut and Olive Ash of the Meala Table. This table looks small and compact but there is a lot of design and detail in it. The compartments are not overtly hidden but something about them has a lovely secretive feel. The central drawer is so sensible in this design too, especially when used as a dressing table.

Jan's pieces also have different styles but remain to compliment each other in any space. The Exmoor Chair oozes personality and surprises the eye, as all bent wood does, as its gorgeous curve seems to defy logic. It is such a beautiful curve juxtaposed with the unapologetically straight leg of the chair. These mixture of styles in Jan's designs are stunning and the hidden details make you excited to see what piece she creates next.