Nicholas Langan


Nicholas Langan's Bio

I have been working with wood since 1994 and trained as a furniture designer maker in Cornwall. Whilst training and for the first few years after having qualified, I worked for other furniture makers in Cornwall and Dorset, furthering my knowledge and skills in the craft of furniture making.

In 2003 I moved back to Cornwall with the intention of striking out on my own and set up my company Journeyman Furniture which is based on the harbour in Hayle.

I specialise in the design and creation of fine contemporary furniture which is made to commission, although many varied and interesting projects are regularly undertaken.

I can produce either individual pieces or entire room schemes for either the home or workplace. All projects are made to exacting standards embracing both traditional and modern techniques of craftsmanship.

Being based in Cornwall and looking out on the daily ebb and flow of the tide and shifting sand dunes, I am continually inspired to create beautiful furniture and artefacts which reflect the moods of nature. I am passionate about the wood used in my designs and always try to get the most out of the grain, patterns and texture of the timber paying close attention to the overall form and functionality of the piece.

I produce clean lines and employ simple decoration allowing the wood to express itself, and most importantly your needs and personality are reflected to ensure that the finished piece enhances your environment and life.

I care about conservation of our planet and support sustainable forestry practice by using local native timber wherever possible. Some of the most interesting wood that I use is hand selected and comes from local sources. Hardwoods are generally used such as brown oak, olive ash, rippled sycamore, wild cherry, curly walnut, spalted beech and burr elm, although yew (technically a softwood) and cedar of Lebanon is also used.

Other more exotic woods and highly figured veneers are used to achieve decorative patterns but I strive to ensure that it has originated from an ethical source. A myriad of techniques are used in the studio to manipulate materials to create curves and other complex shapes. In the finer points of construction, hand tools are always used to produce a fine finish to my exacting standards.

I am always looking for unusual wood and keep a stockpile to use in future projects. Most of the stock in use has provenance, I can tell you exactly where it came from.

I have followed my ‘journeyman’ path by working on a number of projects for various prestigious clients including David Linley, English Heritage, Liberty, various high end retailers and even the occasional celebrity.

I now have a number of personal clients and work with interior designers and architects, designing and creating beautiful furniture and interiors to commission.