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John Lee

John Lee Cabinetmaker
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From father to son

  • • He draws inspiration from the Irish landscape and environment
  • • His work contrasts smooth and textured surfaces
  • • He designed the chair for Ireland’s President

He grew up surrounded by chests of drawers, tables, and chairs made by his father, a woodworker and technical drawing teacher. His grandfather was a carpenter. It seems that somehow, Lee didn’t have a choice about his vein of work. “There is a long association with wood in my family, I couldn’t even say if there was one particular moment in my life when I consciously decided to continue the tradition.” He graduated from The Furniture College in Ireland in 1993, and he opened his own workshop in 2004 in Maynooth, a small town in County Meath. He has exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally. In 2015, he was awarded the Irish Design Award for Excellence and Innovation.

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Works

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Coral

This sculptural coffee table was hand carved and shaped using bleached white oak. The top was sanded to a smooth finish, while the contrasting textured surfaces of the sides were achieved by sandblasting.

Height 46 cm
Length 120 cm
Width 90 cm

John Lee Cabinetmaker
Photo: © John Lee
Mollusc

This elegant wardrobe features a textured fumed oak exterior and a smooth bleached ash interior. John’s latest works explore notions of shape and function, as well as the use of natural wood.

Height 210 cm
Length 110 cm
Width 70 cm

John Lee Cabinetmaker
Photo: © John Lee
Pegasus

This high table was hand carved and shaped from solid oak. The base was sandblasted, creating a surface evocative of weathered drift wood. John’s latest works explore notions of shape and function, as well as the use of natural wood.

Height 90 cm
Length 180 cm
Width 120 cm

John Lee Cabinetmaker
Photo: © John Lee
Salcombe

Ireland’s coastline and natural erosion were the inspiration behind this ash dining table. The piece was hand carved, shaped and sandblasted, resulting in a surface evocative of weathered drift wood. The design allows light to flood through the piece.

Height 76 cm
Length 250 cm
Width 130 cm

John Lee Cabinetmaker
Photo: © John Lee
Sliabh

The curves of the Irish coastline inspired the shape of this oak chest of drawers. All the outer surfaces were sandblasted and textured to create a natural weathered appearance. John’s latest works explore notions of shape and function, as well as the use of natural wood.

Height 80 cm
Length 150 cm
Width 50 cm

John Lee Cabinetmaker

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