Blackened Shake Cabinet

Sebastian Cox

Made exclusively for The New Craftsmen, this piece has been constructed from individually made shakes‚ a shingle commonly used in Japan as architectural cladding. These delicately blackened pieces have been cleft via the ancient art of splitting wood along its grain, then assembled on the door frames to create a fantastic texture.

Blackened Shake Cabinet by Sebastian Cox and Benchmark Furniture. This contemporary piece is constructed with blackened shakes of chestnut and ash timber.

Material: Hand-coppiced Kentish chestnut and well-managed English ash, British tanned leather handles
cm: Width 82cm, Depth 40cm, Height 180cm
inches: Width 32.3in, Depth 15.7in, Height 70.9in
Care Instructions: Wipe with damp, lint-free cloth
Lead Time: 12 weeks


Shakes are a type of shingle commonly used in Japan as architectural cladding. Made from coppiced chestnut, each has been cleft (the ancient art of splitting wood along its grain) skillfully split as thinly as possible.
The Maker Sebastian Cox Furniture Maker - South East England

Sebastian Cox is a furniture designer producing cabinets, tables and bespoke projects with a focus on sustainable British hardwoods and coppiced timbers. His design philosophy hinges on honesty and simplicity, with the principle that a traditional approach can be as radical as something modern. Sebastian Cox set up his studio in 2010 from a humble Lincolnshire stable. Since then he has had his pieces exhibited at the V&A as well as winning numerous awards including Homes & Gardens’ Designer Awards 2016.