About Karl Lewin
Karl Lewin is a maker of fine, bespoke furniture and other one-off creations. He approaches every project with precision, to make beautiful and ecologically responsible work. Karl enjoys working closely with private clients, designers and architects to ensure that, from start to finish, all requirements are met to exceptionally high standards. Although specialising in timber, Karl is adept at handling many other materials and takes pleasure in finding solutions to design challenges within projects.
A sideboard designed by the architect Mike Russum and created by Karl for Wood Lane using Zebrano, stainless steel & Richlite
Karl's experience from the start
Karl’s career began in the 1980’s as a traditionally trained carpenter on housing and public sector contracts, before moving on to high-end renovation projects. After completing an HND in Three-dimensional Technical Illustration and Design in 1993 at Sunderland University, Karl spent over a decade at Forum, a London-based model making and prototyping company. There he became senior maker and workshop manager, leading a range of projects for some of the world’s top designers and architects. These included Ron Arad, Ross Lovegrove, Wolff Olins and Jan Kaplicky. Prototypes made encompassed furniture for Vitra, Driade, SCP, Herman Miller and Jasper Morrison as well as larger-scale projects such as a design realisation of First and Business Class cabins for Singapore Airlines.
In 2004, Karl set up his Fine Woodwork business, in association with Graham Gough, which has so far involved work on a multitude of bespoke projects. Some examples are shown in his Portfolio. One of Karl’s long term clients is the award winning Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects, for whom he has worked on a number of commissions. These include the RIBA-shortlisted, 6 Wood Lane.
Many of the pieces showcased on this website were created with Karl’s longstanding collaborator, Graham Gough. Graham has an MA in Fine Art from the University of Ulster, following which he worked at Tim Weare and Partners, the creative Model Makers, where he became a Partner. Graham then started his own bespoke furniture business and in 2004 began collaborating with Karl. Three years later, they decided to set up a shared studio in Herne Hill, where they work both individually and on joint projects.
Karl (right) with Graham, who he regularly partners with on projects, including the Thai Spirit Temple