The Invisible Store of Happiness opens at Clerkenwell Design Week


The Sebastian Cox team has collaborated with sculptor, Laura Ellen Bacon to create The Invisible Store of Happiness; a celebration of wood and craftsmanship for Clerkenwell Design Week

Our installation, made from American cherry and maple opens this weekend for visitors to the design show in London, in the dramatic archway at the historic Museum of the Order of St John. What's more, we know this collaboration has been designed and made with a lower carbon footprint than an iPhone 5.

Together with Laura Ellen Bacon we have united our design, making and cabinetry skills to create a brave three-metre high installation consisting of a mighty steam bent frame that gives way to thinner, weaveable strips of wood that are manipulated into great, undulating ripples of wood.

The piece is called The Invisible Store of Happiness because it embodies the joy found in making and handwork, something Laura and Sebastian share within their work. It's a store of other things too - including carbon.

Together with AHEC (the American Hardwood Export Council) who used their forward thinking research to environmentally Life Cycle Assess the entire project we have been able to truly measure the environmental impact of this sculpture.

We were fascinated to see the speed at which the timber we used to make the Wish List piece for Sir Terence Conran was regenerated in the American woodlands. We were also delighted that it was possible to assess the environmental impact of the piece; AHEC are leading the charge when it comes to environmental life cycle assessment with timber.

Brogan Cox