Jamaican-born furniture designer Sanjay Senior recently showcased his creative and distinctive work in London England at an exhibition hosted by the Jamaican High Commission.
The exhibition of tables, chairs, and benches, showed Senior’s unique design style, which involves a mix of traditional woods with other diverse materials.
He combines components from different types of household furnishing with highly refined woodworking skills to create something entirely new, demonstrating his own design sensibilities while at the same time, acknowledging his appreciation of other styles.
Senior is part of a new wave of Jamaicans in the creative industries, who are causing a stir in the design world in the United Kingdom and Europe.
He has been creating his own furniture for the past six years and has started his own business, Senior Furnishings, in North London.
Unique furniture creations from Jamaican-born Sanjay Senior, which were on show at the Jamaican High Commission in London England recently.
Senior’s interest in craft was developed during his early years in Jamaica, where as a child, he was encouraged by his grandfather to make his own toys. When he migrated to England, he began to focus his studies on furniture design.
Senior said that whenever possible he uses reclaimed wood and he works with the natural shape and colour of the wood he finds to determine the form of the final piece.
He said his vision for the future is to create a business that spans the continent, in which he can develop his highly distinctive and experimental furniture style.
Jamaica’s Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Joan Edwards, who attended the launch, said she was impressed by Senior’s “novel and innovative approach to furniture design and his ability to turn mundane objects into creations that are both practical and aesthetically pleasing.”
Mrs. Edwards added that she was particularly pleased to see creative young Jamaicans branching out into non-traditional fields.