dESIGNER & CABINETMAKER
Graham Ikin designs and makes stylish contemporary furniture at his home and workshop in the Cotswolds. He believes that the involvement of the client in the creative process results in the design of unique pieces of furniture which not only meet individual needs but are also enjoyed for many years to come.
The care that he takes is evident in the subtle features of every commission; a chamfer here, a small inlay there or perhaps a hidden compartment, to lift and differentiate. Every design piece is special!
“We are delighted with the ‘Omega’, so clean looking. It is so pleasing to wake in the morning to see the omega shadow cast against the wall from the outside light.”
Mr H – Windsor
Graham Ikin comes from a long line of artisans and craftsmen with carpenters, boot-makers and artists in his genealogy.
So it was no surprise that from an early age he has designed and made furniture from wood.
In his teenage years he built three boats of increasing size and complexity and made furniture for himself and his family. However, this enterprise was suppressed on leaving school with only modest qualifications and the need to earn a living. Graham was apprenticed to an engineering company and gained technical qualifications, progressively rising through the company right upto board level. During this period the creative aspect of his personality was focused towards engineering design.
Over more recent years and with more time for himself the spark of creativity, never far below the surface, led him to start designing and making furniture once more. Since then Graham has exhibited many times at the prestigious Celebration of Craftsmanship in Cheltenham and has also completed many successful commissions. He shows regularly at the Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair and many other well known venues.
His style has its roots in Art Deco but with a more contemporary feel using a wide variety of timbers to add interest and shape and also integrating his engineering experience into many of his designs. He works alone from his Cotswolds workshop but his furniture is now in homes across the country.
“Something Different”, Malmesbury Town Hall, 20th Aug to 9th Sept, 2022.
Glos Guild of Craftsmen, Cheltenham Literary Festival, 7th to 16th Oct, 2022.