Listen To Our Home Truths Podcast... With Sebastian Cox

In the sixth of our Home Truths podcast series, we chat to fine furniture maker Sebastian Cox...

We’re very excited to share episode six of our brand new podcast, Home Truths, which launches today! Available wherever you download your podcasts, each week one of the biggest names in design reveals the secrets, stories and fascinating insights behind their most famous career moments.

Hosted by Livingetc’s Executive Editor Pip McCormac, for the sixth episode he is joined by furniture maker Sebastian Cox, for a revealing chat about his career path, offering insight as to how he got to where he is today. Listen here (opens in new tab).

Having launched onto the scene while still at university, his debut showcase in 2010 got headlines immediately for its intelligent approach to sustainability. Since then, Sebastian has been tireless in the pursuit of using materials more wisely, more beautifully and aligning himself more fully with the natural patterns of the planet.

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He talks about what it was like to collaborate with brands such as deVOL and Burberry, how he realised he could do something pretty smart with some fungus he found in the woods, and how he can run a practice that is both ethical and profitable at the same time. Not only is the conversation a way to peek behind the curtain at one of the UK’s most recognisable brand names, there are also entrepreneurial tips aplenty, and advice for how to make it in the industry.

(Image credit: Alun Callender)

And if you missed episode one, then you’re in for a treat, as award winning designer Lee Broom (opens in new tab) chats about a career that spans nearly 15 years. He reveals how he went from designing chairs in his tiny flat in Oval with one other colleague, to heading up an international brand sold all over the world. He talks about the thinking behind his groundbreaking Parquetry collection, his eye-catching show-stopping displays at Salone del Mobile in Milan, and the steps he took to grow his business into what it is today.

Episode two, featuring Linda Boronkay (opens in new tab) from Soho House, includes a revealing chat about how she overcame her imposter syndrome to work her way up at London’s biggest studios.

While Episode three includes Tom Dixon (opens in new tab) talking about going from being a rebel of the 1980s design scene to gradually working his way up to becoming the godfather figure he is today, with insight into the story behind his famous copper ball pendant.

In Episode 4, Matthew Williamson (opens in new tab) explains what happened when Kate Moss (opens in new tab) popped over to his bedsit to pick her outfit, how his relationship grew with Sienna Miller to be mutually beneficial creative partnership, what dinner at Karl Lagerfeld (opens in new tab)’s was like and why and how he made the move into interiors.

And in Episode 5, Tricia Guild (opens in new tab) shares her insight into what it’s like heading up Designers Guild for 50 years, how she made the Kings Road cool back in 1970, and the struggles she faced as a woman in business.

Home Truths, sponsored by Heal’s, is an eight part podcast series, with a new episode ready to download each Monday. We have some huge stars lined up so stay tuned for more interiors inspiration and a glimpse into the thinking behind some of your favourite designs.

Episode Five of Livingetc’s Brand new Podcast, Home Truths, is ready to download now, or listen here (opens in new tab).

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.