The Channels story begins with Samuel Chan’s love of woodworking as a schoolboy. Born in Hong Kong and educated in Britain, he spent seven years training to be a furniture designer in London, Middlesex and Buckinghamshire Universities. After completing his Masters degree, he worked initially in hotel design.
In 1995 Samuel set up Channels with a studio-showroom in Southwest London and a workshop in Shropshire, thus signalling his intent to keep the entire design-make-sell process in-house. His aim from the beginning was to establish Channels as a furniture company known for clean, contemporary design and excellent craftsmanship. This continues to be his motivation, and to date Samuel’s work has been recognized with twelve Design Guild Marks.
Samuel was named Furniture Designer of the Year at the Homes & Garden Design Awards 2015.