Sebastian Parker Furniture Design is a San Francisco based studio and wood shop that creates custom furniture for residential and commercial clients. Playing both the role of designer and craftsman, Sebastian is able to work closely with his clients from concept to completion, immersing himself in each project.
Bar Agricole · San Francisco
Cocktail bar and restaurant, Bar Agricole, best exemplifies Sebastian's stylistic approach. The fifty chairs in the restaurant were designed specifically for Bar Agricole's image as a contemporary tavern, and is in compliance with the building's Leed Certification. All of the wood used in crafting the chairs was reclaimed from oak wine barrels, giving the chair a reddish hue and rustic appearance. In addition to creating the chairs, Sebastian made four large dining tables (also made from reclaimed white oak), benches, candle holders, serving trays, and shadow box frames.
20 Spot · San Francisco
20 Spot is a wine bar and restaurant located in the Mission District of San Francsico. The bar was built from fiddleback Eucalyptus and inspired by the mid-century designer Paul McCobb. Other wood features created by Sebastian at the 20 Spot include the bar-back shelving (designed by architect Wylie Price), Walnut dining tables, and chef's pass.
A San Francisco native, Sebastian Parker was raised in a family of artists and musicians. His formal art training includes studying sculpture at City College of San Francisco and The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Sebastian then worked as an assistant to New York metal sculptors Joel Perlman and John Clement. It wasn't until his return to San Francisco that he began experimenting with wood. Realizing that furniture makers tended to be the most skilled with this medium, he jumped at the opportunity to apprentice with master craftsman and furniture designer Michael Bock in Marin. It was in this studio that Sebastian learned the skills that eventually led to his passion for designing and building furniture.
"I believe the best results are achieved when the designer is also the craftsman. The two should never be seperated, because they share equal responsibility. It is difficult for a designer to transmit his ideas to someone else. Thus in the mass market method, the machine craftsman must take part in the designing and, as a result, the designer often wonders if the finished product is actually what he intended. The designer-craftsman . . . isn't designing for a machine, but for an individual who seeks the finest quality of workmanship. People are becoming tired of the sameness of machine-tooled products. So the designer-craftsman is not obsolete; he steps in and fills a void that industry cannot satisfy. For me it is not enough to be a designer only. I want to be able to work a piece of wood into an object that contributes something beautiful and useful to our everyday living."
-Sam Maloof (American designer-craftsman)
Levi's · San Francisco
In collaboration with the creative team at Levi's, Sebastian created several window displays for both Levi's "Made and Crafted" and "Vintage" clothing divisions, including a "Made and Crafted" boutique at the Levi's headquarters in downtown San Francsico.
As a restaurant designer and owner I am fortunate enough to collaborate with all kinds of creative people - chefs, architects, designers, farmers, sculptors, photographers and painters to name a few. Sebastian shines in such company. His work speaks for itself; he is a stunning wood-worker. More importantly, though, he has the rare ability to listen closely to his client. I have worked with Sebastian repeatedly because each time I do I am left with a beautiful product that is the perfect consequence of my desire and Sebastian's expertise.