About Gekko Designs

Sam Chown started Gekko Designs in 2006,  specialising in making contemporary bespoke furniture using the finest materials.  All pieces are made using solid wood or the highest quality birchwood ply and guarantee that we will never use mdf!

Working and living in St Ives provides new inspiration everyday through the rugged beauty of nature with the ever changing sea and wild cliffs. Our workshop is located just a mile out of St Ives in nearby Halsetown.

The main aim of Gekko Designs is to create furniture that our customers are totally satisfied with. Alongside Sam’s own exceptional standards and attention to detail, he works closely with clients to ensure that from the initial design through to the finished product, quality, sustainability and most importantly perfect functionality are achieved. All leading to a unique piece that is a pleasure to have in your home.


Sam’s passion is in creating one-off pieces of original modern designs, using high quality sustainable materials.  You will always find something quirky in each design from bending wood to incorporating metal work into the design.  Each piece of furniture is individually designed,  either by us for you, or by you our client. Gekko Designs hand craft both free-standing and fitted furniture and Sam has supplied all of the furniture at the Gekko Lodge Bed and Breakfast in St Ives.

Building and Commercial

Sam has over 10 years experience in building where he started his career and this still forms a large part of his work today.    More recently Sam’s projects have included commercial work such as shop and restaurant refurbishments, interior design and project managing.


At Gekko Designs we feel very strongly about the importance of sustainable sourcing both in terms of materials; using UK and European grown hardwoods where ever possible (Sycamore, Ash, Oak and Beech.) and also local businesses; all of the  ironmongery and steel used is sourced from local suppliers. Respecting the environment is very important and we constantly aim to keep our impact to a minimum during any project we undertake. Our designs, build and quality of materials ensure that every piece is made to last for many years to come. We keep wastage to a minimum and recycle all packaging and unused materials, Sam is inspired by ‘up cycling’ regularly designing and making new products from leftover materials.