Sam Kennedy (Co-Director, head of production, head of workshop)
Sam leads on fabrication and the implementation of projects. He has a sophisticated knowledge of materials and techniques, developed through the successful delivery of multiple projects. His understanding of the design process and experience of translating design intent into reality are much appreciated both by us and by our customers.
After graduating from a BA in Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art, Sam worked as a cabinet maker for a number of years. In 2012 he completed a Masters in furniture design and interior architecture before joining James Gilpin at CBY in 2014.
Aiko Kubo (Co-Director)
Aiko leads on concept and technical design for CBY, as well as managing our online presence and business development. She is an adept problem solver and has a great deal of experience in designing for fabrication. Aiko’s passion for furniture design and spatial arrangement recently lead her to initiate a sister brand, the design studio company of things.
Aiko trained as an industrial designer in Tokyo, before working for a number of years as a designer at a Japanese interior furniture company. She left Japan to undertake an MA in textiles, in Stockholm, where she explored textiles as a spatial medium. She joined CBY in 2015 and became a co-director in 2017.