Born in Hong Kong and educated in Britain, the young Samuel spent so much time tinkering in the school workshop that a career in design seemed a matter of course. Samuel's formal training culminated in a Masters in furniture design from Buckinghamshire University. In 1995 he launched his company, Channels, with not just a studio-showroom in London but also his own workshop - to demonstrate the equal importance he gives to design and craft.
Over the years his work has consistently expressed a preoccupation with clean lines and proportion; as one commentator notes,
"There is an uncommon logic to Chan's designs."
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.
“I am interested in design that endures - a piece of furniture that keeps its interest, made in such a way as to last, even improve, over time.”