LUKE HUGHES AND COMPANY is furniture designer to some of the nation's best-loved buildings. Since moving the studio to Covent Garden nearly 30 years ago, the team have designed and made furniture for more than 50 Oxbridge colleges, 70 parish churches, 11 cathedrals, 5 royal palaces, 2 synagogues, 30 luxury spas and 900 boardrooms for city corporations. In all they have produced some £40 million worth of furniture made in the UK through a network of small and medium-sized workshops.
“Our furniture sits in great buildings. In our view, what an object looks like is less important than the influence that object has on the space in which it resides; furniture should embellish architectural space, not embarrass it. Most buildings cannot function without furniture, yet inappropriate pieces grossly undermine great architecture. The challenge lies in meshing the two. This is as true in Windsor Castle or Westminster Abbey as it is in the luxury spa of Number One Hyde Park or the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong.”
In 2010 Luke Hughes and Company was shortlisted for the Walpole Award for “the highest standard of British design talent through innovation, design and British craftsmanship”. Other notable projects include the British Embassy Moscow, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, St. George’s Bloomsbury and Foundress Court, Pembroke College Cambridge.
Luke Hughes writes and lectures to architects on sustainability, timber and materials in the UK and overseas. A former member of the Crafts Council, Chairman of the Art Workers Guild and member of the Academic Review Board of the Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture, he is currently Honorary Designer for the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers and sits on the Fabric Advisory Committee for Southwark Cathedral. In recent years he has been a judge for the RIBA Wood Awards and the Koestler Trust (for encouraging art in prisons). He is also a mountaineer who has climbed the North Face of the Eiger and, over 25 years, explored much of the unmapped central area of Tibet.
Luke Hughes’ article “Woodland Heritage – my view” is featured in the 2011 edition of Woodland Heritage magazine.
“Luke Hughes and Company is happy to discuss any space or furniture related issues you face and to answer any questions you have about the work we do.”
Luke Hughes and Company is a Founder Member of Woodland Heritage.
Gallery of a selection of our pieces
(click on them for a slideshow)