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From the archives ... the Covent Garden workshop

June 2017

In the early days of Luke Hughes, the Covent Garden workshop was so small that larger pieces of furniture had to be assembled in the back-streets outside. 

Here is one of a set of circular benches being made in 1987 for a shopping centre in Harrow, London (and they’re still there, thirty years later!). Pictured above are craftsmen Joss Skottowe (left) and Mark Adams (kneeling) and the team’s able administrator, Christian Jebb (behind).

The images come from the company’s vast archive of photos and drawings accumulated over the last four decades, only now the subject of a proper archive retrieval exercise.








Yale University Sterling Memorial Library

Yale projects

June 2017

Luke Hughes is working on two new projects for Yale University, following the completion of the public area seating at Edward P. Evans Hall, Yale School of Management (working with Foster + Partners), furniture for the three dining halls at Yale-NUS College, Singapore (with PCP Architects) and furniture for Yale's Sterling Memorial Library (with Apicella + Bunton).

For the first project, we have designed new tables and chairs for a new Yale College with Robert Stern Architects, scheduled to open autumn 2017. 

The second project is the refurbishment of the Manuscripts and Archives Room at the Sterling Memorial Library, working again with the spirited design team at Apicella + Bunton. This will be completed at the end of 2017.

Yale University is well-known for its architectural heritage (including the famous 1960s Beinecke Library and other impressive buildings by Louis Kahn, Eero Saarinen, James Gamble Rogers, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, as well as the British architects, Norman Foster and Michael Hopkins).

Yale Museum also has one of the most impressive collections of furniture too - the American Decorative Arts Furniture Study - a working library of more than 1,100 of furniture and wooden objects from 17th-21st century.








Savoy Court Count Peter

A new home

June 2017

We have recently moved into our new home at 7 Savoy Court, right next to The Savoy Hotel and above Simpson's-in-the-Strand. 

Vacating our original studio and workshop on Drury Lane, after 36 years, has been an emotional wrench (we have probably been there far longer than any other furniture maker, even than Thomas Chippendale*) but now the company has so much international focus, we need larger premises.

Savoy Court has been the perfect fit. We moved in this May, and aim to have a new showroom area ready in time for an official opening in Autumn 2017.

Some interesting facts about our new location:

• Our neighbour, The Savoy Hotel, was built by Richard D’Oyly Carte in the 1880s (with profits from his productions of Gilbert and Sullivan opera productions) and was the first luxury London hotel. The site was initially the home of Count Peter of Savoy who built the original Savoy palace in 1263, and it is his gilded-bronze statue (sculpted by Frank Lynn-Jenkins in 1904 and mounted on the Art Deco canopy in 1929) that stands directly outside our windows (pictured).

• Savoy Court is the only named street in the UK where vehicles are required to drive on the right, a tradition that dates back to the days of the hackney carriage when a cab driver would reach his arm out of the driver’s door window to open the passenger’s door (which opened backwards and had the handle at the front) without having to get down from the cab.

*When he flourished, there were nearly 200 cabinet-making workshops within Covent Garden, within half a mile of here. He moved to his Covent Garden premises in Conduit Court, off Long Acre, in 1749 and to 60-62 St Martin’s Lane, in 1754. He was born in 1718, died in 1779. Next year will be his tercentenary of his birth.

 








RIBA National Awards 2017

June 2017

Out of six projects we were involved with that won various 2017 RIBA Regional Awards, four have now gone on to win a 2017 RIBA National Award. We extend our congratulations to the talented architectural teams, it has been a pleasure to collaborate with them.

Learn more about each project:

St Albans Abbey Cathedral 

 The Welding Institute 

 Leicester Cathedral's Richard III Project 'With Dignity and Honour' 

 The Berrow Foundation Building and New Garden Building, Lincoln College 

 








Riba Regional Awards 2017

RIBA Regional Awards 2017

June 2017

The winners of the RIBA Regional Awards 2017 were announced earlier this month, and we were delighted to learn that 6 projects we were involved with won awards. The full list is as follows:

St Albans Abbey Cathedral - RIBA East Award 2017, RIBA East Conservation Award 2017, RIBA East Project Architect of the Year Award 2017

The Welding Institute - RIBA East Award 2017

Leicester Cathedral's Richard III Project 'With Dignity and Honour' - RIBA East Midlands Award 2017, RIBA East Midlands Project Architect of the Year 2017 for Josh McCosh, RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year 2017

5-7 St Helen's Place with The Leathersellers' Hall - RIBA London Award 2017

The Berrow Foundation Building and New Garden Building, Lincoln College - RIBA South Award 2017 and RIBA South Building of the Year 2017

University of Winchester Winton Chapel - RIBA South Award 2017

We look forward to hearing the 2017 winners of the remaining RIBA awards.







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