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Our most historic project site yet?

April 2016

Last week we installed new furniture at what may be our oldest project site to date. St Bene’t’s Church in Cambridge is the oldest church in the county and celebrates its millennium in 2020. To mark the occasion the church are undertaking some refurbishments that will see some of the oldest parts of the church open up for new uses.

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New Luke Hughes® stacking pews arranged in the Saxon West Tower

This includes the pre-1066 West Tower which has been sensitively renovated to become a cosy space for quiet reflection and shelter for young families during the busy weekend services. For the space we designed six stacking oak pews and a choir frontal which can be arranged in a variety of ways and neatly stacked to make way for those coming to ring the historic bells, the oldest of which dates back to 1588.

St Bene’t's Church tweets about their new Luke Hughes® furniture


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New Luke Hughes® stacking pews arranged in the Saxon West Tower

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Close up detail of the new pews

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An alternative layout of the new pews

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The new pews stacked against one wall








Season’s greetings!

December 2015

2015 has been a year of wonderful, challenging new projects and the passing of some poignant milestones. We’d like to wish everyone, clients, suppliers, friends and colleagues a wonderful festive season and a prosperous new year.


To celebrate, below are just a few of our favourite social media posts by our project partners which show some of our designs in use.

Yale NUS
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Read more about the project here

Churchill College
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Read more about the project here

Rosewood London
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University of Liverpool
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University of Winchester
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Read more about the project here

Westminster Abbey
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Read more about the project here

Yale
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Read more about the project here








Luke Hughes® and Bob Dylan

December 2015

Today the team were thrilled to see our bespoke leather benches for Yale University co-star in IBM’s new campaign alongside the one and only Bob Dylan.

Catch the new advert below and read more about the project here








Coventry chair at Valparaiso University

December 2015

Following the re-launch of the iconic Coventry chair in May this year, Luke Hughes® has recently delivered 1,545 chairs for the Chapel of Resurrection at Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA -  the first major ecclesiastical project using the revived design.

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The chapel, believed to be the largest college chapel in the US (and probably the world) is an outstanding example of 1950s architecture and was designed by Indiana-based architect Charles Stade. It is often noted for its striking resemblance to Coventry Cathedral.

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The Coventry chair design was originally commissioned from Dick Russell by Sir Basil Spence for Coventry Cathedral, and was later selected to furnish churches and cathedrals across the world. After a recent visit to Coventry, representatives of Valparaiso University initially contacted the Gordon Russell Trust who passed them on to Luke Hughes® with whom there has been a close and long-established relationship.

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For Luke Hughes®, a company that specializes in furniture in architecture, the chair fits perfectly with the company’s design philosophy that furniture should embellish architectural space, not impose upon it. Since its debut in 1962, the Coventry chair has been commissioned by many major UK cathedrals including Winchester, Wells, Southwark and Hereford with thousands still in use today.

Watch a short film on Luke’s visit to the Gordon Russell Trust here
& see a film on the making of the revived Coventry chair here








Luke Hughes® on Premier Radio

December 2015

In case you missed it, listen to Nicholas Smith, Communications Executive at Luke Hughes® discuss the future of worship spaces on Premier Christian Radio.

Catch the interview here







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