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Luke Hughes renews ISO 9001

Luke Hughes renews ISO 9001

December 2014

This week Luke Hughes was re-certified by the BSI Group for the ISO 9001 Quality Management certificate.

The company first achieved this status in 1996, at a time when it was amongst the earliest furniture design companies to qualify.

At Luke Hughes we always design and deliver our work with consideration to efficiency, care and quality. Our ISO 9001 certificate formally acknowledges these practices and reassures our clients and suppliers, at home and abroad, that our work for them is as important during the design stage as it is a decade after installation.








Luke Hughes appointed Sylva Foundation Trustee

Luke Hughes appointed Sylva Foundation Trustee

December 2014

Luke Hughes has been appointed as one of three new Trustees for the Sylva Foundation, a registered charity founded in 2009 working to regenerate Britain’s ‘wood culture’ and driving sustainable expansion throughout the industry.

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For the last 36 years Luke Hughes has grown his namesake brand into a leading design practice still based in Drury Lane, Covent Garden, renowned as a historical centre of carpentry and cabinet making. The last decade has seen him lecture home at home and abroad on issues around design, sustainability and timber development.

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Together with fellow appointed Trustees Samantha Leigh and Michael Wills they will provide specialist advice and experience to aid the foundation in achieving its aims to support innovation in home grown wood and the care of our national forests.

‘The Sylva Foundation is one of the most intelligently focussed forestry initiatives around today, with clear attainable objectives. These specifically include how, through research and training, British woodlands can be better managed to face the unprecedented threats from climate change, pests and diseases and the economic viability of home-grown timber. Over the last ten years, I’ve been lecturing on similar themes all round the world, so it is particularly heartening to be able to support an organisation that is so actively putting theory into practice’.
- Luke Hughes

For further information regarding the Sylva Foundation, visit their website here.








Luke Hughes for New College yard scheme

Luke Hughes for New College yard scheme

December 2014

Luke Hughes is part of the team assembled by Caroe Architecture to support their winning competition entry for New College, Oxford. Luke Hughes - furniture designers to 50 Oxbridge colleges - will design and install all the song school and choir furniture for the scheme.

The scheme will reorganise the space between the college’s Grade-I listed chapel and the ancient perimeter of Oxford’s city wall, and add facilities for their world-famous choir.

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Luke Hughes is pleased to be working once again with Caroe Architecture, whose competition entry stood beside many highly-regarded practices. Past joint projects include the refurbishment of the Maufe Building and the archive library in the School of Pythagoras at St John’s College, Cambridge, and liturgical furniture for the Oxford University church, St Mary the Virgin.

The project also marks the latest in a valued, twenty-year relationship with New College. Previous work for the college includes chair designs for the Dining Hall and Wykeham Library.

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‘New College Choir has one of the greatest choral traditions in the world, dating back to the 14th century. Luke Hughes has designed choir furniture and Song School furniture for Exeter, Bristol, Ely and St Albans Cathedrals. It is exciting to be able to apply some of our experience to make that choral rehearsal space as elegant and efficient for the coming centuries as in the major cathedrals.’
Luke Hughes, Founder

The project is due for completion in 2017.








HM the Queen opens our latest project

HM the Queen opens our latest project

October 2014

Today marked the service of celebration for the refurbishment of the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London. HM the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Michael of Kent (and the Luke Hughes team) were in attendance.

Situated within the Tower’s Inner Ward, the Chapel dates from 1515 and is a Royal Peculiar. Rebuilt for Henry VIII by Sir Richard Cholmondeley, it has been a site of religious worship since before the Norman Conquest. Burial place to three Queens of England and two Saints of the Catholic faith, the Chapel is named for St Peter, whose story influences the design of the space and its furnishings.

A particular highlight of the day was witnessing the official photograph being taken, where to the team’s surprise, a line of Folio chairs designed by us for the Tower some 15 years ago were assembled for the Royal party.

Read about the development of the project here.








The Sainsbury Laboratory: ‘best Stirling Prize winner ever’

The Sainsbury Laboratory: ‘best Stirling Prize winner ever’

October 2014

This week after a sizeable readers’ poll by the Architects Journal, the Stanton Williams designed Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge was voted the ‘best Stirling Prize winner ever’.

Of 18 previous winners, the Sainsbury Laboratory garnered 21% of the votes. Luke Hughes was proud to have designed the furniture for the institute and worked closely with the building’s architectural team.

Discover the project here.








Luke Hughes at Trinity Hall

Luke Hughes at Trinity Hall

September 2014

This month we paid a visit to Trinity Hall at Cambridge University to photograph the new Folio chairs and refurbished tables for their historic dining room.

The brief from the college sought to increase dining capacity by 30% and enable the catering staff to clear the hall quickly and safely whilst retaining the intimate nature of the hall. This is the first major renovation of the hall in 100 years and has been designed to see the college through for another century or so.

Here the process of how the tables are set-down is illustrated to show the simplicity and practicality of the design.

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Stacking Pews at Sheffield Cathedral

Stacking Pews at Sheffield Cathedral

August 2014

New to our projects page is our work with the historic Sheffield Cathedral. As part of their Centenary celebrations, Luke Hughes were commissioned to design and craft stacking pews and accompanying storage dollies, with capacity for over 500 congregants. The stacking pew design, pioneered by Luke Hughes in 1995, will allow two people to clear the nave of Sheffield Cathedral in under twenty minutes, allowing the space to be used for a host of ecclesiastical and civic purposes.

Update: Our stacking pews for Sheffield Cathedral has been featured in the January 2015 edition of Church Building and Heritage Review magazine. Read more here.

Explore our stacking pews here.

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Join us for a ‘Summer in the Workshop’

Join us for a ‘Summer in the Workshop’

July 2014

This month we launch a new series exclusive to our Facebook page.

The new photographic series Summer in the Workshop tells the story of the craftsmanship, tools and techniques used throughout the Luke Hughes design process.

‘Like’ us on our Facebook page and enjoy a summer in the workshop.








Luke Hughes for The Guards’ Chapel

Luke Hughes for The Guards’ Chapel

June 2014

Today we installed our solar-powered noticeboard for The Guards’ Chapel at Wellington Barracks, the only remaining military chapel in London. The three-door design made in powder-coated steel features toughened glass windows and a weather seal.

Explore more of our noticeboards here.








A truly multi-purpose library at Highgate School

A truly multi-purpose library at Highgate School

June 2014

In collaboration with Clague Architects, Luke Hughes have recently finished work on the prestigious Highgate School in North London.

The project entailed reordering the vaulted Victorian space to create a multi-purpose space that could be used for a variety of functions. Utilising our expertise built over decades of working in esteemed library settings, Luke Hughes crafted furniture that enabled the quick transformation of the room from library to assembly hall to community area for students and visitors alike.

We recently returned to the school to photograph the finished project and created this short animation that shows how the room can be re-imagined in moments through Luke Hughes‘s time-tested furniture solutions.

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Luke Hughes for the Tower of London

Luke Hughes for the Tower of London

June 2014

The Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London is richly textured with the names of the great, the good and the infamous throughout British history. The existing building was rebuilt by Sir Richard Cholmondeley, Lieutenant of the Tower of London, for Henry VIII between 1519 and 1520. Great historical figures such as Anne Boleyn, Jane Grey, Catherine Howard and St Thomas More are to this day interred within the church making it one of the capital’s great examples of historical architecture.

Luke Hughes have been commissioned to design and craft new furnishings as part of a reordering for the church overseen by Carden and Godfrey Architects. The focal feature will be the reordered Chancel with the tombs of some of the most significant Monarchs in British history being made more visible to visitors. A new collection of congregational chairs crafted from solid English oak with a clear lacquer finish by Luke Hughes will furnish the nave. In addition, choir chairs and stools have all been custom designed to complement their historically unique surroundings. The project is due to be completed by the end of August.

For almost 20 years Luke Hughes have been making bespoke ecclesiastical furniture for clients across the world from congregational and clergy seating to alters, sacristies and choir stands. In adherence to the company’s ethos of crafting furniture that works with its architectural surroundings, each project is approached on an individual basis, the nuances and design of the building and the vision of its architects are key to achieving a flawless relationship between architecture and its furniture.








Follow Luke Hughes on Instagram

Follow Luke Hughes on Instagram

May 2014

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Official Opening of Highgate School Library

Official Opening of Highgate School Library

May 2014

This month saw the official opening of one of Luke Hughes’s most creatively and socially fulfilling projects to date; a new library at Highgate School.

Founded in 1565 by Sir Roger Cholmeley, the prestigious Highgate School was established under Royal Charter granted by Elizabeth I with instruction to create a school ‘for good education and instruction’. This is an ideal that has remained the focus of the school as it heads into its 450th year in 2015.

Opened by former Primer Minister Gordon Brown in honour of Sir Martin Gilbert, esteemed British historian and alum of Highgate School, the library is an adaptation of an existing, Grade II listed red brick building designed by Fredrick Pepys Cockerell between 1865-1866. What was once a compartmentalised learning space and library service has become a multi-purpose, educational epi-centre for the school with a wide, sweeping mezzanine and light, open gallery space furnished by Luke Hughes.

In collaboration with Clague Architects and Precision Lighting, the vaulted, Victorian structure is now a re-imagined environment that responds to the needs of a modern education. Seamlessly lined with computer terminals and furnished with rows of fold-away tables, the room is quickly transformed to suit any use. Quickly converted from library space to assembly hall, Highgate School Library is now a contemporary hub for its students with both group learning and independent study considered in both conception and realisation.

The new library at Highgate School is the latest example of Luke Hughes delivering a highly efficient, effective resource for students, providing the very best in education and academic design. For almost 25 years we have bridged the gap between contemporary demands and the integrity of historical architecture.

Discover more of our library designs here.









Leicester Cathedral’s Richard III plans approved

Leicester Cathedral’s Richard III plans approved

April 2014

It was announced today that plans to refit Leicester Cathedral, including a new tomb for the remains of Richard III and bespoke furniture for both the nave and chapel created by Luke Hughes, have been approved by the Church of England’s planning panel. The refit is in collaboration with van Heyningen and Haward architects..

A judicial review is currently underway over approving the re-internment of Richard II’s remains, we’ll keep you updated on the projects progress. Until then, read more about the Cathedral’s Richard III project here.








Luke Hughes in Timber Malaysia

Luke Hughes in Timber Malaysia

March 2014

In a recent volume of Timber Malaysia, Luke Hughes, founder of Luke Hughes, speaks of the responsibility designers owe to the environment in ‘For the Love of Wood: One Man’s Uncompromising Commitment to Sustainability’.

‘Creating sustainable design is not just a process; it’s a way of life which should be embedded in people’s psyche. It isn’t just a matter of ticking the right boxes. For me, the choice of materials plays a huge role, especially in terms of the resources required to convert something into usable material’. says Luke.

The article details principles Luke upholds during the creative process as well as lays out his perspective on sustainable design.

‘The longer a building and its furniture stay relevant, the longer the carbon stays locked up. The longer it stays locked up, the less contribution to CO2 emissions. We design for long life, 30-50 years minimum. Long life equates with locked-up carbon; it’s as simple as that. We owe it to the planet’, continues Luke.

Read more about our projects here.








Sheffield Cathedral ‘Centenary Project’

Sheffield Cathedral ‘Centenary Project’

February 2014

Sheffield Cathedral are well on track to complete their ‘Centenary Project’ which includes new under-floor heating, paving and stacking pews by Luke Hughes.

The cathedral was dedicated in 1914 as one of a clutch of new cathedrals, like Coventry and Leicester, which were upgraded from their earlier role as prominent medieval city churches, albeit enlarged and enhanced. Diocesan administration, which had hardly altered between sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, was also heavily overhauled during the 19th century and diocesan boundaries shifted: Gloucester and Bristol were combined, Essex was transferred to Rochester, new dioceses were created (Ripon 1836, Manchester 1848, St Albans and Truro 1877, Liverpool 1880, Newcastle 1882, Southwell 1884, Wakefield in 1888). New cathedrals were dedicated at Southwark, Bradford, Newcastle, St Edmundsbury, Derby, Truro and Leicester - to name a few.

Inner city cathedrals have particular needs, quite different from those in major county towns (like Salisbury, Winchester, Lincoln or Exeter) and flexible interiors are but one of those requirements. The concept of stacking pews, pioneered by Luke Hughes in 1995, was chosen for the new seating, adapted to complement the new lighting and interior scheme.

The project will be complete before Easter 2014 and is supervised by the cathedral architect, Clive England, of Thomas Ford and Partners.

Luke Hughes have now completed work in nearly 100 parish churches and at 18 cathedrals.

For more information:

http://www.sheffieldcathedral.org/gateway-project/gateway-project-home.php
http://www.thomasford.co.uk
http://www.lukehughes.co.uk/index.php/support/screenbook/stacking_pews/








Luke Hughes in ‘London Hidden Interiors’

Luke Hughes in ‘London Hidden Interiors’

January 2014

From Whitehall to Whitechapel, the capital’s history is built upon the design styles of each passing generation. ‘London Hidden Interiors’ by Philip Davies, historian and expert in heritage conservation, presents 180 of the finest examples of London’s often unseen yet historically significant interiors. As a collection they represent the diversity and creative breadth of the city’s design heritage.

Luke Hughes are honoured to have numerous examples of their work included, such as commissions from the United Kingdom Supreme Court in Parliament Square for whom we designed their library and the dining room at the Beefsteak Club in Irving Street.

Published by Atlantic Publishing and featuring the acclaimed photography of Derek Kendall, this informative and thoughtful volume is available now.







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