About us

We are a team of specialists who design, engineer and deliver custom furniture for notable buildings in places of learning, worship, culture, business & leisure.

Founded as an Arts & Crafts furniture maker in 1981 in London’s Covent Garden, we have evolved into the foremost furniture design and engineering practice delivering complete projects and standard lines that match the architectural style of iconic buildings in the USA, UK Europe, Middle East and China.

Working directly with blue - chip clients and leading design architects, we apply our knowledge of architecture, our expertise in designing for  batch production, our international network of outsourced manufacturing partners, and our understanding of the operational needs of those who will occupy the spaces we furnish to value engineer pieces intended to last multiple generations.

Timeless design, flexibility and versatility are the central themes of our work, ensuring that spaces remain flexible and easily adapted for re - use and reconfiguration for decades to come and sustainability is integral to our approach.

Our clients share an understanding of the difference between price and value. They invest for the long term, which ultimately carries a lower cost and a higher return.

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2019 - Form wholly foreign-owned China subsidiary


2018 - Win 76 Trinity Place. US grows to 25% of our business


2017 - Keystone Academy, Beijing marks our first China project


2015 - Major US installs in New York, Yale, Valparaiso and San Francisco


2014 - Major projects at Yale and Yale NUS Singapore


2013 - Yale School of Management with Foster+ Partners


2012 - Multiple project wins drive overseas manufacturing expansion


2011 - HM The Queen opens the Sainsbury Botanic Institute


2010 - Major expansion of client base in civic, worship and education

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2009 - UK Supreme Court opened by HM the Queen

2008 - Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds and Chichester Cathedral

2007 - Unilever becomes a client. Win UK Supreme Court

2006 - 25th anniversary. 50th Oxbridge college

2005 - Freehold purchase of the studio at 182 Drury Lane

2004 - Corporate offices for BP

2003 - Supreme Court Library, Edinburgh

2002 - Increasing use of glass, stone, resins and other materials

2001 - Millennium altar, Bristol Cathedral

2000 - First spa furniture for the Mandarin Oriental

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1999 - Relationships established with Bisley, Wilkhan and Vitra; team expands

1997 - New British Embassy, Moscow

1996 - First standard range of meeting room tables and chairs developed

1994 - Adopts 100% outsourced model

1993 - Achieves ISO 9001 certification

1992 - British Embassy, Buenos Aires. Merton College become a client

1991 - First Oxbridge commission (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge); first use of CAD

1990 - Establishment of workshop in Tisbury, Wiltshire

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1987 - First adoption of outsourced production

1986 - Designs for John Lewis Partnership, Liberty’s, Heals, and GTC.

1985 - Formation of Luke Hughes & Co Ltd

Materials expertise . . .

Designed for manufacture

Unlike a millworker or joiner, Luke Hughes design, engineer and deliver in a combination of materials. So, while the majority of our work does contain timbers, we have significant expertise in other materials.

Whether it's oiled bronze for an Ark of the Covenant, stainless steel for a research lab, bronze, glass, marble or stone for a church, we know how to design, detail, manufacture and produce with it.

With this we have developed specialist skills in the design and production of original lighting and integrate power and data, correctly specified for the destination country, into most of our pieces.

We design in

Timbers

72

Metals

44

Glass & stone

23

Lighting & electrics

38

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What our clients say . . .

I wanted to say how much I have appreciated and admired your design skills and determination to get things exactly right - it's an all too rare contemporary synthesis between architecture, space and furniture.

Alan Stanton | Stanton Williams

You'll be pleased to know that the Newnham furniture is standing up superbly to the rigours of college life and, 25 years on, still looks like new. It is a great testament to the skills and workmanship of your team.

Dame Patricia Hodgson | Principal, Newnham College, Cambridge

It looks modern but is deeply rooted in the English tradition of robust design and high craftsmanship. 

Cabinet Maker Journal

Some of our team

Luke Hughes

Founder & MD

Polly Phipps

Director

Julian Thomas

Director

Nigel Shepherd

COO

Nicholas Mather

Chairman

Josh Beach

Head of Sales Development - UK

Alison Bregstein

Head of Sales Development - US

Luke Barton

Principal Furniture Consultant

Sophie Goodall

Digital Marketing Manager

David Snell

Production Manager

Harry Street

Production Development Manager

Charlotte Smith

Account & Project Manager

Katie Spence

Lead Designer

Duncan Taylor

Lead Designer

We're hiring

Technical Furniture Designer

Emma Hayward

Furniture Designer

James Woodgate

Furniture Designer

Laura Tunstall

Furniture Designer

We're interested in

Junior Furniture Designers

Sarah Watts

Office Manager

Julie Brooker

Finance Assistant

Seb Egan

Marketing & Sales Associate

We're looking for additional team members.

With significant growth in our US, UK and China business and strong long-term deal flow, we are actively looking to recruit a number of roles in the coming months. If you'd like to join us, read our vacancies page - and if you think you're better suited to a role not currently listed send us your CV and let us know what role you'd love to have with us - you never know, we might make your dream come true.
 
 
 
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