LUKE Hughes and Company has just been commissioned to create 24 warders’ chairs for the British Museum. Luke Hughes has worked with the British Museum on a number of previous projects over the past quarter of a century. The fact that they keep on commissioning projects for Luke Hughes is a testament to the quality of the work.
The warders’ chairs are unique in that they have been designed to enhance the galleries whilst addressing a number of practical issues. They are made from European oak to fit seamlessly in the iconic rooms of the museum. They include a lifting seat for the warders to place their jackets, water bottles and all the other clutter they carry with them.
Another feature of the warders’ chairs is that the foot rail has been inlaid with brass over the oak in order to protect the wood and increase the life of the chairs.
Margaret Hall, Head of Design, commented in 2000, on previous work that Luke Hughes and Company had carried out for the British Museum:
“We would like to express our thanks to Luke Hughes and Company … for doing such an excellent job. The benches look splendid.”
Luke Hughes and Company’s fine pieces can be seen in public spaces all over the UK. They have worked in many notable buildings, such as the cathedrals of St Paul’s, Exeter and Winchester, Westminster Abbey and the UK Supreme High Court.
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Notes to editors:
- Luke Hughes and Company has been based in Covent Garden, London since 1981, longer than Thomas Chippendale in the 18th century.
- Luke Hughes was one of the first furniture design consultants and makers to embrace sustainable values and practices, with core values of understanding space, reflecting the building’s architecture and creating furniture that lasts.
- Over the last 25 years Luke Hughes and Company has designed furniture for more than 50 Oxbridge colleges, 20 institutional libraries, 20 major public schools, 17 cathedrals, 81 churches, seven national museums, six royal palaces, 900 corporate boardrooms and 42 luxury spas.
- Luke Hughes and Company also designs bespoke spa, corporate and institutional furniture for clients across the world including the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Unilever and The Royal Bank of Scotland.