2018 in review


Posted by Luke Hughes - 17 December, 2018


We're pleased to say 2018 was a highly successful year for Luke Hughes, as we continued to grow the team in our Savoy Court studio and strengthen our global presence.

We had the opportunity to work on a number of key projects in the UK and further afield. Read on for our top project picks ... 

January - Ely Cathedral 

The Luke Hughes team was commissioned to design a new altar and a range of choir and clergy furniture for the architecturally outstanding Ely Cathedral.

The project has been another perfect expression of one of the main tenets of the Luke Hughes design philosophy, that in any quality building the connection between the architecture and the furniture should be seamless. Learn more.



February - Sterling Memorial Library, Yale

This year, Yale University Library's Manuscripts and Archives Department officially reopened in the Sterling Memorial Library following extensive renovation and adaptation

We worked in close collaboration with New Haven architects Apicella + Bunton to design custom furniture that blends seamlessly with the Gothic Revival architecture.



June - 300 years of Chippendale

On 7 June, we opened a new exhibition 'Matching Patron and Maker' with the Master Carvers' Association. Featuring seven new music stands masterfully designed and made by members, the exhibition celebrated 300 years of Thomas Chippendale, Britain’s foremost furniture designer and maker.



July - St Machar's Cathedral

This year, St Machar's Cathedral in Aberdeen, Scotland undertook a major refurbishment project. The Luke Hughes team designed and installed a range of new furniture, including a set of Charterhouse benches and bespoke choir frontals in solid European oak.



October - Concert at Merton College Chapel

To round off the year, we hosted 'Concert by Candlelight' at Oxford’s Merton College Chapel, a special event that celebrated the installation of the new Luke Hughes choir stall lights.

Guests enjoyed a mesmerising a capella recital from The Gesualdo Six, a 'vocal consort comprised of some of the UK’s finest young consort singers, directed by Owain Park'.



For all the details on our recent project at Merton College Chapel, including how we design and manufacture choir stall lighting, download our latest eBook:

Merton College Chapel eBook download

Enjoy the article? Delve deeper into Luke Hughes & Company’s place in the Arts and Crafts tradition with the fascinating new book 'Furniture in Architecture' . Available through Thames & Hudson

Topics: furniture design, materials, custom furniture, furniture, bespoke furniture, choir light, lighting, music stand, music desk, choir, music

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