BOOK LAUNCH: Furniture in Architecture: the work of Luke Hughes

Wednesday 16 September 2020


A talk attended both online and in the barn gallery for the launch of ‘Furniture in Architecture: the Work of Luke Hughes’ with author and designer Luke Hughes in conversation with the author Aidan Walker.

As part of our series of architectural exhibitions and events ‘Living Within’ we joined author Aidan Walker and furniture maker Luke Hughes to discuss his life’s work and the new book that chronicles the journey. Considering questions such as what turns a building from a functional construction into a coherent environment? How does a building serve its purpose with elegance and efficiency? The unsung hero is often the under-appreciated solution – the invisible element in plain sight is the furniture.

‘Furniture in Architecture: the Work of Luke Hughes’ is the first survey of the work of Luke Hughes & Company, which has been described as embodying ‘a craft-led renaissance in British manufacturing’ exploring the relationship between space, function, design, craft and the ‘sense of place’.

Luke Hughes & Company’s furniture is an eloquent response both to the architecture it inhabits and to the true Arts and Crafts spirit and furnishes many of the world’s most distinguished buildings, from Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and most of the Oxford and Cambridge University colleges to the Keystone Academy in Beijing and one of New York City’s most vibrant synagogues.

Author Aidan Walker is an experienced cabinetmaker, editor of The Encyclopedia of Wood and former editorial director of most the the UK’s professional design journals.

Tanya Harrod, who wrote the foreword to the book, is one of the most highly regarded craft historians working today.

‘Furniture in Architecture: the Work of Luke Hughes’ is published by Thames & Hudson.

Online attendees will receive a Zoom link before the start of the event.

Photo: Tim Imrie

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