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Event partner Leighton House Museum at London Design Festival

19-Sep-2016

Leighton House Museum, former spectacular home of Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton, has been working with furniture designer Luke Hughes on a new commission to be unveiled during the London Design Festival.

Leighton, together with George Aitchison, architect of his studio house, designed a suite of furniture for the interiors including a vast sideboard for the dining room. Together with the rest of the contents of the house, these pieces were sold at auction immediately after Leighton’s death.  Despite several attempts to trace them, none of these pieces have been seen since. Ebonised and with inlaid decoration that related to motifs found elsewhere in the house, these pieces of furniture were designed for specific locations and were part of Leighton’s original conception of the house.  

In order to reinstate this connection between the design of the interiors and their furnishings, a precise replica of the sideboard has been made using the surviving photographs and drawings of the original piece. Inlaid with lapis lazuli sourced from Afghanistan, the reinstallation of the piece marks a major advance in the recreation of the interiors as Leighton intended them.

Made possible thanks to The Friends of Leighton House and The Finnis Scott Foundation

Limited places; register to attend: http://bit.ly/2c0faS3 and see more here: http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/victorian-design-commission-21st-century

Luke Hughes® was founded in 1981 in London's Covent Garden. It is a specialist consultancy in furniture design. The studio team has worked with over 20 major cathedrals, more than 100 parish churches and numerous universities, institutions and architects of note. The company has become known for its focus on Furniture in Architecture™

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