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 this September as part of the programme of 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 his 'private palace of art'.
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.
Luke Hughes® is furniture designer to some of Britain’s best-loved buildings and some of the world’s most powerful brands. The company, formed out of Luke’s original craft workshop, now specialises in designing furniture for the prestige areas of public and private buildings in the UK and internationally.
Talks hosted by Luke Hughes and Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator at Leighton House Museum
Talk + Q&A will last for about 45min - 1h