To mark the launch of our debut upholstery collections, we thought we’d share some insight into the process of bringing our designs to life. For us, it was important that our first foray into furniture design encapsulated the elegant and timeless style that have become the Hudson Home signature.
We are fortunate enough to have a furniture designer within our family so Anne, Claire's sister designed the range for us. Anne has many years of experience in the industry, so coupled with Claire's clear vision of the designs she wanted the first range was born.
We then took these deigns to Stuart, an incredible upholsterer based in the home of furniture-making, Long Eaton in Nottinghamshire. Stuart is an absolute whizz and what he doesn’t know about the upholstery process is not worth knowing. We knew that his work centered on bespoke designs with timeless elegance, making him the perfect fit to work with on our new collection.
We paid a visit to his Long Eaton showroom to take some snaps and ask him a few questions. Read on to find out more about Stuart's business and the process of bringing our vision to life.
Tell us a bit about your business? How did it start?
The business was started by my father in 1986 and it wasn’t long before I was training as an upholsterer to join him. I did a City and Guilds Apprenticeship at Wade Upholstery and joined the family business in 1990.
Tell us a bit about your work?
We offer a bespoke service designing and manufacturing furniture to the very highest specification. Each piece of furniture is hand crafted with most of our frames constructed from sustainable hardwoods, using traditionally glued screwed and dowelled methods for longevity. All fabrics are hand cut and pattern matched by our highly skilled cutter, along with matched piping, depending on fabric and design.
What has been your favourite or most challenging piece of furniture you’ve upholstered? What is your most memorable project?
We’re incredibly lucky with the breadth of work we do and the projects we collaborate on, but one of the most challenging was definitely bespoke manufacturing and delivering two 4.5 metre curved sofas for Michael Eavis (Glastonbury legend). They needed a five man delivery team!
What has the Covid pandemic period been like for you as a business?
It was undeniably a scary time for us and we had to shut the business down for 13 weeks over the initial lockdown. However, since we reopened, able to follow all COVID compliance protocols, in April 2020, it has been the busiest period the company has ever experienced.
How have you enjoyed working with Hudson Home? What has the design/make process been like?
Yes, absolutely! It’s always great to meet new business owners like Claire and Nic. We love to work with creative minds to bring to life new ranges, from drawing right through to the end products. From the start, Claire had a very clear vision of the end product, down to the design, fabric choice and comfort and it was our job to make that vision a reality.
When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love road cycling, mountain biking, dog walking. Generally spending time with my family. Oh and drinking Red wine!
Stuart has been an absolute superstar for this new launch (and we’re already looking forward to putting our creative heads together again soon on some more designs….)
Take a look at our full upholstery collection below (and feel free to leave a comment to share your thoughts on this behind the scenes look at our upholstery journey.)