“We are preoccupied, I would say obsessed with the way things are made. We don’t make anything in the 18th Century style unless it is made in the 18th Century way. We do embrace modern techniques when required for commercial projects but we will always make things in the best possible way.” Christopher Howe
Inspired by the quality and resulting endurance of the antiques that pass through HOWE, we work with individual craftsmen to uphold traditional methods developed throughout the 17th, 18th & 19th Centuries, using increasingly rare skills.
We use only the best, natural materials: solid, responsibly sourced wood; individual steel coil springs; horsehair, pure down fill with a little feather for weight.
Hand carved, hand nailed, hand polished, hand webbed, hand sprung, hand stitched, hand finished… to be handed down for generations.
We invest a huge amount of our time to protect, champion and develop the skills and crafts that have shaped our country’s rich history.
We offer a range of styles in our upholstery techniques and work closely with our clients to meet individual briefs. De-constructed upholstery, Howe’s signature style developed in the early years (now widely but not very well copied), exhibits the quality of our workmanship by exposing the traditional methods of construction that are usually concealed.
As well as our available showcase pieces we do make our designs to order. Howe is able offer clients a bespoke service which allows them to specify every detail so that the end result is perfect and often unique.
Within the ‘Made by Howe’ range there are a some particularly exceptional pieces that are designs that Christopher has developed from the very early years of the business that are both exquisitely crafted and rare. These pieces are individually handmade by our highly skilled individual craftsman in unique workshops, some of whom we have worked with for almost thirty years. These limited edition pieces do take longer to create but are always worth the wait.