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Hunters Comes Home!

After weeks of preparations, Hunters Estate Agents has moved into its new Ilkley home at 4-5 Crescent Court.  To celebrate the opening, a VIP industry launch party took place on Thursday evening which gave selected guests an opportunity to take a tour of the office and view the cutting of the ribbon to mark the official opening.

Covering Ilkley, Otley, Guiseley and Menston, the new branch is a welcome newcomer to Ilkley and the up and coming lifestyle hub Crescent Court!

Owner of the new branch, my husband – Lester Hurst – said of the launch:

“We’re absolutely delighted to have opened our doors! Thanks to the hard work of my talented wife and the team at Murray Hurst Interiors and the wonderful George Smith, the interior looks fabulous and we can’t wait to start welcoming visitors. Lookout Ilkley, Hunters has arrived!”

So let’s take a closer look at the interior which I designed for this flagship office, starting with the pieces I selected for the reception area, a key feature in the design, handcrafted furniture by the international luxury brand George Smith, a proud Northern business.

The Sofa is called the ‘Somerville’ and comes buttoned or unbuttoned, can be done in any width, and be upholstered in any fabric, leather or suede.  It is quite a formal/classic Sofa with the fixed seat/back, and has a comfortable seating height, and depth which gives it a really luxurious finish. Legs can be tapered or turned, and finished in a selection of stains. The fabric on this particular one is a George Smith Velvet Mohair in Black of which there are 20 alternative colours in the range. It has an extremely high thread count which makes it ideal for deep buttoned furniture.

The Two chairs are part of George Smith’s ‘Signature range’. Of these they can offer different depths to suit all height, various arm options, fixed or loose cushion back dependent on the use. (Fixed slightly more formal, loose cushion back for everyday comfort). Again they can offer a choice on leg styles, colours and castors and in any fabric/leather etc can be specified. The ones used for this project are again covered in a George Smith Tweed Linen(cranberry), this particular fabric is one of their best sellers as the slight two tone, works well in most rooms. There are a choice of five colours.

The little Baby Soho Drums can come buttoned or unbuttoned, and are a popular choice for various rooms. They have been used in bars/lounges/bedrooms etc such is their versatility. The name came about as they have been specified throughout the Soho House hotel group. These particular ones are finished in a Neisha Crossland fabric (Zig Zag Watermelon/Silver Birch).

Any of the pieces can be adapted to clients specific requests, as George Smith have their own wood mill attached to their factory in the North East.

Some background on the company:

George Smith was most well known for cabinet making and upholstery during the first quarter of the 19 th Century and was spoken of in the same breath as contemporaries Henry Holland and Thomas Hope.

He made furniture in a wide, eclectic range of tastes, based generally on the late neo-classical style, but also including neo-gothic style work and chinoiserie. He produced several pattern books the first being “A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration.”

Every item of George Smith furniture is made using only the finest natural raw materials, with many of the styles still being based on original designs. Built by hand in our workshops, our skilled craftsmen are continuing the traditions of classic craftsmanship developed in generations gone by.

Prime, seasoned beech or birchwood is used for the custom made frames, each hand-jointed and built to exact specifications.

Heavy steel coiled springs are tied by hand into wide bands of interwoven jute webbing to provide balanced weight distribution for maximum comfort.

Boar bristle is used as the primary stuffing, enveloping and cushioning the coil springs. A cotton feather mixture is layered over the whole of each frame to provide thick padding and comfort. Finally a muslin pad is hand-sewn in place to provide a smooth and seamless base of upholstery, creating the look and feel that only traditionally made upholstery can.

Channelled seat cushions are hand stuffed with a mixture of duck down and duck feathers to attain the right degree of softness and durability.

The cutting and positioning of the final cover, be it fabric, leather or kilim, takes great skill and meticulous attention to detail. The cover is hand cut to the correct pattern and hand sewn into place on the frame.

The completed George Smith furniture will provide its owner with an unparalleled degree of comfort and beauty attainable only through the finest craftsmanship available.

It is so great to be working with a proud northern company of such exquisite quality and workmanship.  Thank you to Jonathan and Venassa for all their help along the way and I look forward to bringing future clients to your wonderful Harrogate showroom to show them examples of the stunning designs available.