A set of three striking Elm veneered tables made by Halstock grace The Royal Box at Ascot Racecourse. HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Devonshire commissioned the tables, for presentation to The Queen at the reopening of The Royal Box in June 2006.
“It was an honour to design and make these unique tables for HM The Queen,” says Richard Miller, Halstock’s Managing Director. “At Halstock we are all about discretion and understated excellence. Making furniture for The Royal Family is the ultimate endorsement of our work and, of course, reflects very well on the entire team at Halstock. I hope our clients feel they are in good company.”
In 2007, The Worshipful Company of Furniture makers awarded the Claxton Stevens Prize to Halstock for the tables. This prize is awarded to the piece judged to be the finest recipient of a Guild Mark in the previous year.
The complex brief given to Halstock was to create a floral display table and two side tables with wow factor, which would be a talking point amongst guests in the Royal Box. The ‘English’ style must be contemporary and bind together the old and the new. Three designs for each style of table were to be produced, for The Queen to peruse and then choose her favourite. The complex design process involved numerous methods including hand-drawn sketches, 2D design software, 3D modelling, strength assessments, and much of the fine detailing was resolved before production began. This is typical of Halstock’s approach and ensures that potential problems are addressed and eliminated at an early stage. Workshop production required hi-tec specialist equipment but more importantly, an entirely harmonised understanding between all members of the project team and an unfailing desire to create work of technical perfection and beauty.
Winning awards and working with high profile clients is an exciting part of life at Halstock, but producing fine, innovative and practicable furniture is at the heart of everyone’s ambition.
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