About


1“I studied as a sculptor therefore form and texture are primary. Design must be pure and have great qualities which achieve timelessness. I want my furniture to survive and be appreciated for a long time, like the antiques I also sell. I love research and academic discoveries which tell you more about a piece, but the mood created by the design, scale, colour or condition is what really inspires me.” Christopher Howe 2004

Christopher Howe offers an unusually varied stock - since the age of twenty Christopher has acquired an extraordinary range of rare furniture and objects dating from the 17th through to the 20th centuries. Most of this stock is now available to view online or can be seen in his large shop located on the prestigious Pimlico Road in London.

Howe’s brilliant eye for good design reflects strongly in the stock – items ranging from 17th and 18th century English country house furniture through to the Arts and Crafts of the late 19th century and the innovation of the 20th century. Christopher has had many interesting followers and prestigious clients over the years such as Lucien Freud who bought esoterically shabby chairs to use in his portraits, for example the 19th century Holland & Son’s easy chair in the famous painting of Leigh Bowery (Seated) 1990; the late Hon. Simon Sainsbury, the Rothschilds, icons of the music and film worlds, institutions such as Sir John Soane’s Museum, The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, The Royal Pavilion in Brighton and leading fashion stores including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Hackett and Gieves & Hawkes.

A large single-owner sale “Christopher Howe – The First Twenty Years” was held at Christie’s South Kensington on 24th March 2004 and presented buyers with a rare opportunity to buy furniture and objects from Christopher’s personal collection.

Post-sale took the business a big step further, retaining the Bourne Street shop for naturally tanned and dyed leather and a small unique range of fabrics, and turning the main shop on the Pimlico Road into a gallery and exhibition space for showing special collections and work by contemporary artists, craftsmen and designers whom Christopher admires, together with pieces of his own design. Stock can also be viewed by appointment at a vast warehouse in the English countryside.

Christopher’s career has been a fascinating one; in 1986, having just left Goldsmith’s College of Art, he took on a derelict shop in a small street in Belgravia. It opened with a small loan and stock found in markets and borrowed from friends, relying only on candles for lighting. A year on, after some building work the shop re-opened with a window displaying a Gae Aulenti lamp and a pair of Pierre Paulin white vinyl Tulip Chairs, an innovative style which has remained the essence of Christopher’s approach to antique dealing ever since.

In 1995 the business moved to a much larger premises on the Pimlico Road where it remains today running alongside HOWE®, Christopher’s range of bespoke furniture and lighting traditionally handmade in England. Each piece of furniture is expertly carved and polished using traditional methods of cabinet making. Equal attention is given to the upholstery, ensuring the highest quality results. The chairs, stools and sofas are traditionally upholstered with hand stitched horsehair and down-filling. By making products to order rather than stocking them in a warehouse, HOWE® is able offer its customers a service which allows them to specify every detail so that the end result is perfect and often unique.

HOWE® also offers an exceptional range of lighting. The lanterns are individually handmade and painted in England and can be made for interior or exterior use, either with a candle fitting or for electricity. There is also a classic collection of table lamps, hurricane lamps and candlesticks in oak, ebony, silver plate, brass and bronze finishes. All our lights can be electrified to UK, European or US standards.

For commercial projects, there is a growing range of manufactured contract furniture, which includes chairs, sofas and an unusual range of manufactured marine and industrial lighting.

Ever changing, exemplary pieces of furniture and lighting are available to view and to buy off the floor at the HOWE showroom on Pimlico road or in our LA Showroom at Woven Accents. HOWE® furniture and lighting is available to order and lead-time for the bespoke furniture is approximately 12 weeks from receipt of a 50% deposit. Lead-time is between 2 and 8 weeks for the manufactured range if not available from stock.

If you have an enquiry about the HOWE® furniture and lighting range please send an email to design@howelondon.com or telephone +44 20 7730 7987