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History

In 1997, together with Christopher Hodsoll, Lulu Lytle founded Soane. Their idea was – as it is today – to make well–designed furniture, which had the quality and longevity of the best antiques. From the basement of Christopher’s shop on the Pimlico Road Soane Britain launched with a well-considered collection of furniture and lighting designs that were made in Britain to the highest standards of craftsmanship. The Soane principles of elegant proportions, bespoke materials and the integrity of the manufacturing process were established from the outset.

Four years later, Soane moved across the Pimlico Road to new premises and in 2008 expanded into the next-door space to create the flagship that is now Soane Britain. The collection has grown considerably while still retaining its quality and principles of British hand-crafted production. Lulu is a passionate advocate of British local craftsmanship and manufacturing. “Once a particular craft has gone, it will never come back. It needs protecting the same way the rhino does.” She is particularly proud that Soane was winner of the Walpole Award for Luxury Craftsmanship in 2010.

Soane’s uncompromising commitment to British manufacturing led to the acquisition in 2011 of England’s last surviving rattan weaving workshop. Proud to have secured the future of British-made rattan, Soane has also established a rattan apprenticeship programme. In 2017, Soane also took ownership of one of a very few workshops still making chairs exclusively by hand and continuing the traditions of eighteenth century master chair makers.

Today Soane Britain collaborates with around 30 workshops in the making of over 300 designs that include furniture, lighting, fabrics, wallpapers and other interior related products. Soane has showrooms in London, New York and San Francisco.