Emma Finch on her favorite lamps, Gio Ponti and the future of brilliant British company Hector Finch
Emma and Hector Finch, owners of the British heritage lighting brand Hector Finch, will be at the James Showroom in Dallas (March 1-3) to “talk about all things Hector Finch,” she says, in celebration of Hector Finch’s 25th birthday. Hector Finch, who provides lighting for London and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s country homes, among other historic homes, is revered in England and abroad for his fine interpretation of traditional design and craftsmanship. which includes metalwork by British craftsmen, Italian and long-standing glassware. relationships with family businesses.
Emma’s husband, Hector, started the business in Lancashire, England, selling vintage and antique stock he bought from private homes, auctions and dealers. Hector and his father, an antique dealer, traveled across the north of England in search of exquisite antique chandeliers, lanterns and lamps, which Hector had rewired and restored by metal craftsmen, finishers and blowers of glass. The quality of his lighting quickly attracted a large audience of interior designers, and he eventually added vintage lighting from Spain to the mix, along with modern manufactured fixtures and Moroccan lanterns.
Emma joined the company in the early 2000s, creating a collection of lighting mainly for the design trade. Many of these original creations are still available, and the current collection includes Italian ceramic pendants and lamps, classic hanging lanterns, Art Deco-inspired chandeliers, natural stingray and cowrie table lamps, and crystal glass. Murano. The company’s head office, warehouse and workshop are now located at Easter’s Court, just outside the market town of Leominster, Herefordshire. They also have a showroom in Fulham near Chelsea Harbor and are present in showrooms around the world.
As well as custom commissions for architects and interior designers around the world, their impressive CV includes renovating the wedding halls of the Westminster Register Office and the Great Hall at Trinity College Dublin, as well as the lighting of the Connaught, Claridge’s and Brown’s hotels in London; The Four Seasons Hawaii; Gleneagles; The Pig Hotels; Endsleigh and Tresanton Hotels; and numerous Soho House projects. They are currently working on two major London hotel projects due to launch in 2022.
Emma and Hector Finch will be at the James showroom in Dallas on Thursday, March 3. Hector Finch, at Commerce at James, Dallas Design Center, 1025 N. Stemmons Freeway, jamesshowroom.com.
Find the Hector Finch Lighting Collection in Houston at the James Showroom, Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway, jamesshowroom.com
Emma Finch: Favorite lamps, Gio Ponti and What’s Next at Hector Finch
Our Starback wall lights have been used in the residence of American Ambassadors in London, and they loved them so much that they requested that they be rewired for America upon their return from their engagement in London. Starback is timeless, elegant and exemplifies everything about our brand in terms of quality and line. The square section arms are extremely difficult to make and are made by one of the UK’s most skilled metalworkers from a solid piece of brass. We have designers specifying them again and again for all of these reasons.
Since the introduction of the Murano colored glass range, Paola suspensions and sconces, we have highlighted the unique and jewel-like quality of this glass both in decorative objects and in lighting. I love the simplicity of the design and the fact that glass sings its own melody in an interior, introducing a contrasting color or tone. It is so important to support the incredible glass artisans of northern Italy, especially Murano, to keep these age-old foundries in business so that these skills are not lost forever.
less is more.
When Hector sat down to design the Zeus Lantern he applied very strict criteria following our less is more design philosophy. Listening to a client’s requirements, he knew the design needed to be clean in detail, proportionately correct, and made of durable materials at an affordable price. The most popular of these is zinc, a roofing material, which is laser cut and acid tempered to a soft, gray, lightly powdered finish that is very stable and durable.
Almost all of our faucets are designed by Hector Finch, and the one we’re most excited about right now is our new bathroom faucet, the Zeppelin, a revolutionary design for bathrooms using a single piece of split borosilicate glass on a back plate. Brass. Borosilicate glass is much lighter than conventional glass because it does not contain lead. It was originally developed for laboratory use due to its versatility and heat resistance.
Our COVID silver lining was an opportunity to move our headquarters to a building that once housed fine art and antique auctioneers, which closed during the pandemic. We were able to convert the sales room into a modern, warm and spacious warehouse and transformed the old furniture store into a dedicated production workshop with an expanded engineering department and a range of wiring benches. This facility, along with beautiful offices, has transformed our working environment, in addition to making us much more efficient and able to produce more custom fittings than before. We added three new North American showrooms in 2020 and have a dedicated Hector Finch space in Harbinger LA and a significantly expanded display in Chicago and Dallas. I’m also in talks about opening a new showroom in Nashville.
The clean, streamlined aesthetic associated with Scandinavian design has been hugely influential, but we also love the 1950s and, of course, Gio Ponti. His genius lies in the simplification of the line and the enhancement of the form with small, sometimes unexpected details. With Eileen Gray and Fornasetti, these are the designers who ushered us into the era of modern design. That said, I love Arts and Crafts, from William Morris in England to Josef Hoffman and Adolf Loos in Vienna, and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. We travel a lot these days and always try to fit in a visit to the decorative arts museum in the city where we are staying. During a trip to Prague in January, we saw an extraordinary exhibition of modern art glass made from Czech glass. artists, and an intriguing exhibit showing the connection between Japan’s indigo-making tradition and that of the Czech Republic. All of this reminds us of the importance of creativity and the perpetuation of traditional forms of manufacturing.
I’m launching a line of carefully selected furniture and glassware for home use, working on a fragrance with a Florentine friend and hoping to have a beautiful diffuser to share within the next six months or so.