The History of Hugo

Our Hugo Dining Chair is a touchstone of the William Gray collection. Informed by some of our favorite vintage designs and a love of bespoke details, Hugo was developed to work within a range of settings, stand up to everyday use, and look handsome from every angle. Prototypes ranged from campaign-style versions to fully upholstered designs. Our belief in intelligent subtraction has resulted in a timeless suite of dining chairs and stools to build a room around. Hugo is adventurous in spirit, with the familiarity of a favorite travel bag.

Above, left: The Hugo Dining Chair in dark brown oak and burgundy leather; Above, right: Another Hugo Dining Chair, in onyx oak and our favorite "butter" leather.

Above, left: A detail of the Hugo Arm Chair, upholstered in black leather; Above right: Our Hugo Bar Stool, illustrated

Above: A collage of Hugo influences - A detail of a Mid-Century Danish ice bucket layered on top of a 1950s Poul Hundevad Campaign chair; an Erik Ole Jørgensen and Folke Pålsson Mahogany and Paper Cord Armchair for K. Thomsen (1940s), beside a Hermès Colorado handbag; a Kaare Klint Safari chair from the 1930s.

Above, left: An upholstered bar stool designed by Meyer Davis for a steak house restaurant with Hugo-like details; Above, right: an 18th Century folding bedstead, layered atop our earliest Hugo-style chair (designed for King & Duke in Atlanta, Georgia by Meyer Davis).

Throughout the years, our studio has designed many pieces inspired by Campaign furnishings; however, as our Hugo pieces developed, we realized that our dining collection didn't need to fold up and travel with us, but instead be able to live anywhere, and provide simple comfort no matter the setting. We love the tailored, more modern elements to this collection, like the slim, shaped legs and the back strap hardware.

Above, left: A detail of our "butter" Hugo with an onyx oak frame; Above, right: A 1930s folding chair designed by Clara Porset, collaged above an outdoor version of Hugo, designed for the bar at Rosewood Little Dix Bay.

Above: Hugo installed at Harrod's Brasserie, recently opened within the iconic department store in London; designed by Meyer Davis.