Local Interior Designer Duncan Hughes Launched a Furniture Line

The collection is exclusively available through Dowel Furniture.

Interior designer Duncan Hughes relaxes in a “Grant” lounge chair. Photograph by Matt Tetrault

Duncan Hughes has always been interested in the history of furniture. And now—with the launch of his own line of handcrafted chairs, stools, benches, and more—the Boston-based interior designer will get his chance to add to the record books. Customizable with multiple finish and upholstery options, Hughes’s 9-piece collection was produced in collaboration with Dowel Furniture, a family-owned online retailer and the exclusive distributor of the new line.

“My main inspirations were to take the lean and clean lines of mid-century [design], and combine them with the warm rich qualities of the Art Deco period,” the interior designer says. “Besides good looks, comfort and quality are incredibly important to me. Dowel shares this passion, and together we have created comfortable, beautiful pieces that I am proud to put my name on.”

Ahead, Hughes weighs in on five pieces from the new line.

Photograph by Matt Tetrault.

“Hayworth” beechwood bench, starting at $1,300.

“I see this piece as being reminiscent of the glamorous Hollywood of a bygone era, simplified for modern living.” 

Photograph by Matt Tetrault

“Danvers” beechwood snack table with brass finial, starting at $450.

“A supporting actor that somehow steals the show.”

Photograph by Matt Tetrault

“Hudson” beechwood bar cart with brass accents, starting at $1,400.

“Every piece in this collection is designed to be enjoyed with a cocktail in hand, so designing a bar cart that would facilitate this ideal was a necessity.”

Photograph by Matt Tetrault

“Vaughn” beechwood dining chair, starting at $950.

“I was driven to create a dining chair with the comfort of my favorite living room chair, yet ergonomically correct and able to take center stage in any room.”

Photograph by Matt Tetrault

“Getz” beechwood side table with glass top, starting at $730.

In my work as an interior designer, I am often in need of a table that is large enough for today’s way of living, but without the bulk and heaviness of so many tables on the market.”