Learn about S. Hille & Co

The S. Hille & Co. furniture company was founded in the East End of London in1906 by Salamon Hille. The company manufactured quality reproduction Sheraton and Chippendale furniture, with the emphasis on quality rather than volume. In 1932, Salamon Hille retired and his daughter Ray Hille took over the company. During and after World War II, timber was not available for manufacure of new furniture, unless for export, so the company concnetrated on repairing and restoring furniture with second-hand materials, and building up an export market, using new timber. In 1949, Ray Hille, a formidable matriarch, with her daughter Rosamind and son-in-law Leslie Julius, began the collaboration with Robin Day which continued successfully for more than 20 years. In addition to designing nearly all of Hille’s products Robin Day also took over the graphic design for Hille, including letterheads, forms, vehicle livery, and the Hille logo which with a few variations has been used for 60 years. He was also responsible for graphics, brochures, showroom designs and exhibition stands.
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

Robin Day, mahogany and cherry sideboard, English c. 1948, glazed superstructure, slatted shelf beneath, glass topped base with four drawers, two sliding doors enclosing shelves, manufactured by Hille of London. Height 126.5 cm. Depth 43 cm. Width 182 cm.

Robin Day, mahogany and cherry serving table, English c. 1940, glazed superstructure, slatted shelf beneath, manufactured by Hille of London. Height 86 cm. Depth 46 cm. Width 142.5 cm

Robin Day for Hille international, set of four chairs, each with injection moulded polypropylene seat with bent tubular steel frame

Robin Day for Hille international, set of four chairs, each with injection moulded polypropylene seat with bent tubular steel frames

Robin Day. Hillestak chairs, for S Hille & Co, UK 1950. A rare set of four side chairs with beech stacking A frames and molded plywood seat and backs. Original stamped numbers to the base. Provenance: Purchased in Manhattan, New York City 2001

Robin day, set of four dining chairs, designed 1951, manufactured by Hille England, enamelled metal frame supporting a padded seat and laminated wood back rest

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