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Lesley Bushell is the Founder, Head upholsterer and now Director of Hilda’s Lounge Ltd. First established part-time during the late noughties – as upholstery quickly took over Lesley’s life – and finally going full-time in 2020.
Lesley began her career in manufacturing – an exciting venture after gaining a Bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Furniture Design. She proved her muscle in a male-dominated upholstery department, taking on progressive roles around the factory and absorbing everything possible from the furniture manufacturing process.
Striving to know all that she could about the craft of upholstery, Lesley self-funded a traditional training course in Wales. She later moved to a busy workshop in Emsworth. There she undertook a wide variety of domestic, contract and marine work. Practical skills would be honed across myriad projects which challenged a deeper appreciation for the trade and set Lesley firmly on the path to where she is now.
“The Genesis of the name “Hilda’s Lounge” is linked to Hilda Ogden and her infamous flying ducks – I have a love for the house-proud aspirations of that time and I am incredibly nostalgic about the aesthetic. I also like the happenstance-nod to the British furniture Designer, Robin Day (OBE) who has important history with the British furniture brand Hille. When I consider my own values, taste and inspirations, both these worlds make sense to me” – Lesley
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30 – 5pm. We aim to reply to all enquiries within one working day.
Address: Hilda’s Lounge Ltd, Portsmouth Guildhall,
Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2AB
Phone: 02382 250272