Project Completion – Gatwick PRM

Gatwick PRM

A new specially designed lounge area for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM). Race Furniture has worked closely with London Gatwick Airport to furnish its new North Terminal lounge for travellers who require special assistance. Representing an investment of £2m, the special assistance area has been designed to have the feel of a premium lounge and […]

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Project Completion – Nevill Holt Opera House

Project Completion – Nevill Holt Opera House

A brand new 400-seat opera house in the grounds of a stately home in the Leicestershire countryside. Race Furniture has been delighted to work on the new Nevill Holt Opera House in its unique historic setting in Leicestershire. Heralded as an ‘indisputable triumph’ by the press, Nevill Holt combines world-class opera, with award-winning gardens, modern […]

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Has the Design of Theatres Changed Over the Years?

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Since the ancient civilisations, humans have been entertaining themselves with theatrical performances. It started with simple storytelling around campfires to performances staged in particular areas and then buildings designed for the specific purpose. Today, UK theatres feature state of the art equipment but many still occupy legacy buildings. The Ancient World – Forums, Amphitheatres, and […]

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The Science Behind Auditorium Acoustics

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How we hear a speech, a lecture, a piece of music or a video clip, can depend on the type of space we are in and its set-up. Acoustics of a room have a significant factor on the quality, volume and reception of sound, and it is of priority in any form of auditorium. The […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Theatre Terms

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A theatre’s a theatre, isn’t it? A theatre, a place where you go to watch some kind of show and be entertained is never going to be anything else. If this is what you think when it comes to theatres, you won’t be the only one – many people simply assume that a theatre is […]

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Race Furniture: Ergonomics – What is it?

Workplaces, products and systems need to be organised and arranged to suit both the people and the purpose! Ergonomics is the process of designing spaces and tools to best maximise and fulfil people’s aims and intentions. Another way of putting this: ergonomics is the ‘human factor,’ whereby people have abilities as well as limitations. Design […]

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An iconic, influential design piece: The Antelope

During the 1950s, design took a dramatic leap from the 1900s war-time era. This new leap thrust forward a prominent design: bold bursts of striking, bulky colour, in a compact, glossy style. Before this, in the early 1900s, the popular palette was ‘dull-’ even dark- mirroring the hardships of the time.   However, Ernest Race […]

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Fascinating Facts about Theatres

The Top 10 Facts    A lot of the time we seem to take the theatre for granted. What we need to remember is that not everyone has access to such wonderful and varied programmes of entertainment. In fact, in some places in the world the theatre is banned altogether. Imagine never being able to […]

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Wondrous Theatres Around the World

Across the Globe, you’ll find some incredible, awe-inspiring theatres. The magic of performance is brought to life in many of these locations and we look at some of the world’s most wonderful theatre designs: The Winter Garden, Toronto (Canada) Image Credit: http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg Talking of magic, The Winter Garden has one of the most stunning ceilings seen […]

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Little vs. Large Theatres

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Does size matter in theatre? When it comes to theatre-going, the experience is all part of the fun! Size can play a part in this: there are certainly many different styles and forms of theatre- in every town, city, and country- for audiences to discover. Here we weigh up some of the pros and cons […]

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