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The Apse: a new event space at St Martin-in-the-Fields

News St Martin – Talking Points

Friday 9 October 2015

Located in the Crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Apse is a circular recess and an original feature of this iconic church designed by architect James Gibbs.

Located in the Crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Apse is a circular recess and an original feature of this iconic church designed by architect James Gibbs.  Working with craftspeople from around Britain, St Martin-in-the-Fields has transformed The Apse to create a new sumptuous space for private dining and small group gatherings.

 

Apse

The Apse Team

Allyson Hargreaves, Executive Director commissioned The Design Net to design the Apse interior and source suppliers and manufacturers. The Design Net brings together the traditions and skills of handmade cabinet making and upholstery to meet the demands of a wide range of clients in retail and catering.  Like St Martin’s The Design Net adheres to a comprehensive environmental policy in using sustainable materials and processes.

The Design Net created four beautiful curved leather sofas connected by hand-crafted occasional tables.  In front of each sofa is a curved table which is height adjustable for sit-down dinners or casual drinks.

For the furnishings designer Gay Mill and the St Martin’s team chose Bute Fabrics and Bridge of Weir Leather Company for their beautiful designs and compatibility to the ethos of St Martin’s.

Bute Fabrics was established in 1947 to provide employment for servicemen and servicewomen returning to the island following the Second World War.  This contemporary fabric designer and manufacturer remains a family firm based on the Isle of Bute, off the west coast of Scotland. St Martin’s has its own history of opening its doors to servicemen and servicewomen during the First World War which led to the development its long term commitment to the support of homeless people.

The Apse upholstery leather was provided by family firm Bridge of Weir Leather Company.  Founded in Scotland in 1905, the company benefits from the skills of seven generations of family leather manufacture as well as the local prime beef herds for skins and a plentiful supply of soft, pure water.  Bridge of Weir is another great fit for St Martin’s due to both organisations’ policies of working with UK suppliers in order to minimise transport miles and maximise local resources and skills.

Hiring The Apse

The Apse is available for private hire for small gatherings of up to 20. St Martin’s Events Team is happy to organise private dining including afternoon tea for up to 12, or drinks for up to 20. For further information email events@smitf.org or telephone 020 7766 1165.