Four Hands has added new leadership roles to its team, promoting Rick Lovegrove to the new role of president of upholstery and Candace Bridges to the new role of chief people officer.
Both Lovegrove and Bridges first joined the company in 2014 and have been critical to the firm establishments of their respective departments, the company said.
Initially a consultant with expertise in upholstery manufacturing and design, Lovegrove moved in-house in 2015 as the first permanent employee in upholstery. Under his leadership, the sector increased tenfold, from $12 million in revenue annually to $120 million, making upholstery the highest revenue-driving product category at Four Hands today, the company said. Rising to vice president of upholstery, Lovegrove works closely with the design team to launch 150 new upholstery collections annually, and is also responsible for the vendor and supplier ecosystem, including a partnership to open an upholstery shop in the Philippines.
“Designing the upholstery program at Four Hands from the ground up allowed me to disrupt the industry and take advantage of the company’s unique strengths and capabilities. We have paved an innovative path forward that projects continued exponential growth and becoming an unrivaled leader in upholstery,” said Lovegrove.
“As we continue to grow, it is especially important to recognize people that have been cornerstones of our success,” said Matthew Briggs, Four Hands president and CEO. “With Rick, Candace and the whole executive team, we will continue to carve a forward-looking future for our business.”
In addition, the company launched a slipcover sofa collection in Las Vegas this week. Designed to be lived in and offer a modern, clean and coastal vibe, the line debuted in two styles, with more to come in the fall. Capella, with tapered arms and flange details, is 96.5”W by 42”D by 31”H, while the Luisa slipcover sofa is 91”W by 38.5”D by 31”H. Both include machine washable slipcovers, which come in six colors: Bergamo Cream, Bergamo Canvas, Charcoal and, in a recycled cotton blend, Shiloh Cream, Shiloh Harbor and Shiloh Ash.
The company also expanded into dinnerware with its first collection. Four Hands is a lifestyle brand, and the tabletop collection is an extension of that, said spokesperson Amanda Laws. Each piece is handmade in Mexico by a female-owned ceramic studio, and is offered in several neutral colors, including matte black and cream. The nine SKUs include serving bowls, a salt jar, dinner plates, mugs and espresso cups. “It allows people to set the whole table,” she said. And part of the collection’s appeal is that “you can see the handmade imperfections.”
Other introductions include luxury gaming tables handmade in Mexico of oxidized metal and Guanacaste wood. The 11 SKUs include foosball, poker, air hockey and more.