It was with great sadness that we recently learned of the death of Ralph Capper – the man who, in many ways, wrote the blueprint
and set the standards for the modern furniture provider.
Ralph began his design career back in 1966, working alongside Robin Day at the iconic Hille Studio, before going on to open the original Manchester Studio in Tenterden Street in the 1970’s.
Moving into the 80’s, Ralph and his team took over the recently vacated Hille showroom in Sackville Street, Manchester – and quickly becomes the go-to consultancy for the city’s design community.
In 1993 the business moved to Little Peter Street, where it continued to flourish, providing the most innovative, high-end furniture solutions to the city’s A&D community.
In 2007 Ralph announced his retirement from the business – handing the reigns over to his son, Ben. The Studio was awarded the Company of the Year award at Mixology North in 2010 – with Ralph, Ben and the Capper team collecting the award together. Ben describes the occasion as ‘a precious moment and one that will stay with me forever’.
We’ve read many, many tributes to Ralph on social media and felt that Quantum2’s Paul Helsby summed the great man’s achievements up perfectly:
‘Where once stood one man’s vision, there now lies a bustling industry within the city.’
From a personal point of view, Ralph and Ben have always been incredibly kind and generous to us – helping to introduce us to what was then a new market for us and promoting both Mix and Mixology North.
Our condolences and best wishes got to Ben, the Capper family and friends and colleagues.