Unique and eccentric design for sartorially savvy interiors, it’s time you got to know Timothy Oulton, the latest addition to our new Designer Collections.
Timothy Oulton’s story dates back to his childhood days in Manchester, where he grew up surrounded by antiques from his father’s business, Halo Antiques. Having joined the family firm after leaving school at 18, Tim began his career in the furniture industry always assuming he would eventually go on to work in the city.
However, Tim soon found himself captivated by the exquisite quality of the antiques that came from meticulous, time-honoured hand-craftsmanship. It is this inspiration that has come to characterize Timothy Oulton’s collections, as he explains; “exposure to the antiques industry at an early age introduced me to beautiful design. Being surrounded by great handcrafted products most of my life has definitely impacted how I produce my furniture.”
“I’ve always loved vintage luggage, imagining the
journeys they’ve travelled, on long sea voyages
or across countries on steam trains.”
By scanning flea markets Tim uncovered his instinct for finding the most beautiful pieces, developing a love for antiques while recognising their limitations. After years in the antiques trade, Tim repositioned the company to focus on furniture design, handcrafting beautiful and practical furniture, inspired by the past but re-visioned to be relevant for today.
“One of my favourite pieces is the original trunk that inspired the Globetrekker Collection. I’ve always loved vintage luggage, imagining the journeys they’ve travelled, on long sea voyages or across countries on steam trains. I found this particular worn-out trunk buried in a flea market. ‘Tom Richards’ was engraved on its brass plaque, and so I’ve often wondered about the adventures Tom would have had with his trunk.”
“What makes something beautiful is the attention
it is given. Time and care and effort mean you
always get something extraordinary.”
This free-spirited approach is reflected in Oulton’s collections, which instead of looking to seasonal trends focus on timeless pieces with an enduring quality. Inspiration can come from anywhere with many pieces borrowing ideas from the past – from 19th century leather chairs to Art Deco lighting to the clean lines of mid-century modern design – and infusing them with Oulton’s contemporary point of view.
While Timothy Oulton may now be an international brand, with stores continuing to open across the globe, the guiding philosophy remains; “what makes something beautiful is the attention it is given. Time and care and effort mean you always get something extraordinary.”