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Sense Of Adventure

Posted on May 6, 2014 by

I am delighted to have been asked to be a guest contributor on the Barker & Stonehouse Your House” blog. This feature was written for their blog but (as you can tell from the length of the article!), I enjoyed writing it so much that I wanted to share it with you here too! 

“There is a character and soul to what we do,” says Timothy Oulton, founder of the eponymous global furniture and lifestyle brand. “The materials we use, the link to heritage, the designs.That combination is unique.” Timothy’s father was a major in the British army and that connection with military history plays out in many of the pieces in the Timothy Oulton collection. On leaving the army, his father then went into the antiques trade – and the experience of scouring flea markets and appreciating antiques with his father has clearly also informed Timothy Oulton’s designs.

Authenticity and individuality are central to this quintessentially British range, producing furniture which is smart and contemporary yet makes a respectful nod to history. There is an emphasis on using the finest materials and celebrating their heritage and provenance, from hand-tumbled soft supple leather from South America to weathered timbers from decommissioned Chinese junks and reclaimed wood sourced from English distilleries to be lovingly repurposed. And every piece of Timothy Oulton furniture is crafted by highly skilled craftsmen using traditional techniques such as hand-stitching, hand-tufting and long established joinery methods.

Timothy Oulton Adventurer collection Axel Dining table and Faraday lights

The new Timothy Collections are now on display in all 9 Barker & Stonehouse stores in the UK
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This month sees the launch of 4 new collections from Timothy Oulton – Jet, Adventurer, Coastal Drift and Age of Elegance – as well as additions to the Oxford by Timothy Oulton collection, which is the result of a close creative collaboration with Oxford University. The Timothy Oulton collections will be on display in all nine of the Barker & Stonehouse stores across the UK as well as appearing online soon. We took a look at the new display in the flagship Barker & Stonehouse Battersea store and have picked out just a few of our favourite items from the collections to share with you here.

We love the extensive use of metal throughout the Jet and Adventurer collections; collections inspired respectively by British gentlemen hero Sir Donald Campbell and the literary character Biggles. The Airfoil desk from the Jet collection has the appearance of a section of wing and will make a sleek style statement in any study or office. Inspired by military aircraft and of course by Campbell’s legendary Bluebird car, interlocking aluminium panels have been given a distressed “Spitfire” finish through a signature process which takes place in 5 stages. The pieces are then secured with rivets, completing the characterful aircraft-inspired look.

Barker and Stonehouse Timothy Oulton Jet Airfoil Office desk

Jet Airfoil desk, by Timothy Oulton, Barker & Stonehouse
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The Adventurer collection, by Timothy Oulton, Barker & Stonehouse

The Adventurer collection, by Timothy Oulton, Barker & Stonehouse
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For a slightly softer take on industrial chic, the Coastal Drift collection combines beach wood with brushed aluminium. The Castaway range is particularly unusual, with alternating wood and aluminium slats individually nailed by hand to create a striking striped effect. The large and robust Boston dining table, with rustic weathered oak frame and smooth Aero metal tabletop, will be a talking point in itself at dinner parties.

The Coastal Drift dining collection, by Timothy Oulton, Barker & Stonehouse

The Coastal Drift dining collection, by Timothy Oulton, Barker & Stonehouse
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Another table that caught my eye was the Tracks dining table from the Adventurer collection. This collection, as its name suggests, celebrates travel and exploration and the Tracks range repurposes reclaimed railway timbers from around the globe. There is a matching Tracks console table.

Tracks dining table, part of the Adventurer collection, by Timothy Oulton, Barker & Stonehouse

Tracks dining table and console, by Timothy Oulton, Barker & Stonehouse
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Supple, distressed leather is another key feature in the new Timothy Oulton collections. In the Adventurer collection, the Charlie dining chair is wrapped entirely in leather and features a woven leather detail on the base of the seat. The Professor chair also has a wonderfully rugged look, achieved through the use of 2 faced sheepskin and inspired by weather-beaten World War II flying jackets.

Charlie leather dining chair, by Timothy Oulton, Barker & Stonehouse

Charlie dining chair, by Timothy Oulton, Barker & Stonehouse
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Professor distressed leather chair and Adventurer collection, by Timothy Oulton, Barker & Stonehouse

Professor chair (bottom left above), by Timothy Oulton, Barker & Stonehouse
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Meanwhile, the Age of Elegance collection features a beautiful range of sofas in a new “scuffed linen” finish, achieved from twice washed and treated hemp. The fabric has a beautiful natural look and a luxuriously soft texture, making these sofas the perfect place to really sink into after a long day.

Maple and Elegant scuffed linen sofas, by Timothy Oulton, Barker & Stonehouse

Maple and Elegant sofas (above), by Timothy Oulton, Barker & Stonehouse
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The 4 new collections from Timothy Oulton celebrate travel, exploration and adventure, designed with a style-conscious global adventurer in mind. They are at once nostalgic and modern, with vintage-inspired designs given robust, contemporary finishes.  The use of the finest materials, traditional techniques and quality craftsmanship mean every piece is a statement piece. But don’t just take my word for it, why not journey down to your nearest Barker & Stonehouse store to explore the collection for yourself!

If this feature has left you wondering what else you might find in Barker & Stonehouse, then take a look at other Barker & Stonehouse furniture we’ve featured recently! And remember you can find even more inspiration for your home by visiting and following us on Pinterest!

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