Ahead of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we celebrate the role British heritage has on our design ethos at Timothy Oulton.
What is British style?
To us, British style blends an eccentricity and inventiveness with an enduring nostalgia for heritage, tradition, and craftsmanship.
Pictured:Saddle Chair in quilted leather, inspired by equestrian heritage and countryside pursuits. The saddle silhouette is created using a lightweight fibreglass frame, generously padded for comfort and clad in hand-distressed leather. Actual stirrups are added either side for a playful touch.
British eccentricity and irreverence
Often, it is the eclectic and the eccentric that plays a role in British design, perhaps best summarised in our Westminster Jack’dN Brok’n sofa: a beautifully handcrafted, modern take on a traditional chesterfield sofa - one of the great British icons of design – reinvented with a dash of distinctive British humour and irreverence.
The role of tradition and heritage in British design
Our founder Tim started out in his dad’s antiques shop, where he fell in love with British design and craftsmanship - things that were built to last for generations.
Trunks had a particular impact on Tim: “The leather on the suitcases had taken on a beautiful sheen from the greases and waxes that had built up over time due to constant handling, and scratches had been collected as mementos from each journey. I just loved the handcraftsmanship. I was amazed at the quality of the stuff that the British made over 300 years, the incredible detail that went into each trunk – right down to the locks and handles.”
Pictured: Shabby bed, Harrow end of bed trunk, inspired by vintage travel trunks, Stonyhurst side tables in shiny steel with leather detailing, another take on vintage trunks, Gyro pendant and Gyro Crystal lamps, inspired by nineteenth century experimental physicist Leon Foucault's gyroscope.
Translating quintessentially British features to a global audience
British heritage has always been a big influence for us - whether it’s in the design or the materials - but we put our own twist on it. Our ethos is rooted in the idea that beautiful interiors support the creation of hosted and social experiences, and that’s something that resonates with people across the globe who are hungry for inspiration and energy, who appreciate authenticity, and who aren’t afraid to subvert the norm.