When Nobleman magazine founders Doug and Lydia McLaughlin discovered British furniture and interiors designer Timothy Oulton, they immediately fell in love with the comfortable yet sophisticated aesthetic, rooted in traditional craftsmanship and enduring design yet reimagined with a fresh, modern viewpoint. A strong partnership was soon forged, and when Doug and Lydia finally found the perfect office and hosting space for Nobleman in Newport Beach, there was only one design company they wanted to bring their vision to life.
Doug and Lydia had been coveting the marina location for close to a decade, during which it remained unavailable. As chance would eventually have it, a casual stroll around the neighborhood brought them face to face one day with the “For Lease” sign. It could not be removed fast enough.
From the get-go, Doug and Lydia’s goal was to transform the building into a multifunctional space, not only to accommodate Nobleman’s growing staff with an inspiring workspace, but also as the perfect place to host special events, brand showcases, photo and video shoots, and so much more. While the space itself fit their vision perfectly, the interior was white and bare, dressed with merely a few ornate wood cabinets belonging to the early 2000s.
Enter world-renowned British furniture designer Timothy Oulton and his team of master creators. This merry band of artists realized a dream, to create ‘The Noble House’ with distinctive furniture, lighting, accessories and vintage collectibles from Timothy Oulton’s creative collections.
Dark, moody, sophisticated, and chic, Nobleman’s new one-of-a-kind lair is every gentleman’s dream. Vintage Triumph motorcycle…check. Oversized searchlight…check. Spectacular original artwork from local artist, James Verbicky…check. Comfortable but impossibly spectacular furniture and accessories from Timothy Oulton…check. The space perfectly captures Nobleman’s relaxed yet refined ethos, and allows a seamless transition from day to night for events, client meetings, and brand showcases.
Inside the space, the exposed ceilings and walls were painted black to create a neutral backdrop for everything else to pop. A comfortable seating area invites you to lounge on Timothy Oulton’s Viscount William sofa, hand-finished in a rich Vagabond Brown leather, and the iconic Mars Chair MK3 in Old Saddle Black leather, with its elegant art deco curves. The Glacier coffee table and console sizzles with its mix of burnt timber encased in ice-cold acrylic, while Stonyhurst side tables in Aero aluminium give a sleek, industrial edge.
Playful elements adorn the walls, with huge framed playing cards and vintage typewriters in homage to the magazine. A vintage Suez Canal searchlight from Timothy Oulton’s Vintage Collection adds another layer of storied history to the space, along with a motorcycle from Triumph Classic Motorcycles in Costa Mesa, CA.
The Tribeca Tufted sofa in Destroyed Black leather is a contemporary nod to the timeless Chesterfield, juxtaposed with Spur side tables in charred driftwood and acrylic, and elegant Zig Zag table lamps. Perfectly balancing classic and contemporary glamour, the dining area invites discussion in the comfort of Angeles dining chairs, hand-studded and finished in Old Saddle Black leather, while Crystal floor lamps spark an air of romance. Other distinctive yet comfortable seating includes the bold brass-studded Bastille leather armchair and the Professor chair in rugged Scarecrow leather, inspired by the old chairs found in English universities.
The entire space is an expression of modern urban cool, blending cool, dark tones, sleek, polished pieces and distinctive decorative objects, while classic finishes and detailing retain an air of vintage. It’s the ultimate sophisticated yet relaxed-around-the-edges space; the perfect ‘Noble House’ for Nobleman.
Discover Timothy Oulton’s timeless handcrafted collections and authentic materials at HD Buttercup in SoCo, Orange County, or in L.A., San Francisco, and New York. For more information visit timothyoulton.com.