Addressing a growing demand for iconic, rarefied statements, Tim Oulton and his eldest son Oliver have made it their mission to rewrite the antiques rulebook. Arriving in London for the first time and now showcasing exclusively at Harrods, Rare by Oulton is a unique offering that transcends typical collectors and dealers and talks straight to the heart of a sophisticated 21st century client.
As second- and third-generation collectors, rarefied objects of desire have been in the Oulton blood for many years. Tim has been collecting vintage rarities from an early age, since working in his father’s antiques business.
The first Rare showroom opened in 2015 in Hong Kong. This latest instalment previews exclusively at Harrods from now until June 2018, and is a UK first. The dedicated space on the third floor of the iconic department store showcases Tim and Oli’s abiding interest in timeless design, unique creativity and truly authentic craftsmanship.
With an avant-garde attitude to sourcing and purchasing, the duo have procured and curated an eclectic range of rarities they are calling ‘lifestyle masterpieces’. Traversing the worlds of art, antiques and luxury interiors, the showroom is set to become the go-to domain for those aiming to discover unique and original pieces built on the principles of heritage, craft and irreverence.
Tim says: “The 21st century consumer demands irreverence, rarity and sophistication in equal measure. We’re driven by a passion for rare, storied pieces and a commitment to continually unearth objects that can set new milestones in 21st century interiors.
“Whilst we are renowned for specialism in objects such as our Dunhill petrol lighter collection, we also have a far broader objective to inject energy into this market, and in doing so cater to a growing passion amongst our clients for unique statements that provoke conversation and intrigue in equal measure.
“Our mission is to be firmly recognized as an authority on luxury lifestyle interiors to those searching for something irreverent, cool and completely unique.”