It was a crisp, cold winter evening as the sun went down over Seoul, but things were about to heat up, as we celebrated the grand opening launch party of Timothy Oulton’s first gallery in Korea.

Partnering with Casa Alexis in the dynamic South Korean capital, the new Timothy Oulton gallery is housed on Furniture Street in the trendy, upscale area of Gangnam. Casa Alexis is a family-run company with five lifestyle stores in South Korea, and is committed to world-class, authentic furnishings, making them the perfect partner for Timothy Oulton.

Around 100 guests, including a number of Korean celebrities, arrived to a classic Timothy Oulton welcome, with traditionally dressed British guards standing to attention and iconic Mini Coopers bringing a touch of cool Brittania to the night. Huge excitement ensued as Tim Oulton cut the black ribbon, together with Mr. Hee Jun Jeon and Ms. Hee Jung Nam from Casa Alexis, declaring the gallery officially open.

There was drama and intrigue from the outset, as guests were presented with a fresh red rose upon arrival and led by a path of rose petals up to the gallery, which covers the entire first floor of the Casa Alexis showroom. Travel writer Gina Maeng introduced the evening and the party immediately got started. Champagne corks were popping, glasses were clinking, and music was overtaken by animated conversation. The gallery was aglow with the flicker of candlelight from Timothy Oulton’s signature black pillar candles, and guests tucked into platters of British cheese and English muffins on the Axel dining table as they lounged on the Shabby and Tribeca Tufted sofas.

Timothy Oulton Ambassadors donning bowler hats explained more about the designs and materials as guests stroked the leather sofas and ran their hands over rich reclaimed timber and cool metals. Everyone was thrilled to get the opportunity to speak to Tim directly, and he happily chatted to guests all evening.

Cameras were clicking continuously, with bowler hats and roses becoming fun props for photos, and the British guards proving quite an attraction. It was the perfect celebratory start to Timothy Oulton’s newest opening, and as the night eventually wound down and guests left with their goodie bags of black pillar candles, it was clear that Timothy Oulton had brought some authentic British soul to Seoul.