Paris, 9 September 2011 – Timothy Oulton, founder and creative director of the luxury furniture and lifestyle company, Halo, is constantly testing the boundaries of creativity in furniture design.
Inspired by timeless, classic design and artisanship throughout the ages, Oulton succeeds in creating pieces which combine his love of vintage, his knowledge of antiques and his desire to create innovative, relevant pieces of luxury furniture for the contemporary consumer.
Driven by an ongoing commitment to traditional hand craftsmanship, timeless designs are refreshed and reinterpreted with a fresh perspective, resulting in uniquely authentic and distinctive pieces that exude the perfect balance of tradition and modernity.
This perfect balance between tradition and innovation is evident across all collections. The celebrated Mars chair is a primary example of Timothy’s trademark style. Retaining a 1930s proportion, the chair is made more contemporary by the unexpected combination of hand – moulded metal and distressed, vintage leathers.
The craftsmanship that goes into achieving the unique luxury aesthetic that has become synonymous with Timothy Oulton designs is second to none. For example, each piece in the stunning Trunk collection requires a minimum of 72 hours to complete, while the Kensington three-seater sofa contains 1,700 nails which are all individually hand-applied.
Timothy Oulton provides consumers with guidance in selecting and evolving their own interior styles with the creation of a range of different room concepts, consisting of furniture and accessories across a range collections and pieces
There are currently seven room concepts – from the ultra-modern Metro to the more traditional Gentleman’s Club and the artsy West End.
Highlights of new collections and pieces showcased at Maison & Objet
The American Locker range, inspired by the school hall storage solutions of yesteryear, features retro-styles lockers, drawers, medicine cabinets and old school desks. Each product has an authentic, buffed steel finish with brass hinges and working padlocks. Evoking memories of school years, the pieces are infused with humour.
Inspired by an era of long, luxurious travel by sea, the Globetrekker collection is inspired by an original trunk from 1914 that Timothy Oulton discovered at an antiques market. Fascinated with the intricate detailing, this range encompasses a variety of products including lamp tables, chests and bookcases; all made using a deconstructed trunk. Capturing the authentic charm and delicate craftsmanship of old world luggage, the pieces come complete with old sea faring stickers, aged wooden trimmings, vintage leather handles and brass hinges.
Carrying on the tradition of re-invention present in all Timothy Oulton collections, the Zazenne range, draws its inspiration from the clean lines of Japanese architecture. The products include desks, cabinets and lamp tables and each requires hours of craftsmanship to produce a product comparable to a sculpture. The collection is available in two unique finishes: tavern, produced from reclaimed timber salvaged from traditional Chinese doors, and steel.
The Gallery at Timothy Oulton comprises a meticulous selection of art images sourced from the best archives around the world. Printed with some of the best, most traditional printing machines, like the furniture, each image is painstakingly produced and treated, with a vintage quality that resembles a painting. The collection is varied and includes images of landscapes, celestial and botanical images, portraits of sports teams, and architectural drawings, among others.
About Timothy Oulton
Born in Manchester and immersed in his father’s antique business since childhood, Timothy Oulton inherited his father’s, Major Philip Oulton’s, eye for beauty and his intrinsic ability to see artistic value and perfection in a product’s design.
All Timothy Oulton furniture is handcrafted using the best tested techniques and fabrications and reverberates with a delicate balance of tradition and innovation. Every piece is meticulously crafted with fine artistry and skilled craftsmanship, with the usage of exquisite materials. Paying the utmost attention to detail, Timothy Oulton craftsmen ensure this by painstakingly hand-constructing and hand-finishing each piece of furniture. Countless man hours are put into each product to achieve an artistic standard that ensures distinct individuality.
Adding an ecological touch to the brand, Timothy Oulton uses reclaimed timbers for their furniture. Wood is salvaged from distilleries, mills, Old English Manors as well as disused Chinese Junks. The salvaged wood bears the authentication of time and natural weathering – imperfections are cherished, making each piece one of its kind.
The meticulous work that goes into each product ensures that any Timothy Oulton piece will be a beautiful and cherished addition in every home.
Halo has been at the forefront of innovation in the furniture industry since it was established in Britain in 1976. The Group is a world leader in the premium lifestyle market servicing a global appetite for exquisite hand-crafted furniture and accessories. With its international headquarters based in Hong Kong, Halo supplies a network of retail partners in over 60 countries around the world (www.haloasia.com).
The collections will be presented at Maison & Objet.
Maison & Objet
9th-13th September 2011
HALL 7 Stand F31-G32