When you think of Timothy Oulton, what comes to mind? Perhaps rich leathers, rugged timber and a vintage aesthetic. But this light-filled Sydney home shows an unexpected way of styling Timothy Oulton pieces, for a sleek and modern feel. Featuring interior design by Coco Republic, a stylish yet family-friendly interior was achieved for the client using an array of Timothy Oulton’s authentically handcrafted designs.

The Coco Republic Design Centre is one of the most dynamic and recognized international design showrooms in Australia. Timothy Oulton opened its first gallery in Australia at Coco Republic’s Sydney showroom in 2012, with two further galleries in Melbourne and Brisbane. Both companies are bonded by their shared passion for timeless yet innovative design and a quest to create unique, characterful interiors.

The client engaged Coco Republic’s in-house interior design service after moving into their newly built single-storey apartment in Five Dock, in the inner west of Sydney. As a young family with two boys aged 8 and 13, the brief required a striking space for entertaining guests while retaining a functioning family home.

Experienced interior designer Amanda Pocock from Coco Republic took her cue from the client when choosing Timothy Oulton products. The client gravitated towards the drama and luxury of the Timothy Oulton gallery and with quality a high priority they also appreciated the intensive handcraftsmanship that goes into each piece. Amanda says: “My vision for the space was a dramatic, entertainer¹s paradise whilst also catering for the everyday lifestyle of a family of four with a dog. Timothy Oulton’s dramatic and elegant designs make them a perfect choice for entertaining, while their robust materiality makes them suitable for everyday use.”

Working with the existing finishes of the property, a monochromatic scheme was realised with key statement features. The open plan kitchen and dining room offers a spectacular backdrop for hosting friends and family, anchored by the Zodiac dining table, handcrafted using individually polished pieces of marble laid in an eye-catching Roman mosaic pattern. Angeles dining chairs add more drama, swathed in lustrous Old Saddle Black leather and hand-applied stud detailing.

In the lounge, comfort is effortlessly married with glamour to create an inviting space for both entertaining guests and kicking back with family. Chesterfield-inspired Westminster Feather sofas create a comfortable, lived-in feel, contrasted by the sharp angular lines of the Crystalline Baluster coffee table in acrylic and the bold Zodiac console in smooth black marble.

Each room has been perfectly designed in consideration of its use and this distinct zoning continues into the TV room, with materials carefully chosen to create a warm, welcoming and relaxed feel. The Lord Digsby ottoman in rich, softly worn Destroyed Raw leather invites you to stretch your feet out while the brass trunk hints at a romantic bygone era of luxurious sea voyages and nostalgic train travel.

The themes of vintage glamour and romance are reinvigorated in the master bedroom, featuring Cumberland side tables in leather and brass, directly inspired by an antique trunk from Timothy Oulton’s personal collection that once belonged to Prince William Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland and youngest son of King George II of Great Britain.

The children’s bedrooms have been designed with the same sleek, meticulous detail as the rest of the house. A teenager’s oasis has been created in one of the bedrooms, featuring the rugged and industrial Aviator Blackhawk side table in riveted aluminium and a large framed Ace of Spades above the bed, an original Timothy Oulton design with playful overtones.

Ceiling, wall and table lights handcrafted predominantly from K9 optical glass have been used to create further drama throughout the house, including Art Deco inspired Rex Diamond pendants and the powerful Crossglass pendant in the master bedroom, and the Paradise pendant which shimmers theatrically above the dining table.

Material selection in the interior design was a key consideration in order to fulfill the client’s brief. When curating the scheme, interior designer Amanda Pocock was very particular about creating a luxurious and impressive space, so the use of marble, acrylic, leather and the optical glass used in the lighting designs was incredibly important in achieving the impact that the client desired.

The project’s biggest challenge was to create an impactful design scheme whilst not visually overwhelming the smaller than usual footprint of the space. This was achieved through the use of a black, white, silver, gold, taupe and navy colour palette, layering the space with brass accessories and textured soft furnishings to create warmth and offer contrast to darker pieces.

On working with Timothy Oulton products, Amanda says: “The Timothy Oulton pieces have a fantastic feeling of luxury and glamour that a lot of my clients want, with a beautiful range of materials and finishes. The confidence in having a great quality product was key to being able to deliver on the design we developed for our client in this project.”


Timothy Oulton works with interiors designers across the world and offers a dedicated Trade Professionals Program at its galleries in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, New York, L.A., Orange County and San Francisco.