18 Jan. 2018 - Events
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.
In collaboration with the RIBA Hong Kong Chapter and Merci magazine, a group of Hong Kong’s hottest interior designers and architects joined us for an exploration of Timothy Oulton’s latest innovative projects across the globe, and a closer look at our Trade Professionals Program.In the creative and comfortable surrounds of the St Francis Street gallery, an inspiring discussion featured Simon Laws, Architect for Timothy Oulton, and Bastien Taillard, Designer for Timothy Oulton.
Nearly 70 guests were welcomed in hospitable British style by platters of food and champagne served by dapper waiters in bowler hats and suspenders. New introductions were made and familiar faces were warmly greeted. Guests made themselves at home on the top floor of the three storey gallery, with some settling into the Shabby sectional and Professor chair in Moo as the evening’s discussion began.
Architect Simon Laws introduced the Dome Home by Timothy Oulton, one of the company’s most innovative projects – a timber passive house in China, constructed as a meeting place for the brand’s designers. Glazebrook House hotel in Devon, England, was also presented to the group; a ground-up renovation of a boutique countryside hotel with an Alice in Wonderland-inspired theme.
Bastien Taillard, Designer for Timothy Oulton, talked about the fascinating range of authentic materials available such as driftwood, and the ethos that anything is possible, making Timothy Oulton such a unique and exciting company to design for.
It was an energetic and interactive discussion with lots of questions proffered by Sabah Ashiq, Roger Wu (Honorary Secretary of RIBA) and Greg Pearce (Managing Director of One Space). Bastien explained how the materials are sourced, and the design process and challenges of using natural materials to create the products. Simon covered several topics relating to the Dome Home including the project’s biggest challenge – the precision engineering required. The highest levels of accuracy are needed to make the 80 pre-fabricated timber panels, in order to ensure a seamless, water-tight fit and adhere to Passive House standards. The Dome Home’s low energy consumption was also touched upon, with minimal energy required to power all of the lights in the building – the equivalent of boiling a kettle. And speaking on Glazebrook House, Simon elaborated on the stark contrast between the peaceful exterior of the original country house and the unexpected visual treat waiting inside.
The crowd then made their way downstairs to relax in good company with a glass of wine. Presenting the benefits of the Trade Professionals Program, a special designer’s toolkit covered the Axel table, from story books to swatches of our unique, authentically hand-finished leathers. As some guests were busy joining the Program, others were chatting intently. It was another great event with many connections and new friends made.