Meet Designer Wayne Chiu


Wayne Chiu has collaborated with Tim Oulton on designs including the Nirvana sectional sofa and Wall Street chair. Hailing from Toronto, motorbike enthusiast Wayne designed toy cars before meeting Tim and entering the interiors world. He blends meticulous, calculated precision with a daringly creative eye.


What inspires you?

What’s important to me is improving the life of people, through a great chair for example. It’s not just about the craftsmanship, it starts before that. Ergonomically you need to put a lot of thought into it, furniture should feel like your second skin, so it’s a lot of time spent doing calculations to get that level of comfort.

What makes a design classic and timeless?

When it’s one of those models that you look at and it seems so simple, but there’s a lot of thought that went into it.  Nothing pretentious, just really comfortable and simple. Those are true timeless pieces.  

What’s your favourite Timothy Oulton piece?

My current favourite is Nirvana. It’s actually a really simple sofa if you look at it but the construction inside is very complex. You have layers upon layers; spring pockets, different layers of foam, then fibre pockets and fibre sheets, it’s all intricately designed to give the perfect balance of comfort and support. I also love the Cabana chair, I really like the vintage meets modern kind of thing going on there. And it’s simple, how the arm slopes all the way around from the front to the back.

What makes Timothy Oulton so unique?

I like to ride bikes – Harley Davidsons, and for me, Timothy Oulton is like a Harley.  There’s just something about it, when you sit on it you want it, you can’t wait to turn on the engine. It’s the style, the timelessness, it’s not something you see every day. As a designer, you go to shows like Milan and everything has a very clean design, but at Timothy Oulton we don’t want to do that, we want to do something different and give it our own point of view, we like to surprise. 

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