Cavaluzzo, Laura. “The Reproductionist.” Restoration Hardware Fall 2011 Source Book: 92.
Often I enjoy referencing hardware and fixture magazines, which inspire me to build, and while thumbing through Restoration Hardware’s source book I came across several interesting articles on furniture craftsmen. All the articles I read were very fascinating, however an article on restoring furniture stood out the most. This four-page article delves into one designer’s restoration idea and what the designer expects to get out of reinvented restoration. I myself am very fascinated with furniture construction and the restoration process, so any new knowledge on these matters is exciting to learn.
We are first introduced to Tim Oulton, a British furniture designer, who shares his idea of restoration reinvented. The first scene in the article takes us to China at 11 pm, when most other people are sleeping; however Tim Oulton is getting ready for his next project. He then explains that the antique business is no longer a viable market; however the reinventions of antique pieces are.
What inspired this British designer to move to China and open shop is in part to growing up in his father’s antique business and seeing the craftsmanship it took to create such antiques. While he did appreciate their craftsmanship he however did not see their relevance to the world we live in today. So when Tim Oulton took over the business he began reinventing and restoring antiques.
In conclusion to this article Tim explains that it does take longer to process the materials and recreate new furniture pieces, which in turn raises cost and time of producing, he does believe that in return you are left with well-crafted piece of furniture that is created to fit our current needs while retaining its historical look.
The first time I restored an antique furniture piece I quickly noticed a large difference in the construction and craftsmanship that was put into each piece compared to most furniture today. And that is what inspires me to want to continue to perform restoration work, however sometimes I have felt like I am still the credit for someone else’s creation and wished that I was building my own line of furniture not just recreating. However, after reading this article I see that Tim Oulton’s reinvented restoration allows me both. I think after reading this article every time I look at an antique I will wonder what the new possibilities I can create are.