NOW PEO­PLE – TI­MOTHY OULTON

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Bri­tish fur­ni­ture de­signer.

With ro­tat­ing ban­quettes, de­scend­ing chan­de­liers and many other vis­ually stim­u­lat­ing fea­tures, pri­vate mem­bers’ club 1880 is the man­i­fes­ta­tion of Ti­mothy Oulton’s wacky ideas and ex­per­tise in fur­ni­ture. 1880 is also Ti­mothy Oulton Stu­dio’s – his in­te­rior de­sign arm – third and largest project yet. We caught up with the ever-can­did de­signer when he popped by Sin­ga­pore for the 1880 launch.

You’ve re­cently launched Ti­mothy Oulton Stu­dio. Tell us more about it.

The con­cept has been in my mind for years. Mak­ing fur­ni­ture is great, but not as im­por­tant as creat­ing a space. While the essence of the ma­te­ri­als and thought process is the same as our fur­ni­ture busi­ness, the Stu­dio fo­cuses more on how fur­ni­ture is be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced – par­tic­u­larly in F&B. We are now a team of 15, and are plenty busy!

Lo­cal apart­ments are get­ting smaller. What’s your ad­vice?

I say, go big. When I de­signed my small apart­ment in Hong Kong, I took the big­gest sofa and chan­de­lier we have, and it looks bril­liant! You get less in, but what else do you flip­ping need?

What are your thoughts on trendy colours?

It’s not my thing to wait for the colour of the year, or any trend. I don’t like mil­len­nial pink as it’s not my norm, and while I have been do­ing brass for 40 years, I don’t like it right now. Ev­ery­one is do­ing it; it’s overkill. Be­ing time­less is not es­chew­ing trends – you need to be aware of the ver­nac­u­lar – but don’t fol­low them for the sake of it. Stick to what you love.

Would you say you have a re­bel­lious na­ture?

(snig­gers) I just don’t like be­ing told what to do. Is that the same thing?

What about feng­shui, then? It plays a sig­nif­i­cant role here.

To ig­nore that would be stupid, be­cause I be­lieve in all these things: Des­tiny, karma, faith, juju – what­ever you call it. I have not stud­ied it, but I would take ad­vice from some­one who has.

What are some mantras you stand by?

If you don’t love it, don’t do it. If you’re go­ing to do it, do it to the best of your abil­ity or else don’t even bother. Be rel­e­vant or be dead.

CHECK OUT 1880 AT WWW. 1880. COM. SG AND SEE TI­MOTHY OULTON’S FUR­NI­TURE AT CU­RIO, 14C DEMPSEY ROAD, TEL: 6479- 7619.

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