Noble Souls by Ti­mothy Oul­ton

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A mag­i­cal din­ner held be­neath the warm glow of mes­meris­ing Ti­mothy Oul­ton glass pen­dants set the tone for a night of ex­trav­a­gance and the cel­e­bra­tion of de­sign. The Bri­tish fur­ni­ture brand treated Mar­cel Gull, along with the team from Daw­son & Co, to a can­dlelit din­ner and an in­ti­mate view­ing of Noble Souls, Ti­mothy Oul­ton’s new range of four lux­u­ri­ously com­fort­able or­ganic so­fas. The so­fas are made us­ing a ‘slow pro­duc­tion’ ap­proach that ex­plores the realms of reconnection and a re­turn to the senses.

“Hos­pi­tal­ity is re­ally key,” says Antony Pearce of Ti­mothy Oul­ton, a brand that val­ues each piece of fur­ni­ture for its in­di­vid­ual im­por­tance and func­tion. “So­fas are a cen­tral part of the home but the din­ing ta­ble is re­ally where all the ac­tion is.”

The sen­sa­tional set­ting placed the din­ing ta­ble cen­tre stage, both spa­tially and fig­u­ra­tively, cel­e­brat­ing its role in fos­ter­ing con­ver­sa­tion and build­ing re­la­tion­ships.

“I re­mem­ber din­ner at my grandma’s house,” re­calls Antony. “She would or­gan­ise where we’d sit, so you would end up next to your un­cle one time, your cousin the next… She was try­ing to weave us together and build re­la­tion­ships. She re­ally thought about it. To­day ev­ery­thing is a bit ca­sual, very spon­ta­neous, and we have the world at our fin­ger­tips. How­ever, we think there’s value in care­ful thought [be­ing given to] cre­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and an­tic­i­pat­ing the needs of our guests – and we had a great re­sponse.”

The de­sign­ers at Ti­mothy Oul­ton have ap­plied these con­cepts to the Noble Souls range of so­fas. From the 100 per­cent nat­u­ral veg­etable dyes and deep-feather cush­ion­ing to the ar­ti­san crafts­man­ship, the so­fas have been de­signed to re­con­nect us with the sen­sory joy that’s in­creas­ingly miss­ing from daily life.

“The feather cush­ion­ing cre­ates a sen­sa­tion of phys­i­cal com­fort that’s quite

an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Antony of the first-ever range to use these ma­te­ri­als.

“Peo­ple sit on the so­fas and go ‘ahhh’, yet you feel rein­vig­o­rated in the process be­cause, once re­con­nected with your­self, you cre­ate a zone where you share that com­fort with oth­ers. The fi­nal con­nec­tion is that we are in phys­i­cal con­tact with some­thing that’s time­less – a craft that’s thou­sands of years old,” he says, re­fer­ring to the linen-mak­ing and indigo-dye­ing pro­cesses that take place in a vil­lage in south­west China.

“When you or­der your sofa, we make the fab­ric for the en­tire sofa and dye it all at the same time,” says Antony. “If the tem­per­a­ture or hu­mid­ity lev­els change, you can get vari­ances with or­ganic dye, so we do them as a batch to make them spot on. I think that’s spe­cial – it’s ex­tra work be­cause you can’t just stock them.”

This ‘slow pro­duc­tion’ ap­proach to craft­ing the Noble Souls range is a di­rect re­sponse to our hy­per-con­nected, yet dis­con­nected, con­tem­po­rary world. Founder Ti­mothy Oul­ton ex­plored the con­cept of reconnection and dis­cov­ered that real lux­u­ries are mo­ments rather than things; when we feel deeply con­nected with our­selves and oth­ers.

From the hands that craft them, to the peo­ple who en­joy them, the Noble Souls range of­fers a re­turn to the senses. Ti­mothy Oul­ton and Noble Souls are ex­clu­sively avail­able at Daw­son & Co.

Our in­trin­sic love of pre­cious stones in­spired the cre­ation of Ti­mothy Oul­ton’s Ely­sium ball pen­dant – hand­crafted from a halo of nat­u­ral rock crys­tal.

The in­ti­mate scene of the Noble Souls dis­play. OP­PO­SITE More is more… the in­cred­i­ble ta­ble set­ting at the pri­vate din­ner. Crys­tal pen­dant by Ti­mothy Oul­ton. Vil­lager, weav­ing the linen fab­ric. The Oa­sis and Nest so­fas.

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