Retrouvius, an architectural salvage and design business was founded by partners Adam Hills and Maria Speake. They both studied architecture before starting the business in Glasgow and eventually moving to London. With a motto of “bridging the gap between destruction and construction”, they seek to incorporate some quantity of salvaged material. This is not always easy to spot as it is usually blended with a contemporary feel.
Retrouvius moved into 1016 Harrow Road in 2008. The derelict building, formerly a cleaning company, was in a poor state of repair complete with leaky roof and mouldy carpets and flooring.
They gutted the entire site and sought to maximise the potential to re-use the building completely reassembled with pretty much every element salvaged material. Mahogany and copper light windows salvaged from an institutional building demolished for London’s Cross Rail link form the new frontage.
In the past few years Retrouvius has been involved with a broad range of domestic and commercial design projects.
While some have been very architectural, others are purely bespoke interior design projects, covering buildings constructed as early as the 15th century to other modern structures. Most of their projects have also involved a degree of collaboration with other architects or designers.
Their architectural salvage stock largely depends on what can be found after demolition. They also stock a range of modernist furniture, as well as mad and quirky pieces.
Often they take things that no-one else wants, while sometimes they acquire very desirable pieces. These are then transformed into their own unique style adding their own touches.