Hooked on Salvage

This month Retrouvius have acquired some unusual coat hooks.

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DOUBLE ANTLER HOOKS

The back of the antler hooks have been newly fabricated by Retrouvious, the design can almost be accepted as a wall feature in itself – a modern take on animal wall hangings.

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These metal antler hooks were salvaged from an old dancehall, collectively they create a subtle pattern silhouetted against the wall.

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METAL ANTLER HOOKS

These gym hooks are a more simple design, they are ideal for an industrial look hanging from the ceiling allowing for a wardrobe with plenty of floor space.

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GYM HOOKS

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All photos courtesy of Retrouvius and the items are available here.

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Retrouvius Take On Alpine Interiors

It’s not really the season for snow but here are some pictures of the Retrouvius design team’s transformation of a cosy chalet tucked away in the Swiss alps. They wanted to achieve a stylish and modern look while retaining some of the original rustic charm of traditional alpine architecture.

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The combination of old wooden planks and familiar soft fabrics work perfectly to create a warm colourful interior.

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The contrast of tweeds and wools used alongside a range of elegant and unsuspecting zesty greens, needlepoint tapestries and silks, add a subtle vibrancy to the home. The use of wood works to ease the impact of differing styles and textures, bringing them together through its natural tones.

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The planks also varied the panelling being highly wire brushed, while the parquet had undergone a slightly more controlled and chic treatment. Nevertheless the neutral colouring of the wood served to unify the range of styles present in the chalet, allowing a mix of modern and bright styles to exist alongside more traditional colours and patterns.

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Spring’s Salvaged Chairs at Retrouvius

Retrouvius specialises in reclamation of materials and design, they have a wide collection of salvaged furniture and lighting. Based in Harrow Road in London, they have undertaken numerous design projects in London and throughout the UK. Currently they have an eclectic selection of chairs, ranging from mid century and industrial to Victorian office furniture.

DANISH ARMCHAIR

DANISH ARMCHAIR

TRIPOD DESK CHAIR

TRIPOD DESK CHAIR

PAIR OF ERCOL ROCKING CHAIRS

PAIR OF ERCOL ROCKING CHAIRS

VICTORIAN OFFICE CHAIR

VICTORIAN OFFICE CHAIR

TUBULAR FRAME CHAIRS WITH BEECH SEATS

TUBULAR FRAME CHAIR WITH BEECH SEAT

ITALIAN DASHING TWEED STRIPE

ITALIAN DASHING TWEED STRIPE

FURRY RED ITALIAN CHAIR

FURRY RED ITALIAN CHAIR

REGENCY DESK CHAIR

REGENCY DESK CHAIR

DANISH TEAK FRAMED CHAIR

DANISH TEAK FRAMED CHAIR

The founders of Retrouvius, Adam and Maria believe in reusing and salvaging materials and preserving beautifully crafted objects wherever possible:

At the heart of Retrouvius is the belief that good materials and well-made things are precious; whether quarried stone or a piece of expert joinery, these objects were hard won and have an intrinsic value that argues for them to be re-conditioned and intelligently re-used.”

For more information on these chairs and other items, visit their website.

Architectural Salvage and Design

Grey enamel factory lights. Solid pine storage boxes previously used to transport museum specimens. Ideal as a storage box or kid's toy box. Solid short utilitarian benches made from steel and timber. Rotating enamelled steel dentists cabinet, probably made by girator - multiple drawers and doors all around. Makes a very solid stylish piece of functional furniture.

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.

Plywood stackable chairs. Oak and cast iron optometry table with adjustable height base and fold out compartments.

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.

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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.

Large collector's chest of thin drawers removed from a museum. 78 drawers spanning three columns. Various microscopes from a museum lab with their own individual storage boxes.

In the past few years Retrouvius has been involved with a broad range of domestic and commercial design projects.

Small ex-museum mahogany cabinets. Tubular frame PEL chairs with red upholstery. Small glass funnel lights with red flex. Opaque glass pendant with aluminium stem. Very long Italian table. Made in two sections that bolt together this table is over 6.5 metres long. Gold coated ex-radiator grills.

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.

Hand woven pure wool vintage welsh blankets.
Carved marble bowl light shade with three hanging chains.

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.

Geographers poles painted red, black and white. These have been used successfully as hand rails to accompany stair casing.

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.

Pairs of wooden knobs removed from museum drawers.