- June 27, 2012
English gent Timothy Oulton has opened his first freestanding store in the States in Dallas — a grand 10,000-square-foot repurposed building off Henderson Avenue filled with antique-inspired goods that could be at home in a London gentleman’s club, an Oxford don’s study or Keith Richards’ man cave. Oulton, who is known for producing furnishings with a link to the past, painstakingly handcrafts each piece using time-honored techniques so that no two are alike. He has locations in Beijing, Shanghai, Hamburg, Singapore, Barbados and a soon-to-be-opened establishment in Amsterdam, plus shop-in-shops at H.D. Buttercup in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as New York’s ABC Carpet & Home. So we were thrilled when this master of reinvention opened a freestanding outpost in … shall we just say, the provinces. He explains, “We chose Dallas because we thought it was a great fit for us. The city’s energy and larger-than-life approach to living are values at the heart of our brand.” We love his dining tables fashioned from reclaimed sassafras wood last seen on decommissioned Chinese junks; the luggage and travel goods (each taking a minimum of 72 hours to complete) rendered in leather with solid-brass hinges and locks, and the solidly squared trunk of aged aluminum and rivets inspired by the Spitfire jet. (Some trunks and cases have relinquished their passports and been reincarnated as tables, storage, chests and even desks.) Oulton is the furniture world’s equivalent of a rock star, which makes the yellow submarine floating inside a giant aquarium quite apropos. Vintage finds round out the stock, while the London Café serves up tea and sweets, and blooms to go from Stems of Dallas add spots of color. 4500 N. Central Expressway in Potter Square, 214.613.2464; timothyoulton.com.