A Space Odyssey: Chelsea’s Bluebird Garage welcomes Timothy Oulton

To call the average object made by Manchester-born furniture designer Timothy Oulton “a conversation piece” is almost certainly doing it a gross injustice. Take, for example, his Axel table, whose top was made entirely from wood taken from Chinese fishing junks; or what about the Aviator Tomcat – an armchair inspired by the much feared/revered American F14 Tomcat fighter jets (see below)? Then there are those artefacts that testify to his what-the-hell approach to upcycling, such as his handcrafted replicas of regimental drums serving as side tables.

He already displays at 40 galleries round the world, including in Harrods and Heal’s, and now Oulton – who grew up surrounded by antiques at his father’s business, then honed an affection for classical English design mores during his education at an old Benedictine monastery – has taken up residence at London’s famed Art Deco Bluebird Garage: a Grade II listed space originally built in 1923 with a 300-car capacity.

As testified by our carefully curated selection of man-cave must-haves here, this new space is, in Oulton’s own words, “a distillation of everything we are about. It’s our heart and soul.”

The showroom’s official launch will take place on the 19th September during London Design Festival.


Aviator Tomcat chair in destroyed raw leather, £1740 


Cannes armchair in vintage moleskin graphite, £1,775; wood side table in burnt wood, £3,175 

Cumberland coffee table in saddle black and vintage brass, £3,125  VIC


Inception rock crystal coffee table, £6700; Shabby sectional faded and degraded sofa, £9750; Inception rock crystal mIrror, £4300 

Limited edition 1966 guitar, POA 


Reggio 2 seater high back sofa in black, £1,350  Christian Hagward


Westminster button “jack’d n brok’n” sofa £5000  VIC