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THE INSPIRATION OF TIMOTHY OULTON

If all the world’s a stage, then stylized interiors serve as the set design for everyday life. Inside the World of Macintosh townhouse located in the center of New York’s Soho neighborhood, the art of sound and interior design converge for an experience like no other.

Designer Timothy Oulton showcases his modern yet vintage wares inside this immersive space along with the audio systems of McIntosh Group—a brand that has handcrafted its products since 1949—as part of a creative partnership. You see, Oulton has an affinity for things with history. He believes you must remember the past before moving forward.

In a one-on-one interview with InspireDesign, Oulton talks about inspiration and what drives him to create.

Q. What inspires you?

A. The whole collection is based on antiques. I normally start with a unique material that is heritage-based like old wood, distressed leather or rock crystal because of my history with antiques. I grew up around them. Why wouldn’t you look at 500 years of history? You’d be stupid not to.

Q. How do you source creativity?

A. It’s not a creative process, but I love antiques. For a brand around antiques, the antiques are reimagined for the modern world to make it more relevant to young people instead of just a dusty antique shop.

Q. What was it like growing up around antiques?

A. My dad was an antique dealer and I loved it, but as I say, it’s not a creative process. The modern collection—Timothy Oulton of today— we look antique, but then try and reinvent them and meld them into a more commercial, interesting way.

Q. What feeling do you get from creating these pieces?

A. I find it fulfilling.

Q. Why was the World of Mcintosh the ideal place to showcase your products?

A. When you look around, it is Timothy Oulton come to life… comfy leather, antiques—and it’s epic. We use that word a lot. It has to be epic.