Cornwall Living 2018

Industrial meets vintage

We discover the on-point ‘Revival Collection’ of furniture from Julian Foye. 

After years of 1950s style design dominating the UK interiors and furniture scene, the latest furniture trend to hit our shores is a radical departure from the symmetric, spindle wood curves of the mid-century look, so popularised by iconic brands, Ercol and G-Plan.

The vintage reclaimed trend is a fusion of styles centred on reclaimed woods – pine, mango, mindy and teak, characterised by a raw, grained finish… The look is utterly eclectic, with statement pieces inspired by the industrial era featuring iron and steel and looking like relics salvaged from a Manhattan warehouse or an early 20th century schoolhouse. These key pieces are juxtaposed with glossy, tobacco leather chairs or softened by neutral toned upholstery in linen and calico, which lends an understated elegance to the overall theme.

With so many designs incorporated from so many eras and regions, it’s remarkable that the look works at all. In fact, it really shouldn’t work – but it does, perfectly – creating an understated comfort zone in your home where quirky functionality combines with timeless style… where industrial meets loft living… meets  hacienda… meets chateau chic – all teamed with a few retro accessories to complete the vintage reclaimed vibe.

In line with this current trend, Julian Foye launched the ‘Revival Collection’ into its Truro store this month, with the fourth floor entirely dedicated to this distinctive design look. The collection includes charismatic dining tables, with a cartwheel inspired table leg, paired with elegant French chairs that offset the rustic feel and confer an inviting sense of warmth.

Some pieces of the Revival Collection are handmade, using only carefully selected reclaimed or recycled wood. The craftsmen work with the imperfections in the wood to ensure each item is individual and retains its characteristic natural beauty with no two pieces being the same. Due to the nature and general age of reclaimed or recycled timber, movement, slight cracks and gaps may appear over time. This is not something to be concerned about – rather it is a feature that gives this furniture its character and feel.

The vintage reclaimed trend is a direct result of the popularity of up-cycling furniture, which has become fashionable over the past decade. The Revival Collection takes this to the next level as it makes the reclaimed look accessible to every home without the need to trawl antique markets in search of the quirky and the stylish or necessitate the graft of sanding, painting and restoring your discovery in order to create a customised look in your home. Cool statement pieces from the range, like the metal-edged coffee table with wine bottle storage offer a fusion of design and functionality and make this collection impossible to ignore. Similarly, the curved, half-moon, metal shelving units can be used against a wall or in the centre of a large room to effectively divide the area into two living spaces.

The Revival Collection includes an extensive range of dining tables, chairs, cabinets, display units, coffee tables, shelving, bookcases and mirrors that are guaranteed to bring a unique personality to your room. The key to recreating this versatile design look, which blurs the traditional boundaries by mixing modern design techniques with the vintage, the reclaimed and the antique, is to accessorise the look with raw materials, such as exposed brick, rustic wood, ceramic, metalwork and stone. Bringing in organic and natural themes, such as weathered wood textured flooring and using concrete pots as planters creates a relaxing ambience and if you really want to work the trend, invest in reclaimed shutters or antique panelling to successfully complete the effect.

To view the Revival Collection visit Julian Foye, Truro.


Tregolls Road, Truro TR1 1SB

01872 222226

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