True one-offs – small batches of wood floors, each with a story that is intertwined with the rise of the great English cities. We’ve sourced wood that was brought in from former colonies to feed the growth of an industrial Britain. Wood that had already been around for hundreds of years before it arrived, and having served its time in warehouses and public spaces has now been lovingly restored. As each find a new home, a new adventure begins.
This rare find is exactly what its name suggests – antique oak that we haven’t just reclaimed, but restored. This treasure witnessed centuries of French history. Now we’ve painstakingly crafted it into a 2-ply parquet reminiscent of those at Versailles or France’s eighteenth-century maisons de campagne…
The Larch used to craft Eiger is native to the milder temperatures of the northerly hemisphere, populating the lowlands of the north and dominating the mountains of central Europe. In the past, Larch was recognised for its healing qualities, a feature still relevant in contemporary society where Larch’s bark is used in baths to relieve symptoms of rheumatism.
This wood, which originates from Australia, came out of warehouses in Kings Cross that were being redeveloped. We have worked this amazingly dense hardwood whilst retaining the original surface patina and undulations – including the original marks made by the clout nails to fix the boards down.
We unearthed this stunning pine in a disused warehouse at Garston Dock in Liverpool. These reclaimed pine boards are larger and wider than anything else we have ever reclaimed before and they have been brushed and finished with a naked skin lacquer, accentuating the natural beauty of the grain.
This reclaimed maple comes from a large factory on Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border. When it was built in 1907, it was expected to employ 400 people, but in its heyday probably employed even more. These are narrow boards and we have deliberately done as little to the wood as possible to retain the scratches and scuffs that make it so characterful.