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…
These reclaimed pitch pine planks came from a disused warehouse on Liverpool Docks originally used by the timber industry to store wood from all around the world. Their epic journey would have started in the 1800s over 4000 miles away on the other side of the Atlantic. The boards are larger and wider than anything else we have ever reclaimed – we’ve set them off on the next leg of their journey.
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.
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.