Finders Keepers. How to decorate using salvaged materials with Maria Speake
News & Views
28 May 2020
18 May 2020
Before the late 19th century all libraries were essentially a front counter beyond which the public were not admitted. Precious books were ordered and retrieved by their custodians, the librarians. As literacy increased and with social reform allowing greater access to books this system was superseded. A new practical storage for this new age had to be designed which allowed the public to roam free amongst the books and shelves in a way that they could not have dreamt of previously.
25 April 2020
At Retrouvius the health of our staff, customers and community is at the centre of our thinking.
The showroom is open online only and we can be reached via email and telephone.
Adam is always available on 07778210855.
Our warehouse is CLOSED until further notice.
Fortunately our design team are able to continue their projects from home.
Thank you for your continued support!
05 March 2020
The wonderful ladies of LOT collaboration put our bi-folding boxes to use to display their works at Collect 2020 at Somerset House.
16 December 2019
Sometimes Retrouvius are offered a unique batch of material and we have to think laterally about its reuse.
Such was the case with four pallets of redundant Victorian art folios from a famous London museum, once used to store collections of drawings and prints.
16 December 2019
Maison et Objet runs from 17-21 January 2020. Maria is in conversation with Meredith Xavier talking The Reuse Mindset - Leading Conscious Design with Integrity.
23 November 2019
Helen Barrett explores the Retrouvius story in The Financial Times House & Home section.
Her long read article includes the provenance of recent salvage hauls and the Retrouvius approach to re-use through the homes our studio creates.
01 November 2019
Max Egger's shoot showcasing shelvs, plinths, corbals and frames included Retrouvius stock Lucy and Co. Cast Iron Shelving System.
08 October 2019
Retrouvius were contacted last week by a commercial upholstery company who were downsizing storage because of the "casual dining crisis" - (recent closures of several high profiles chain restaurants).
A small mountain of surplus leather leftover from four decades of restaurant and pub fit outs was available for Retrouvius to salvage.
08 August 2019
THE CUMBERBATCH BUILDING (1965 - 2019)
Despite the campaign by The C20th Society, The Cumberbatch Building at Trinity College, Oxford is now being demolished.
Adam was approached by a Fellow at the College to save what he could.
05 July 2019
In our RE-USE IN ACTION section of our website we share our experience of informed handling and salvaged material saved over the years.
Retrouvius aim to demystify the re-use process and inspire the use of specific materials in your own project.
Re-use In Action: Doors
Doors are one of the most commonly reused architectural salvage components.
23 June 2019
Join House & Garden Editor, Hatta Byng in conversation with Retrouvius' Maria Speake and Adam Hills at the House & Garden Festival in June where they will be discussing reclaiming the past, and the future of salvage and the reuse of materials.
We have a small number of tickets to give away (RRP £20) to Retrouvius customers. To reserve a seat please contact email@example.com
04 June 2019
Esther joined the interior design team in 2012. Her favourite piece are Mirrored glass pendants with golden shades.
With a golden sparkle, only to be matched by Esther herself, these elegant mirrored pendants give off a beautiful elegant and functional light.
17 May 2019
Retrouvius have been included in Architectural Digest Germany's special 200th edition — featuring their pick of the 200 most influential designers, architects and visionaries in the industry.
07 May 2019
RETROUVIUS are delighted to be hosting three makers during London Craft Week 2019.
We welcome jewellers Sarah Pulvertaft, Jed Green and embroidery Beatrice Mayfield to show in our space.
Exhibition opening hours:
12pm - 6pm: Wednesday 8th - Saturday 11th May
2pm on Saturday 11th May
10 March 2019
Three accomplished designers – Maria Speake, co-founder of Retrouvius, Shalini Misra and Staffan Tollgård – consider the business lessons they learnt in building their award-winning interior design practices.
DESIGN BRIEFING: BLUEPRINT FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS
Sunday 10 March, 3 – 4pm
18 January 2019
AD France feature our design for a duplex apartment at the former Television Centre in White City.
A collaboration with knitwear queen Bella Freud.
04 December 2018
Retrouvius has saved this set of tables made by Sir Edwin Lutyens for the head office of Midland Bank on Poultry Lane, London EC2.
13 November 2018
An Elegant Penthouse Designed by Maria Speake and Bella Freud
After a three-year transformation, Television Centre - the former BBC headquarters in White City - has reopened as a mixed-use development. At its heart is The Helios: a circular Grade II listed Modernist building opened in 1960 and now home to apartments. Bella Freud and Maria Speake were invited to design Helios 710, a penthouse created by the architects Piercy&Company.
01 February 2018
Thank you to the House & Garden team for including our home designs in the kitchens edit of the current Feb 2018 issue.
14 December 2017
17 November 2017
Our latest stock includes two festoon fire surrounds designed by Alfred Stevens and manufactured by Coalbrookdale in 1875.
22 September 2017
We have just salvaged a quantity of unbound copies of Christopher Isherwood's, A Single Man, printed on quality handmade paper. We also have unbound copies of Sherlock Holmes books.
Both are suitable for reuse as interesting wall coverings.
See stock items #0572 #0552
06 May 2017
As part of London Craft Week, Retrouvius are delighted to host a talk exploring the tactile nature of materials in our design processes.
With our good friends Tracey Neuls and Hettie Judah.
Saturday 6th May, 2-4pm
£15+vat (limited places)
To book tickets please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or via eventbrite
11 April 2017
Thank you to Max Egger and the marvellous World of Interiors team for using the Retrouvius terrazzo panel and mini marble columns as a back drop to their swatch May issue. We enjoyed hosting you!
Beautiful pictures by Anders Gramer.