At the heart of Retrouvius is the belief that good materials and well-made things are precious; whether quarried stone or a piece of expert joinery, these objects were hard won and have an intrinsic value that argues for them to be re-conditioned and intelligently re-used.
Retrouvius comprises two co-exisiting companies. A salvage and reclamation team with a warehouse at its core: for the storage, display and selling of material, and a sister design studio led by a rigorous approach to the possibilities of re-use.
Our warehouse is a refuge for our ever-changing stock – determined by the serendipity of salvage, evolving fashion, tastes, desires and more than a bit of luck. You never quite know what you will find on our website or by walking through our doors. Architectural salvage stock depends on the vagaries of demolition. We try to keep a regular stock of hardwood worktops. Likewise, we always have some good modernist furniture but we also have mad and quirky pieces that no-one else wanted, alongside very desirable pieces that we had to fight for.
Over the years our design team has been involved with a broad cross section of building, both residential and commercial. Projects we take on can be very architectural, others purely decorative, and from 15th century with listed status to contemporary new builds. We always try to incorporate some salvaged material although not always easy to spot if it is usually treated with a modern language.
If you would like to discuss a design project you have in mind, please do contact us via our design pages.