Once you understand the basic approaches to using a salvaged door, the whole process becomes much less intimidating; so our expert design team has helped put together this simple guide.
News & Views
02 March 2022
03 February 2022
13 December 2021
Retrouvius FARMHOUSE - featured in The World of Interiors, November 2021 (pictures here Michael Sinclair, Theo Tennant)
23 September 2021
The latest evolution of our design team's project for Dashing Tweeds' Guy & Natasha Hills and family is published in the October issue of Elle Decor.
15 April 2021
Country Life interiors editor, Giles Kime, in conversation with three experts in architecture and interior design; Maria Speake, Max Rollitt an Tom Bartlett, as they discuss Soane’s use of architectural detail and form and the influence it has on their own work and today’s interiors.
Inspired by Soane: Architectural Detail and Form
15 April 2021
Retrouvius are thrilled to be included in Phaidon's new publication — an authoritative global survey of the best and most creative interior designers and decorators working today
15 April 2021
Our latest newsletter celebrates little loos.
Garden Soirées are back on the cards as lockdown eases(in the UK) and these tiny rooms offer perfect relief to visiting guests.
12 April 2021
Our showroom and warehouse has now re-openend in line with UK government guidelines
Open 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday
Please make an appointment before visiting and we ask that you wear a face mask to cover mouth and nose
Indicating the type of stock you are interested in will ensure we are available to help
19 March 2021
Maria in conversation with Homes & Garden's Sarah Spiteri, with Russell Sage and Sebastian Cox
11 March 2021
Behind the Door is a new campaign to tackle the issues faced by women and families experiencing homelessness in the UK: an increasing but under-resourced problem.
Fashion designer, Anya Hindmarch, food writer, Skye McAlpine, interior designer, Maria Speake, luxury wallpaper studio, de Gournay, artist, Amy Revier, textile designer Catarina Riccabona and establishments such as MATCHESFASHION and Claridges, are some of the brands and creatives who have donated items to the Behind the Door auction. The auction, which is open to all, will support Behind the Door’s creative, community, and frontline activity.
The auction opens on Friday 19 March and will last until 25 March 2021 and will help to fund the creative, community and frontline activity of our Behind the Door campaign.
11 March 2021
These Belgian made tiles are dead stock from the 1970's and were probably made for domestic use. We love that they were fashionable at one time and the popularity for their look faded - yet remarkably they have sat unused for decades until Adam chanced upon them.
06 January 2021
6th January 2021
The Retrouvius warehouse operates online only — please contact us by phone or email for all enquires, collection & deliveries.
Adam is always available on 07778210855
1016 Harrow Road
Kensal Green, London NW10 5NS
+44(0)20 8960 6060
Our design team continue to work remotely
10 November 2020
Our latest batch of lamps celebrate the geological breadth and variety of stone found in the UK - from the richly coloured Polyphant of Cornwall, Dorset's Purbeck stone and alabasters, Lincolnshire Ancasters to Derbyshire limestones.
06 November 2020
In alignment with UK Government guidelines, from Thursday 5th November RETROUVIUS will be operating online only.
The shop will be closed.
Our warehouse is open and we can arrange delivery to customers or collection with a prearranged timeslot.
21 October 2020
The New Craftsmen presents Ways of Seeing
Last week's panel discussion at The New Craftsmen ft. Maria Speake (Retrouvius), Aimee Betts (Textile Maker) and Gareth Neal (Furniture Maker).
Moderated by Emma Crichton-Miller (The Design Edit)
Filmed by Fraser Stephen
Illustration by Caroline Aitken
17 September 2020
This Autumn, The New Craftsmen presents ‘Ways of Seeing’: a collaborative project bringing together maker and interior designer. The New Craftsmen will invite three prestigious interior designer studios - Maria Speake, Founder of Retrouvius; Emma Burns, Senior Design Director at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler; and Sasha von Meister and Tom Bartlett, Directors of Waldo Works - to explore the different ways they view and value craft.
04 September 2020
Adam & Maria's rooftop 1970's built and recently refreshed home is featured in the October issue of the WoI
31 July 2020
Our striking kitchen using remnant Victorian shelving to geomtric effect is featured in the current Elle Decoration UK, a kitchen special.
15 June 2020
15th June 2020
In line with Government policy the Retrouvius shop is now open again.
Hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm.
Saturdays are, for the time being, by appointment only. Please email us or call our sales office on 02089 606 060 to make an appointment.
Adam is always available on 07778210855.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.