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Reclaiming Style - Using salvaged materials to create an elegant home [Hardcover]

Adam Hills , Maria Speake
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1 Oct 2012
Adam Hills and Maria Speake, the partners behind architectural salvage and design business Retrouvius, combine their salvage work with one of the most sought-after interior design practices in Britain. Reclaiming Style goes with them behind the scenes, from the demolition site to the warehouse to the process of designing with reclaimed materials. Charted over twelve locations, ranging from a 17th-century cottage to a converted barn to a 1970s towerblock apartment, the company's unique style goes far beyond a mere commitment to salvage and sustainable design and offers an inspiring new vision for sophisticated, thoughtfully constructed living spaces.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small; First Edition edition (1 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849752672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849752671
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 22.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The brains behind salvage and design..." --Evening Standard - December 2012

"Must Read - Reclaimed Style by Adam Hills and Maria Speake offers essential inspiration for anyone looking to introduce architectural salvage into their home. Their new book follows 12 projects undertaken by their design practice Retrovious." --Grand Designs magazine

"This book shows how to get more out of less by looking at reclaim as a valuable source of heritage and character. Illustrated through 12 of the designers projects, you'll soon learn to sort the flash from the trash and how to incorporate someone else's past to create your own fabulous future home." --Sunday Mail - October 2012

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Maria Speake and Adam Hills met while studying architecture in Glasgow. They moved to London in 1997 and opened the Retrouvius warehouse on a dilapidated stretch of the Harrow Road. Lovers of salvaged materials soon began to beat a path to their door, and this led to the establishment of their design practice, which refurbishes domestic interiors using salvaged materials to entirely unique effect.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Aesthetics of Salvage 13 Mar 2013
This book, "Reclaiming Style" profiles Retrouvius, the witty name of an architectural salvage and innovative design business in north London.
The authors are a husband and wife team, who began their mission when both were architectural students in Glasgow, where they were witness to the desecration and demolition of many fine Victorian buildings.

The book is in two parts. The first part shows the range of salvaged materials in their warehouse, much of which in the past often ended in landfill sites.
The second part highlights some of the recent design projects, and the metamorphosis that happens where salvaged materials are utilised. The stone flooring of Heathrow Terminal 2 has a new lease of life as bathroom walling.
Elsewhere wooden pilasters from a church make streamlined kitchen cabinets and car-factory lighting graces an elegant high ceilinged dining room.

The projects are wide and varied, ranging from a modest garden cabin to a medieval priory, a Georgian farmhouse and a high-rise London flat
amongst others. What is clear is the rapport that has to take place with the client. The many splendid photographs amply do justice to the book, reflecting the dialogue between, client and designer.

Perhaps the publisher's decision to give a sub-title to the book, "Using Salvaged Materials to create an elegant home" was a mistake, suggesting a DIY book. This book belongs more to the realm of 'The World of Interiors'.

If you admire the ethics of recycling ........and possess aesthetic sensibilities, this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking 4 Oct 2013
By Mike
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Cracking read, loads of great ideas in there, it doesnt show you how to do things but shows you what you could do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spending your money at Retrouvius 25 Jan 2013
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
To be fair, the cover of this book does say clearly it is by "Adam Hill and Maria Speake of Retrouvius". However, I wasn't expecting it to be quite so shameless. There are repeated eulogies to Maria in the text, who is referred to in the third person as if the book was by someone else. (Amazingly, for an interior designer, she listens to her clients and, if they want blue and red, doesn't force them to have beige and grey because they ought to like it.) This is not what we have bought the book for. A great deal of the text is about Retrouvius, and though it is interesting to read how this pioneer in the world of salvage yards originated, and about some of their more wacky and intriguing bulk purchases - laboratory benches from schools and colleges, cupboards from museums and acres of limestone from airports are among the bulkier additions to stock - the title promises "Reclaiming Style" and I was hoping for something of more general use and interest.

The cover and opening pages show very wacky stuff using old pallet timber; promising. But many of the interiors featured hide their salvage origins and look like any expensive modern room, with the emphasis on the elegance not on the clever use of the reclaimed. Most of us nowadays are not that astonished to be told that rotten floorboards were replaced with old salvaged ones (rather than chipboard?) and where they came from is of only marginal interest. There isn't a lot here to inspire the practical punter with a talent for DIY to reuse materials which would otherwise go to waste, and I suspect much of the most desirable material shown is always going to be an expensive, rather than a budget, option.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Rustic Ideas and Home Design 19 Jun 2013
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Great Book for Rustic Ideas and Home Design! Enough said... if you like reclaiming, and rustic, this book is for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 17 May 2013
By William M. Park - Published on Amazon.com
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A great no kidding approach on how to turn trash in to nice practical treasures for your home. Loved it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Inspiring 15 Dec 2013
By Linda - Published on Amazon.com
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The images and ideas presented in this book are very creative and inspiring> The style is very mid_century modern<but with a contemporary twist< so that the rooms don"t look like period pieces>
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