HALO: Carnaby Street Meets Country House Style

The ‘Cool Britannia’ look was everywhere at the bi-annual High Point furniture market in North Carolina this year, but British company HALO has an authentic place in the UK style universe. Since 1976, they’ve been making handcrafted furniture inspired by English heritage — think Carnaby Street meets the lodge-and-country-house look. Their current collection is full of Union Jack upholstery and leather club chairs.

Founded in 1976 by Manchester entrepreneur Major Philip Oulton, the company is now run by his sons, Tim and Charlie. They maintain partnerships and licensing agreements with Esquire Home, Restoration Hardware, and other companies who mix Halo’s vintage masculine look into their collections.

At the HALO showroom in High Point, everything was styled with inventive twists like a bowler hat chandelier and a staircase-turned-library. Their market party featured A Clockwork Orange played on a loop while bartenders dressed in white jumpers and black hats with the signature Malcolm McDowell eyeliner.

Halo products are available to the trade through ABC Carpet & Home in New York and HD Buttercup in Los Angeles.


Located in North Carolina and held twice each year in April and October, High Point Market is “the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world.” The market includes 180 buildings, 10 million square feet of showspace, and over 2,000 exhibitors who exhibit to designers, buyers, press, and industry representatives.

Photos: Sarah Coffey