Buying and selling antiques is a constantly evolving business. To succeed you have to stand out from the crowd. Brown furniture and chintz is dead, and whilst quality still counts, there’s a new hunger for updated and revamped treasures where craftsmanship is key. In this world of re-imagined, antiques, dealer and expert restorer Gary Wallis is King. He describes himself as an ‘Antiques entrepreneur’ and, from their Restoration Yard in picturesque Henley on Thames, he and his team are masters at turning the tired and unloved into high end pieces of art, that are taking the industry by storm.
This series will focus on Gary and his team as they turn the rusty and worn into objects of beauty with a contemporary twist. From furniture, to lighting, to war and car memorabilia to standout retail window pieces and modern stately home dressings, this isn’t just up-cycling, it’s creating breath-taking pieces of art and antiques of the future. Using lost techniques and high end craftsmanship, each episode will follow Gary on his quest to buy items with the hidden potential he is renowned for spotting. We’ll see his network of dealers come to his warehouse and workshop to sell to him as well as following Gary going on buying trips across the UK to root out hidden diamonds in the rough. Each new item Gary buys will be brought into his workshop and either handed to one of his skilled team or taken on by Gary himself, to be re-invented and given a new lease of life.