Tim Byrne is a designer and owner of Get Back, Inc, a retailer offering Vintage American Industrial Furnishings. Tim offers his customers restored vintage pieces as well as his own unique designs, and as a result has gained notoriety with decorators, interior designers and architects. Commissioned to create one of a kind pieces Tim has worked all over the world but is based in an old mill showroom and studio in Connecticut, USA. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Tim Byrne.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My style would be using vintage industrial pieces to create unique pieces of furniture.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
First of all, it has to be something I like. I enjoy my work and basically only do what I like. Creative process, it all depends on what is called for. I’ll walk through my warehouse because it usually gives me great ideas because we have a lot of interesting industrial pieces and I get great ideas from them.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
There isn’t just one that I would pick out. There is a bunch of designers that we love to work with and have great commonality. At the top of the list would be The Office of Thierry W. Despont, LTD. They give us great creative freedom to design our own pieces and to do what we like. I like his work and working with him. Also would be Roman and Williams, Harry Heissmann, Inc., Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects, Inc, Crème Design, Huniford Design Studio. They would be the top people that we have really enjoyed working with.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Relax. Nothing is that important. To get relaxed, just enjoy the whole process and build what I like. Because I love my work and I love what I do. I don’t like to build things that I don’t like. Everything has beauty, it all depends on how you look at it. It’s just the ability to present it and vintage industrial has a lot of things in it that I like. So for me, it’s easy to get inspired.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Basically doing what I love. I love the saying, “If you have a job you like, you never work a day in your life.” My advice, do what you love.