Primarily based on early 20th century designs, Vaughan’s new Chawton Collection features 25 pieces—ranging from furniture and decorative mirrors to hall lanterns and lamps—that combine classic and contemporary styles. Located in the heart of Hampshire, England, near Vaughan’s factory, the village of Chawton is known for its ancient woodlands and chalky hills. Home to Jane Austen in her later years, Chawton serves as a perfect metaphor for the collection—showcasing the abundance of the natural world while honoring its sense of place and historical context.
BOH caught up with Lucy Vaughan, co-founder of trade lighting, textile and furniture company Vaughan, to discuss the inspiration behind the brand’s newest introduction, the Chawton collection.
What’s the inspiration behind the new collection?
The inspiration for the collection stems from 19th- and 20th-century design, as well as looking back at our preexisting products. Whether it be the shape of a leaf used on a lantern or an antique we’ve treasured for years, it all informs the inspiration for our collections.
Working from home during lockdown also provided a different perspective when creating this collection. It allowed us to consider more deeply the pieces we have around us, and how they add to the feeling of a space. This collection offers a way to bring in a few pieces here and there to build on what already exists, and to further enhance our surroundings.
What piece are you most excited to unveil?
The Broughton bobbin chair is one of the pieces we are most excited to unveil. Available in both a chalk white and meranti wood finish, it harbors a contemporary feel while still maintaining its traditional roots. A piece that contains a lot of character, it incorporates iconic, decorative bobbins on the back, arms and legs.
How does the collection build on or complement your other offerings?
Our prerequisites remain the same: fine craftsmanship, pieces that retain a sense of timelessness, and a real depth in the detail. This collection builds on the momentum of the Eltham collection, where we began to add more furniture pieces to our brand. There are staples in the Chawton collection, such as dining chairs and side tables, that bring about a sense of cohesion to what we offer. Each piece is a real labor of love, and pays homage to our antique dealing days by often centering around an original design.
What about the collection feels fresh and exciting?
The two new colorways of the Menerbes table lamp feel particularly fresh and exciting, and offer a departure from our previous, more traditional tones. Similarly, the Bexley mirror is a much welcomed design, with its elongated curved shape and the decorative beading around the frame.
Tell us about the materials in this collection.
Wood, brass and glass form the majority of the collection, across both the furniture and the lighting. We also have one piece in alabaster, the Chineham table lamp, that really showcases the beauty and organic nature of this stone.
How do you envision designers using this collection?
Combining it with antiques, with contemporary art, with their own unique creative visions. The possibilities are endless, and it will be a joy to see how the pieces come to life in different contexts.