The Northington collection offers a creative mix of new and reimagined designs. Inspired by antique pieces, its lighting and textiles feature either an aesthetic or a finish that makes them contemporary and fresh. Whether updated or brand-new, each style is notable for the exceptional craftsmanship that characterizes the company behind it. From the distinctive sculptural leaves and pitted metalwork of the Montferrat chandelier to the intricate pierced fretwork of the Hawley and Bentworth lanterns, sophisticated techniques give every item its singular identity. With Northington, including its printed and embroidered linens as well as its striking light fixtures, Vaughan continues its tradition of excellence.
Lucy Vaughan, co-founder of the brand, spoke with Business of Home about the collection.
What’s the inspiration behind the new collection?
The Northington collection is named after a village in Hampshire, England, close to both our home and our headquarters in Winchester. Northington has long been connected with my family, and with this heritage and longevity in mind, the pieces we have designed to launch this autumn evoke the same sentiment—timeless design and enduring quality, rarely affected by fleeting trends.
What was the starting point for this collection?
Outdoor lighting has always been integral to Vaughan, and this season we’ve introduced six new fixtures for exteriors: four lanterns and two wall lights. Starting outdoors provided an excellent jumping-off point from which to then work our way inside the home with indoor lighting and new textiles.
What piece are you most excited to unveil?
The Hawley lantern, which is one of the new outdoor fixtures. It’s based on an original antique and has intricate fretwork, beveled glass panels and a fluted roof. It comes in a rich new copper-bronze finish. I’m also thrilled to see our new textiles, which include a hand embroidery called Nimos and four printed linen patterns.
How do you feel this collection pushes the brand forward?
Through its versatility. For example, we love the flexibility of the Buriton flush ceiling and wall light. Combining hand-finished natural alabaster with turned solid brass buttons, the light can be installed on the ceiling or the wall—it’s interchangeable. It’s also ADA compliant, which is so helpful. As always, sustainability is at the forefront of our designs. More than 90 percent of Vaughan products are made from recyclable materials. Our products are crafted predominantly from brass, glass, alabaster, wood and ceramic, all easily and readily recyclable. We continue to prioritize sustainability in the Northington collection.
How does the collection build on or complement your other offerings?
The Vaughan look has a sense of timelessness such that pieces may appear to have been curated and collected from around the world and over the years. The Northington collection carries on that curated story, complementing our existing range and giving it a contemporary twist. That said, we have reimagined a few Vaughan classics: the Montferrat chandelier now comes in a scaled-down three-light version, and the Farnham desk lamp is derived from the eponymous floor lamp. Furthermore, our Zurich lantern has been transformed into an outdoor light. It’s hard to believe they haven’t always been part of our product line!
What about the collection feels fresh and exciting?
The Bartley downlight is a new architectural fixture that was designed to be a chic, subtle and streamlined light source in our signature bronze finish. The new textiles are also fresh, and while they are complementary to other Vaughan fabrics, they bring a sense of playfulness, from the color palettes in Maritsa and Patmos to the sophisticated complexity of Bihar and Kerala, which have been reinterpreted as new patterns from one original document piece.
Tell us about the materials in this collection. Are there certain materials used throughout and/or a material that is a highlight on a particular piece?
The copper-bronze finish that we’ve applied to two of the new outdoor lanterns, Axford and Hawley, is an exciting addition. The patina is achieved by starting with a base material of copper sheet, which is oxidized to give it a stunning effect.
How do you envision designers using this collection?
Considering that we have such a wide range in Northington, with everything from textiles to chandeliers, charming new wall lanterns and outdoor lighting, I’m excited to see how designers might use the pieces together to create spaces that have their own unique identities. Interior designers bring the collections to life!
Can the collection be customized? What kind of options are possible?
We offer various modifications on certain products, which we hope are helpful. For instance, the standard new Axford lantern is comes with a chain, but a fixed rod kit can be ordered and fitted separately.