What’s the inspiration behind the new collection?
The Bramdean collection is launching at an auspicious time in Vaughan history, as we enter our 40th anniversary year. From our beginnings, our design work has almost always been inspired by nature, and the Bramdean collection is no exception. It includes new lighting, furniture and mirrors. The designs range from Imari vase table lamps with delicate hand-painted birds and floral motifs to the Timsbury table lamp, which was modeled in clay from a piece of white flint I found in our fields in Hampshire, England. The collection also debuts six new tables in natural wood, echoing the styles of the arts and crafts and aesthetic movements. I am particularly fond of the Penwood table, in the shape of a four-leaf clover, which is a universal symbol of good fortune and celebrates our four decades of design.
What was the starting point for this collection?
I would say that a jumping-off point might be the new, hand-painted, Imari-style porcelain table lamps. The art of hand-painting porcelain goes back to the 17th century, and we work with some of the most highly skilled master craftspeople to ensure our lamps uphold the traditions of technique while also adding new and original pieces to the range.
What pieces are you most excited to unveil?
The addition of the two-tiered version of the Stratton chandelier is exciting—we know our designers are eager for ceiling lights. We are proud of the precision in the engineering on these and the complementary Candover wall lights. The Stratton chandelier is inspired by classic French design of the mid-1940s and can be incorporated into almost any scheme. I am also excited to be launching the Silchester bamboo floor lamp, a piece that is tailored and timeless.
How do you feel this collection pushes the brand forward?
The Bramdean collection is our largest to date, and each piece has a strong sense of both history and individuality. One of our forward-thinking initiatives is sustainability, and the collection exemplifies our commitment to that. Using energy-efficient LED technology in many of our designs, 90 percent of Vaughan products are made from recyclable materials such as solid brass, wood and glass. We aim to reduce, reuse and recycle to minimize our carbon footprint and impact on the environment.
How does the collection build on or complement your other offerings?
The Bramdean collection is a natural extension and evolution of the Vaughan brand. Comprised of new options in lighting, furniture and mirrors, it embodies our high standards and invigorates our sense of eclecticism. The new products will fit seamlessly into a variety of interiors in distinct ways.
What about the collection feels fresh and exciting?
While we have always worked in the finest Spanish and Italian alabaster, the new scale of both the Shoreham table lamp and Drummond wall lights feels fresh and modern to me. It is also fascinating to see the resurgence in our clients’ affinity for hand-painted Imari table lamps. For example, the floral famille verte table lamp maintains the historic precedent of the hand-painted method while reimagining it on the gourd-shaped porcelain with the contemporary hexagonal accent.
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?
Authenticity is of paramount importance to us at Vaughan. We have fostered genuine relationships with our craftspeople, employees and designers around the world and over the years. In that same vein, we feel that authenticity in materials is part of what makes those relationships work. We use real wood because it is grounding, solid cast brass because it has heft, earthenware, alabaster and porcelain. Real hands work on our designs, and that comes through in these natural materials in an organic way. The Ditcham table lamp in particular is one that stands out—made from earthenware, with a drip-effect studio glaze that renders each lamp unique.
How do you envision designers using this collection?
There are 40 new designs in the Bramdean collection, and they are united by the common threads of authentic materials, inspiration from nature and the influence of various styles and periods. All of this culminates in an eclectic but cohesive range. Designers will be able to incorporate the collection into a myriad of luxury interiors.