Lampshades to Love: Top Designers From Across America Create Unique Shades Worthy of a PartyBY Shelby Hodge // 11.26.18
Emma Vaughan and firm founder Lucy Vaughan employ Milas fabric gathered on the popular Pembroke shade for the Made in the Shade campaign, photo by Georgina Viney
Michael Smith of Los Angeles with the hand-painted Japanese Arita blue and white Imari porcelain table lamp dressed in a custom-made, softly shirred shade in my Jasper Bangalore floral fabric, photo by Karola Sanchez
Houston's Ginger Barber with Vaughan's Truro Twig floor lamp, photo by Laurie Perez
Detail of Ginger Barber's design for Vaughan's Truro Twig floor lamp, photo by Laurie Perez
Denver's Ramey Caulkins of Griffin Design Source selected a modern toile shade for the Gourd Vase lamp in tortoiseshell, photo by Nic Daughtry
Vaughan's Gourd Vase in tortoiseshell is paired with a modern toile shade by Ferrick Mason, photo by Nic Daugherty
Dania, Florida, resident Leta Austin Foster's creation for a pair of Barley Twist Candlestick lamps, photo Jon Selvey
Dallas' Cathy Kincaid created a hand-sewn shade for the Yuan underglaze jar lamp, photo by Neri James
Cathy Kincaid of Dallas
Atlanta's William McLure designs a shade for Vaughan's bronze Zaragoza table lamp, photo by Armanko Photography
William McLure of Atlanta, photo by Armanko Photograhpy
Joanna Gick of Scottsdale's J&J Design Group with Vaughan's Evry tripod lamp, photo by Yannik Apers
Detail of Joanna Gick's lampshade design, photo by Yannik Apers
Boston's Becky Bratt and Augusta Mayer with the Montana Sculptural table lamp with a shade made from Zimmer + Rohde fabric , photo by Glenn Kulbako
The Boston duo dressed the shade in trim from Samuel and Sons, photo by Glenn Kulbako
The shade by Shelley Johnstone of Chicago for Vaughan's Lotus Leaf lamp, photo by Francis Son
Shelley Johnstone with her lampshade design
Andrew Flesher of Minneapolis employs Fortuny fabrics in the shade for the Aswan ceramic table lamp, photo by Laura Bergman
New York's Sasha Bikoff and her favorite Vaughan lamp, the Lutry Rock Crystal Ball lamp, photo by Carlos Ledesma
Detail of Sasha Bikoff's lampshade, photo by Carlos Ledesma
Toronto's Philip Mitchell Design for the Bolzano table lamp, photo by Jasmine deBoer
Philip Mitchell's Bolzano table lamp features an embroidered linen shade. Photo by Jasmine deBoer
Seattle designers Melissa Warner Rothblum and Julie Massucco Kleiner of Massucco Warner Miller chose Vaughan's Zermatt Crystal table lamp, Photo by Klear Photography
The Massucco Warner Miller's team dressed the Christopher Farr shade in silk trim.
Vaughan's Zermatt Crystal table lamp, photo by Klear Photography
Tracy Morris of Hines & Co. in Washington DC, with the Hardwick table lamp, photo by Alexis Brown Photography
Detail of the Tracy Morris' leather with velvet and linen trim shade, photo by Alexis Brown Photography
Tucker & Mark's Suzanne Tucker of San Francisco selected the Square Vase Lamp to dress in an embroidered linen shade.
Suzanne Tucker lampshade detail, Andrew Soto Photography
What came first, the lamp or the lampshade? It all depends on the creative bent of the designer. Vaughan, the internationally-recognized designers and manufacturers of decorative lighting, furnishings and accessories, embraced the lamp-came-first oeuvre in a recent charitable challenge driven by a stunning collection of unique lampshades.
With its Made in the Shade campaign benefiting the global nonprofit Watts of Love, Vaughan, which is to the trade, tasked 15 designers from around the country to create a shade for their favorite Vaughan lamp, which was then displayed in the firm’s showrooms around the country in November.
The result was a whimsical collection of shades from designers as close to home as Dallas’ Cathy Kincaid Interiors and Houston’s Ginger Barber Interior Design and as distant as designers from Toronto and San Francisco. The Texas designers both showed their designs in the George Cameron Nash showrooms in their respective cities.
Kincaid created a hand-sewn shade for the Yuan underglaze jar lamp. “Beautiful hand sewn lampshades in curated fabrics, such as this Aleta fabric, bring out the beauty of the lamp,” she noted in a statement.
Barber chose Vaughan’s Truro Twig floor lamp for her subject. “My love for animals, particularly horses, inspires so many of my projects and it was the driving force for this project as well,” Barber noted. “I wanted this piece to reflect my work with Habitat for Horses and my love of the great Texas outdoors. I incorporated a tree-like base, animals on the shade and tied it together using harmonizing, natural colors over all.
“This project is a glimpse into the inspiration and message behind all of my design work”
Founder of her namesake firm, Lucy Vaughan and daughter Emma Vaughan created their own limited edition lampshades for the project, gathering one of the best selling fabrics, Milas, onto the popular Pembroke shade frame. The result is a whimsical shade available in all Vaughan showrooms with proceeds going to Watts of Love.
Adding to the fundraising prowess of the campaign was the silent auction of all specially-created lampshades as well as $1 contributed for every hashtag mention in social media.