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Lampshades to Love: Top Designers From Across America Create Unique Shades Worthy of a Party

BY // 11.26.18

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.

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