Fairley: My work is built around scale, pattern, specific motifs, which I use over and over, and color. What makes this lighting collection unique to me is the color palette. These fun and bright, saturated colors are not easy to find in lighting.
Originally, I designed the Rothesay lantern for a historic home in Richmond, VA. The space was a center hall about 30 to 40 feet with a 12-foot ceiling. I used a Greek key motif. There’s a pagoda influence at top, so the orignal red was a nod to Asia. At the same time, it was a Richmond show house on the banks of the James River — you can’t be more Americana than that. So my color palette was a play on the traditional red, white and blue. I love the way it turned out. It’s simple, but the scale is significant. I wanted something that could be a showstopper.
We’re making it in a smaller scale for 8- to 9-foot ceilings. We’re also creating it in colors that coordinate with my fabric line, and there’s a wall sconce.
Interior designer and blogger Tobi Fairley
Shown in Benjamin Moore's Daffodil, the Rothesay lantern from Hickory Chair's Tobi Fairley Collection is offered in any paint color, but was originally created in red. www.tobifairley.com