Company C Finds Color & Design Inspiration from Antique Markets
Courtesy of Christine Chapin, Company C.
Every spring, I travel with my design team from Company C to the Sturbridge Vintage Textiles and Brimfield Antique Markets in Massachusetts to scour antique stalls for great finds—vintage home textiles, clothing, antique furniture and more. These fabulous pieces become the inspiration for new rugs, home textiles, and furniture for the company’s colourful new collections.
We kick off each new season by gathering as many swatches, colours, photos and more and tack them onto vision boards. Our design challenge becomes finding stories that “complement” all of our concepts—what looks fresh and new, what may align with trends we’re seeing in the market, and what is a perfect fit for Company C’s colour and design style.
One of our new Company C fall 2018 rugs recently launched at the April High Point Market was inspired by a 1920’s antique shawl handmade in India and found in Brimfield. We played with the unique motifs, scale and colour from the shawl to create a signature Company C rug. The result is Indira, a super colourful and textural hit at market.
The Emma Bedding collection is another example of how the fabulous pieces from the past can bring forth something completely brand new. Inspired by a vintage embroidered quilt, this graceful design in cool and soothing blues is hand printed on crisp, yet soft cotton percale for a modern take on an antique look.
For me, it is all about “the hunt” and finding the perfect vintage reference to work with. Invigorated and inspired by the designs, I love the process of dreaming up new ways to infuse the character of those timeless pieces into our own collection, with fresh colours for today’s market.
Years ago, we found small pieces of very old tapestries at Sturbridge that had beautiful colorations. One of them became our Avalon rug, which has been one of our best-selling hooked rugs for over 10 years. It is a leafy design with saturated shades of blues and aquas—and today this fabulous rug lives in our house on the coast of Maine.
The discovery of vintage references that become the source of fresh, exciting designs that inspire colourful living in the market is what brings us the greatest joy.
Founded in 1994, husband and wife team Walter and Christine Chapin started Company C in a garage behind their New Hampshire home. With Chris’ passion for creating handcrafted, colourful textiles and Walter’s love of business, the two embarked on an entrepreneurial journey. They let colour, design and adventure lead their inspiration and have been bringing exclusive, colourful products to life and delighting customers ever since.
Company C is now a premier design studio and leading manufacturer of exceptional home furnishings, backed by more than 1,400 dealers and designers nationwide. Headquartered in Concord, New Hampshire, the company has two retail stores – a flagship store and retail outlet in Concord, and a storefront in downtown Portland, Maine in the Old Port District.