While the term "Chateau style" connotes images of fairytale-like 16th & 17th century castles dotted along the sylvan Loire River in central France, the aesthetic is more broadly representative of a mix of late Gothic and Italian Renaissance influences. Collectively, these gave birth to a paradox of architectural and cultural sensibilities that defined the French Renaissance: stateliness and playfulness, symmetry and frivolity, sophistication and whimsy, restraint and excess.
It's no wonder, then, that today's interpretation of Chateau style encompasses a wide array of looks. Our Chateau collection pays tribute to this range, and we showcase five dimensions below.
Largely associated with classic Chateau style, crystals weren't broadly popularized in the decorative arts until the 17th century reign of Louis XIV (who was, in fact, the original owner of the 45-carat Hope diamond). Hammerton Chateau fixtures use crystal accents in several different styles, as shown here.
Decorative arts representative of the Chateau era glorified the elaborate ornamentry popularized during the Italian Renaissance, with details like scrollwork and egg-and-dart motifs reaching back to classic Greek and Roman architecture. Hammerton Chateau fixtures broadly interpret these elements to suit a wide range of interior styles, as shown here.
The castles of France's Loire Valley were considered "chateaux de plaisance", or country homes. Botanical fabrics and organic-inspired details in both architecture and furnishings of the era nodded to pastoral surroundings and a more relaxed and playful country lifestyle. We've captured this spirit in a number of our Chateau designs, including the two above. Left: CH9238, right, ID9249.
The multi-tiered arm-laden rings of large scale Chateau style light fixtures hail the symmetry, proportion and geometry of the era's architecture, and reflect its obsession with an ordered regularity of parts. Hammerton designs incorporate this aesthetic in a wide range of interpretive styles, from Gothic-inspired to contemporary. Most are offered in both single and multi-tiered fixtures.
Exterior lighting is a more modern invention, but several fixtures from the Hammerton Chateau collection bring the same decorative elements and detail to the great outdoors. All are available in high performance AAMA 2604 architectural powder coat finishes, which provide the highest standard of UV and corrosion resistance.
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