CRAFTSMANSHIP & FINISHING

The true authenticity of Chalon furniture reflects the exceptional mastery of craftsmen. Passed from generation to generation, these skills, recognised by The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, demonstrate our ability to deliver designs offering superb balance between atmosphere, style and originality.

Chalon’s background in antique furniture restoration has resulted in a fine collection of freestanding furniture based on original antique pieces predominantly from the 18th & 19th Centuries. Our skilled craftsmen use only traditional cabinet details such as pegged mortice and tenon joints for increased strength and stability, solid wood shelves with dog tooth shelf supports, timber cross rails and dove tail joints for drawer boxes. These features, along with the shaping of our curved doors, all help to set Chalon apart from the mainstream ‘modular’ furniture in creating a distinctive and recognisable house style that has been growing in reputation since the company’s foundation well over 30 years ago.

Crafted from Quebec Yellow Pine with oak, maple, walnut or stone surfaces, each piece can be finished with our unique paint technique, the Chalon signature perfected over many years and which remains a well-kept company secret.

All the cabinet making and paint finishing is carried out in our workshops in Hambridge in the South West of England. Many of the company’s craftsmen were trained in the workshops and Chalon continues to train new furniture makers.

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Unique paint finishes

The unique Chalon colour palette is based on the wonderful faded paints of original Georgian antique furniture pieces. The painted finish is built up in layers by hand from the initial staining of timber through the application and build-up of colour to the final protective coats. In all, a typical piece of furniture will have around 9 coats of finish to achieve the depth of finish akin to that of an original antique.

Our distinctive distressed finishes have been developed through the careful reproduction of original Georgian painted furniture which has been worn through

the ages. This aspect was recognised by Chalon and used to create the various levels of distressing now offered on all our furniture collections (from level 1, no distressing, through to level 4, heavily distressed).

This hand work in the construction and finishing of all our products means that there remains a desirable individuality from item to item that gives the Chalon character to our exceptional range of furniture. This encapsulates the reason why Chalon kitchens and freestanding furniture, although sometimes copied, are never equalled.