WILLIAMSBURG, Va.–Williamsburg has announced its newest licensing venture: a lighting line with Robert Abbey. Launching at High Point Market, the collection will feature 12 lighting families that incorporate a sophisticated, contemporary take on 18th-century design. Robert Abbey shows in space W244 in the International Home Furnishings Center.
Inspiration for the line stems from period pattern books, molded brick chimneys and elaborate chair details, with rich colors and bold shapes, Williamsburg said. The black crystal Dunmore lamp, for example, is based on the splat of a Virginia-made chair, while the Ming Lamp is in the shape of a crystal and glass pagoda, both of which are rooted in 18th-century global chic themes, it added. The color palette includes such shades as Mayo Teal, Carter Gray and Parrot Green, which come from Benjamin Moore’s historically authentic Williamsburg Color collection. Available at retail in November, the line will retail between $250-$750.
“We are delighted to work with the incredibly talented design team at Robert Abbey,” said Liza Gusler, product manager, Williamsburg. “They appreciate that the proportions, shapes, colors and textures of architecture and furnishings seen in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City have timeless appeal.”
Ken Wilkinson, president of Robert Abbey, added, “Colonial Williamsburg is recognized the world over for the part it played in the American Revolution and our country’s history. It is our hope that we can play a part in the efforts to maintain and preserve this treasured historic landmark. Our objective was to take inspiration from elements from the 18th century and make them fashionable for today’s lifestyle. Our entire team is extremely proud to be chosen to develop and produce lighting products for the Williamsburg brand.”