Full disclosure this post was supposed to be featured legitimately one year ago. An. Entire. Year.... Which is terrible. But I first discovered The Vintage Vogue through the West Elm Local program. She had her trays and coaster for sale at the 14th St location and I obviously snagged a tray. What drew me to Charlotte's work was how minimal it was but also how well crafted. The smooth finish and beautifully selected wood piece that each was made of was really something totally different.
Once I reached out to learn more about her and her amazing work, I found something else about Charlotte that I love and is so refreshing in the creative industry - honesty and a desire to stay on task and put her work first. Like most that I reach out to for collaborations and blog features, she was excited and so touched, but was totally honest about the timing in getting our interview done. I tend to sometimes in work get distracted by the shiniest object in the room so I really admired her desire to focus on what she had on her docket before sharing more information about her work with me. See below for what she shared!
EC: You have an architecture background, correct? How does hat directly impact the finished product of your work?
VV: My designs tend to be very linear and minimal. I often work in AutoCAD, which I learned while in college. It’s so natural for me, like pen to paper. Also, my pieces focus mainly on form and structure.
EC: You style/palate are very minimalist. What draws you to that?
VV: I just think there’s something beautiful about letting things speak for themselves - natural wood, a single line. I’m a quiet, somewhat introverted person by nature, and I think that is reflected in what I do. I don’t do loud and jarring because I am not that way. I also think it makes the pieces I create look more unified and the composition of the different elements layer well and reference each other.
EC: Most of your work is circular. Is there something behind that?
VV: I LOVE circles. I have this thing with circular mirrors especially. The softness of a circle, juxtaposed with linear and geometric designs have always been fascinating to me and I continue to explore that.
EC: Who inspires you?
VV: I am inspired by designers who have found a way to elevate utilitarian objects into pieces of art. Some of these people/studios include Lindsey Adelman, Ariele Alasko, Kelly Wearstler, Fort Standard, WKNDLA.
EC: Can you share any information on upcoming pieces/projects?
I am delving into the world of stained glass. I’m so excited I can hardly contain it. I’m hoping to develop sculptural forms as well as wall hung pieces.
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