Magazine stylist Fiona Gould has created her own furniture collection using marble and Venetian plaster, after studying how to create unique finishes herself by hand.
Fiona’s eight-year career as a stylist, most recently as Home Beautiful’s style editor, has seen her take a key role in shaping interior trends within the Australian landscape. She was inspired to release a collection that spoke to her signature style with a focus on natural materials, clean, organic forms and a timeless European aesthetic.
Inspired by her Italian heritage, Chelon’s name is taken from Fiona’s maiden name Michelon, with her love for Mediterranean style really driving her vision for the brand.
She makes all the Venetian plaster elements herself, using a labour intensive, speciality textural finish. “I wanted to bring a luxurious textural element to the base of our Camille tables and have always adored the lustrous effect Venetian plaster gives,” she says. “The plaster finish is a blend of raw texture and a marble-like lustre, for a luxurious result that dances in the light and is beautiful to touch.
“There is a real art to working with Venetian plaster and I spent months studying and learning from top plaster artisans to perfect the exact look we wanted to achieve. It’s such a gorgeous versatile material that I think is highly underused in the furniture industry.”
Chelon also offers bespoke design solutions, providing custom sizes, colours and shapes from stone and Venetian plaster, in addition to other materials made by local artisans.