One of the thrills of pursuing vintage is learning about different styles and the history behind pieces.  My undergraduate degree is in theatre arts (talk about supportive parents!) and then I came back to reality and got a Master’s in education.  I can definitely see cross-over in my theatre arts studies with design, but I have no formal training in interior design, art history, antiques, etc.  I learn as I go, and that’s half the fun.

Last week I picked up these amazing chairs.

Brighton Style Chairs at Pursuing Vintage

I knew when I saw them that they were fantastic, but what should I call them besides “rattan”?  And then I found similar chairs labeled “Brighton” or “Brighton Style”.  So, what the heck is Brighton?  I had to find out.

I’ve done a lot of European traveling, but have never been to England.  Perhaps if I had, I would have known this already.  Brighton, or the Royal Pavilion, is a former royal residence, primarily associated with George IV (1762-1830) and located in Brighton, England.  “The Royal Pavilion is also home to some of the finest collections and examples of the chinoiserie style in Britain” (Brighton website).

Royal Pavilion, Brighton – via Timetravel Britain

Note the Indo-Saracenic style of the building’s architecture.

Dining Room – via Morgan & Jane’s Excellent Adventure

The dining room features panels adorned with Asian figures.

The Long Room, Brighton – via Victoriana

The Long Room is covered in pink chinoiserie!  You can barely see the “Brighton style” chairs just past the fireplace.

Staircase detail at Brighton via Austen Only

Hello, bamboo!

Brighton Bamboo Stairs

Bamboo Staircase via Austen Only

Stunning bamboo staircase.

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The Long Hall at Royal Pavilion via Brimstone Butterfly

Another look at the Long Hall, in all its pink and gold glory.

Royal Pavilion Kitchen via Brimstone Butterfly

Even the kitchen has chinoiserie decor – exotic “trees” and a pagoda fireplace/oven.

Brighton Men’s Banyan via Royal Pavilion & Brighton Museums

I know several women who would love a robe like this – but it is made for a man.  See the close-up detail below.

Brighton Men’s Banyan via Austen Only


There is a lot of interesting history associated with Brighton – more than I can go into here.  But I encourage  you to take a peek at The Royal Pavilion, Museums & Libraries website.  I know the Royal Pavilion will be added to my bucket list!

I’d love to know if you’ve been to Brighton, and your thoughts!




2 replies
  1. Barb
    Barb says:

    What a great post. Thanks for education me a bit more on England…one of my favorite places! One more site to visit on my next trip across the pond.

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