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Generation to generation of providing supreme craftsmanship from one of Britain’s leading handcrafted kitchens and furniture brand.

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Emulating Elegance Since 1978

The Chalon family founded the kitchen company we know today as an antique restoration business in 1978. In 1981, the business was moved to its current site at the Old Hambridge Mill, at Hambridge, in the midst of the Somerset Levels (in South West England). Michael and Rose Chalon began producing furniture designed to emulate the classic elegance of 18th and 19th Century English furniture. Their bold and open styling was complemented by a unique paint effect developed to provide a distressed finish as if each piece had naturally aged in an English country house.

Today, under new ownership, our craftsmen continue to develop and evolve the Chalon portfolio. Predominantly English in style, our designs have been flavoured by particular influences from France, Scandinavia and Ireland to develop a distinctive house style.

Whilst concentrating on kitchens, the Chalon range has been extended from its origins in freestanding furniture to include dining rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, studies, and libraries – every room of the home. In more recent years, kitchen trends have seen Chalon develop furniture for utility rooms and pantries, as well as integrating the modern appliances that are required for today’s living. Complementary products such as lighting were added to the portfolio in 2010.

Since the company’s foundation over 40 years ago, the Chalon brand’s reputation has grown and now receives global recognition. Through its own and partner showrooms, the company has a presence in each of the key regions of the UK and has a number of agents representing Chalon overseas. The company is looking to expand its international focus and is working closeley with its international partners.

Our History

1978

The Chalon Family, a local family from Somerset start their antique restoration business.

1981

The Chalon business is moved to its current, distinctive home: The Old Hambridge Mill, in Hambridge, Somerset.

1983

The unique Chalon painting, polishing and finishing process is perfected – some 40 years later, this is still often copied, but never emulated.

1985

Chalon employ local craftsmen and the finest quality materials, moving their focus from antique furniture into kitchens.

1987

As the company grows and starts to make a name for itself at the quality end of the kitchen market, their handcrafted ethos is maintained.

1989

Whilst kitchens start to become the significant part of their portfolio, Chalon’s distinctive freestanding, heritage pieces of furniture remain in demand.

1991

Chalon’s distressed paint effect becomes an ever popular choice, providing new pieces of furniture with an aged appearance so as to blend in with a client’s existing furniture.

The company’s flagship King’s Road, London showroom is opened.

1994

The Chalon freestanding kitchen concept is cemented, highlighting the company’s unique position in the kitchen market.

1996

This freestanding concept is often accentuated by the choice of different paint colours around the kitchen. A mix of painted and polished finishes is another Chalon hallmark.

1999

Throughout the 1990s, colour choices were dominated by darker, period colours – some of the distinctive Chalon greens were popular around this point

2000

Chalon kitchens are made to order and can easily be adapted to fit the requirements of any particular room.

The company opens its Head Office showroom in Hambridge, Somerset.

2008

The company celebrates 30 years of handcrafting the best quality kitchens and furniture.

2011

Chalon’s new Vintage colour palette is an instant hit, enjoying widespread demand and ensuring another exclusive addition to the paint range.

2014

Chalon mixes all of their own paints – a selection of blues remain an important part of the colour palette.

2018

Chalon celebrates it’s 40th Year

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