December 10, 2020

Kevin and Charlie Dumais Harness the Spirit of New England in Their Just-Launched Studio Brand


Interior designer Kevin Dumais and his husband, lighting designer Charlie Dumais, began making lamps as a hobby. Now, the couple has a full-blown studio and e-commerce brand: Dumais Made. Inspired by vintage pottery, new plug-in sconces and floor and table lamps with textured finishes—one achieved using an old ravioli pin, another imprinted with a waffled effect via a Danish cookie roller—were developed during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Pale mid-century green, ochre, and metallic glazes hand-mixed in their Litchfield, Connecticut, workshop join other local materials such as clay from Sheffield, Massachusetts, and kraft paper, parchment, or linen shades sourced in New Jersey and New York. Each lamp and fixture takes 6 to 12 hours to make. Look closely and you might even spy a barely-there fingerprint—the indelible mark of the maker.

Charlie Dumais.
Pins used to create textured finishes.

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