Design Through My Eyes:

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I adore the intentional and somehow ordered complexity of these jewelry-inspired pieces by Shannon Koszyk for Currey & Company.  I feel transported to a Romanian castle by these fixtures in a way that, ahem, I really like…  The combination of gothic and glam here turns out to be a perfect comment on the dilemma so many of my clients are experiencing–how to update traditional spaces by bringing a glamorous edge to them?  Not only that, but how to modernize a house with traditional bones without being completely untrue to it? Shannon Koszyk has done it courtesy of the vision brought by Brownlee Currey, the company’s President, who told me at High Point this Fall how he came to invite the collaboration… Ms. Koszyk had been ordering chandelier frames with no additional adornment and adding her own jewelry to them.  When he looked further into it, he discovered a great opportunity to bring her on board to design a collection.  My favorite part of this design story is the audacious lengths to which metal frame, hanging beads, and cascading crystals are taken–79 inches long on the large Antiquity Chandelier  to be precise…

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Design Through My Eyes:


This Regina Andrew chandelier was born to anchor a dining room.  I had the opportunity to talk to the line’s co-creator, James Slaven, at market in High Point last month.  He collaborates with the line’s co-creator, who also happens to be his wife, Carla Zajac, on all the designs as well as overseeing their manufacture.  According to him, this design is an updated take on the traditional chandelier in which glass discs with hand-molded appeal replace the usual crystals.  Not only that, but this interpretation inverts at the bottom, undoing the outward movement and openness transmitted by more conventional pieces.  At High Point this October, it was shown against a teal wall. Jimmy says that having spent in time in Detroit seeing many a teal car pass by over time, he had burnt out on the color.  Now, however, he is rediscovering its virtues through his company’s own creative process.