• Tracy Bulla

Currey unveils Shannon Koszyk Collection

Jewelry and lighting designer Shannon Koszyk is debuting her first licensed collection with Currey & Company at this week's High Point Market, encompassing vintage-influenced chandeliers, sconces and candelabras. Much like her eponymous collection, the new line evokes a historical reference point with a decidedly modern attitude.

"I love a good juxtaposition on everything," said Koszyk. "I always take into account feminine and masculine, dark and light, luxury and grit." The launch collection for Currey & Company seamlessly captures these contradictions as well as a feeling of simplicity and pure decadence combined.

Inspired by architecture, extreme tailoring and a feminine undercurrent , Koszyk's roots in design go back a long way. As a student at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco, she landed an internship at Elle magazine and then opened a boutique in Seattle with her sister after graduation. It was a trip to Paris that really sealed her fate, though, when she stumbled upon a cache of vintage religious medals in a flea market and snapped them up. "I didn't know what I was going to do with them, but I had to have them." Those medals eventually became a collection of beaded necklaces and bracelets, which she sold on the spot to the first store she approached.

Koszyk's entry into lighting came when she decided to "improve" an unadorned chandelier in her office by stringing it up with beads and medallions. She took it to a trade show for display only and it promptly sold, encouraging her to seek out antique chandelier bases which she would then re-wire and re-string. Over a year ago, Koszyk approached Currey & Company about buying some of their chandelier bases so she could strip them and sell as her own. This piqued the interest of Currey & Company President Brownlee Currey, and a collaboration was born.

The capsule collection is redolent with religious iconography, such as Coptic crosses, Latin inscriptions, medals, and bronze and brass chains. The Gotham chandelier features a wrought iron frame adorned with Audaces Furnat Invat coins (Latin for Fortune Favors the Bold), while the Vatican sconce unveils a mix of crosses and crucifixes in wrought iron with faceted crystals. The Large Antiquity chandelier mingles wrought iron, matte bone-inspired beads, bronze and brass chains, medals and glass balls for an opulent, yet rustic feel.

Looking ahead, Koszyk is excited about future collections with Currey & Company. "There will be more and I can't wait," she said. "I am thinking more about furniture as well as seasons, color palettes and themes."


Tracy BullaTracy Bulla | Product Editor

Native North Carolinian Tracy Bulla has been Home Accents Today's product editor since 2002. As a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Journalism, Tracy's first foray into reporting involved covering the financial markets. This short-lived enterprise resulted in no great loss to the world of finance when it became apparent that the reporter could not balance her own checkbook. Tracy then followed her lifelong passion for fashion into the glamorous world of design where she is continuously in thrall to the lure of beautiful, well-designed objects of desire. Lo, Tracy's pampered Pekingese, shares her appreciation for exquisite style by choosing to only chew up the most expensively embellished Italian shoes.

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