Currey unveils Shannon Koszyk Collection
October 22, 2013,
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 Much like her eponymous collection, the new line evokes a historical reference point with a decidedly modern attitude.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.
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."
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