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High Point Furniture Market is fast approaching and I will be leaving for my Fall Market trip there next week.  In preparation for my trip, I will be sharing some of my favorite new lines before anyone else has a chance to see them. Today I am bringing you the edgy designs of Shannon Koszyk, jewelry designer-turned home furnishings designer.


When I was a jewelry buyer for Neiman Marcus many years back, I had the pleasure of buying artisan jewelry and meeting some of the most artistic and eclectic people you could ever imagine.  So when I attended the Dallas Gift Market last year, I was introduced to another great jewelry designer, Shannon Koszyk by the folks at Currey and Co.and purchased a necklace for moi and a bracelet for my husbands’ birthday.  When the pieces arrived, I was ecstatic.


Weighty, onyx beads and a beautiful cross along with brass and mixed metal fittings for my necklace.  My husbands bracelet was a brass vertabrae bracelet and he gets so many compliments on it every day.



A year later and Shannon is launching her first lighting line collaboration with Currey and Co. next week.  Shannon has a great story and background and has designed jewelry (and now lighting) for celebrities and customers in her Seattle studio since 2007.  I had a chance to chat with Shannon and got a little insight on what makes her tick.


D:  Where you do most draw inspiration for your designs?


S:  I get my inspiration from couture fashion, music, history and architecture.  I always try to incorporate feminine and masculine, dark and light, luxury and grit.  I love a good juxtaposition.


D:  How does jewelry design translate into lighting design?


S:  I love the lifestyle approach to design so I am always looking for new categories to incorporate into my line.  I glanced up at a chandelier hanging in my office and thought “I can improve on that”.  My intention was for the lighting to be jewelry for the home.   I approached each lamp and chandelier keeping in mind that I wanted every item to be able to fit into a contemporary, rustic or ornate setting.


D:  How did you first begin designing lighting?  A client?  A passion?


S:  I had been messing around with chandeliers and jewelry as a hobby for years, so when I started to do the gift shows with the jewelry I wanted to create an environment.  I started with antique chandelier bases but soon found out about ULA and decided to look for a supplier.  Currey & Company agreed to let me buy their bases, strip them, restring them and sell them as my own.  After I went back to re-order Brownleee owner of Currey and Co. asked what I was doing with the bases and could he take a look.  I showed him, a few conversations later I was presenting designs and here we are.


D:  Would you ever consider crossing over into other home furnishings categories?


S:  I am actually designing some furniture pieces for Currey & Co. to hit the market next year.  I love designing and would love to design an entire world.  I love hardware and I actually have a few items in that category on my website.  I would love to do more.
Here are a few teasers of the pieces Shannon will be showcasing at the Currey and Co. showroom this market. You will have to drop by in person to see the full scale beauty of these pieces.






Shannons Motto, “Fortune Favors the Bold” is emblazoned on the inside of this statement chandelier






Make sure and drop by on the first official day of market, Saturday, October 19 from 3-5 PM to meet Shannon in person.  Currey and Co. is located in IHFC, M110 on the Main Street Level.

A big thanks to Shannon for taking time out of her busy scheduled just before market to chat with me about her new line!  I can’t wait to see all of you at Currey and Co. next week.


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Today I am starting a project that I have avoided for two weeks.  I guess there is a little fear in there that keeps me from starting.

You know, the kind of fear that has you cleaning toilets, washing the car and anything else to avoid starting the task you are dreading.  This helped me get started today…..


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