Susan Kinzig was already established nationally as a well-respected jewelry designer when her sister-in-law, Caryn Kinzig, left a successful investment career to join forces with her and enter the world of lamp design.
Susan founded Kinzig Design in San Francisco in 1987. A self-taught jeweler, she has supported herself as an artist since she was a teenager. After a seven-year career in graphic design, Susan took a cross-country artistic sabbatical from San Francisco to Philadelphia. Six weeks turned into six months when Caryn encouraged Susan to show her newly honed creations to local shops, at times literally pushing her through the door. Today her jewelry is sought by collectors and is carried by galleries, boutiques and museum gift shops.
Caryn also grew up with a love for art and an appreciation for handmade objects. Her childhood home was filled with beautiful artwork that her parents collected from around the world and from artists they discovered at shows on the East Coast. She has fond memories of walking those shows with her parents as original works and unusual pieces caught her eye. Her style and artistic eye continue to evolve as she travels the world looking for design inspiration and beautiful fabrics and materials to incorporate into the lamps.
In 2002 Caryn left the corporate world and had thought about going into a shade-related business. This was when she and Susan realized that they wanted to create lamps together. Within a year they’d formed Kinzig Design Home.
Their odyssey began with a visit to the Bowery, New York City’s lighting district, where they shyly asked some parts suppliers to teach them the mechanics of building a lamp.
Collaborating equally on the lamp designs since then, Susan works closely with the glass artists and produces the lamp bases in her San Francisco studio while Caryn searches the world for embroidered silk fabric and sews the shades in Philadelphia.
Kinzig | Alessandro Floor Lamp
Alessandro is a striking floor lamp with opaque, creamy blown glass at the bottom and gold glass on top. The glass is mounted onto a brass pole which is coiled...
Kinzig | Evie Table Lamp
Evie has purple coloured blown glass with a tall corset drum shade. The shade is covered with a linen fabric embroidered with a botanical design in blue, purple, turquoise, white, and...
Kinzig | Melanie Table Lamp
Melanie has a blown glass base with golden glow. Its round, corset shaped shade is covered with a soft woven fabric with crewel embroidery in shades of teal, red, orange,...
Kinzig | Viviana Table Lamp
Viviana is a softly colored lamp with a unique envelope shaped shade and opalescent glass. The fabric is embroidered in a floral pattern with soft tangerine, mint and amber colors....
Kinzig | Neva Table Lamp
Neva has opaque white blown glass. It has a bell-shaped shade with an outscallop bottom. The shade is covered with an embroidered linen fabric with a modern paisley design in...
Kinzig | Sadie Table Lamp
Sadie (smoke) has smokey gray blown glass with a tall corset drum shade. The shade is covered in an embroidered linen fabric with a leaf design in earth tones. The...
Kinzig | Romel Floor Lamp
Romel has opaque green and copper colored blown glass with an unusual envelope shaped shade covered in linen fabric with striking embroidery in purple, raspberry, green, gold and copper colors. Romel has a double bulb...
Kinzig | Liza Table Lamp
Liza incorporates printed silk charmeuse with mint green and soft rust/tangerine fabric designed by Bela Monde Studio which is set off by a complementary silk shantung. The lamp base has rust colored...
Kinzig | Beth Table Lamp
Beth(new) is a vibrant table lamp with bright green glass. It has an asymmetric shade covered with fuchsia silk embroidered with a copper and green floral design. It has a...
Kinzig | Angela Tabel Lamp
Angela is inspired by Kevin O'Brien designed snakeskin fabric hand painted in jade/green. The base is made with soft gray/green colored blown glass. Angela has a double bulb socket and is finished...