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.
Ali Table Lamp
Ali is a graceful lamp with gold/caramel colored blown glass and a curvy bell shade. The fabric is dupioni silk with an embroidered abstract floral design. Ali has a double...
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...
Hazel Table Lamp
Hazel is inspired by Kevin O'Brien designed snakeskin fabric hand painted in rich brown and green colors placed onto a simple, oval shade. It has unique flattened blown glass. Hazel...
Preston Floor Lamp
Preston has cream and sea foam blown glass in its base; its simple oval shade is covered with a sea foam color embroidered fabric in a leaf pattern. Preston has...
Alyssa Table Lamp
Alyssa is a handmade lamp with gold, opaque blown glass and coiled copper around the neck of the lamp. Its tall oval shade is covered with Kevin 'O Brien's hand painted...
Ashton Table Lamp
Ashton is handmade with gold, opaque blown glass. Its wide oval shade is covered with Kevin 'O Brien's hand painted "Willow" fabric in the dusk coloration - gradating from soft blue...
Mai Table Lamp
Mai has unusual aubergine colored blown glass which is matched with a round embroidered silk shade with a floral design. It has a double bulb socket and is finished with...