PAOLI, Pa., Dec. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- To light up the dark is to bring the heavens down to earth. But Lauren Wylonis knows that when daylight – or moonlight – doesn't pour through a window, nature's beauty can be transformed into sublime light fixtures.
Wylonis is the CEO, lighting designer and curator at KingsHaven, a design-based company that creates and curates lighting fixtures, furniture, accessories, and art. (https://www.kingshaven.com/pages/about).
KingsHaven's showroom is located in Paoli, Pa., though the company's products are installed in homes and businesses from coast to coast.
A lifelong art lover, Wylonis creates easily-customizable lighting selections made of exotic woods and hand-forged iron.
A day in the life and work for her is nothing shy of luminous in terms of her creative vision for bespoke product design and managing a burgeoning national business.
- What is your background and why did you choose lighting as a key component of your career?
Art has been my passion since childhood. As an adult, my interests in architecture and design were fueled by art courses at Johns Hopkins University. When I founded a company that rejuvenates historic estates, my team created unique lighting and furniture for each project because the desired designs were not available in stores. After getting frequent requests for such pieces, we opened a retail space in Greater Philadelphia. Now, we serve a national client base.
- What are KingsHaven's products beyond lighting?
We offer occasional and cocktail tables made from handcrafted iron, wood, glass, and marble, as well as handcrafted sculptures, candlesticks, alpaca blankets, throws, pillows, and pottery. I also carefully select furnishings and original art to accompany these items in our showroom and online commerce center, so our customers can furnish a whole home through KingsHaven if desired.
- How do you make informed, creative decisions regarding the curation of KingsHaven products?
We search for, choose and design handcrafted pieces of art that are rendered with superb quality and possess beautiful and unique textures. These are crafted by hand, often by several artisans or craftsmen, and are a collaboration between them and our KingsHaven team. Our team endeavors diligently so this approach results in designs that are unique unto the finest details.
- What is the essence of KingsHaven's lighting designs?
Our lighting not only beautifully illuminates a space, it contributes a rich character of design through beautiful details and fine materials. One of our modern, transitional or industrial fixtures can elegantly update a classic space, or add a custom edge to a modern space. We also offer an extensive variety. (https://www.kingshaven.com/collections/lighting). One example, KingsHaven's 17 estate lanterns blend with any antique version. We can almost always change the sizes or details of fixtures to make them work seamlessly for challenging design projects.
- What makes KingsHaven unique?
KingsHaven fixtures are created with the careful attention of an artist. We also offer the highest level of customization, which allows designers, architects and clients to participate in the creation of art. They can illuminate a project with their own brushstrokes, artistic styles and desired moods, which translates to our lighting pieces often being one-of-a-kind creations.
- From where do you glean inspiration to design lighting products?
I can find inspiration in something as simple as the shape of a glass sitting on my kitchen counter or in the shape of a face in a painting at the Musée de l'Orangerie. My love of English, Scottish and French antiques and antique lighting has been another inspiration. Certainly, the colors and shapes of the mountains and rainforests in South America and the seas of the Great Barrier Reef have inspired me. My extensive travel to visit artisans around the world is yet another inspiration. I enjoy learning about the art created by other cultures. This appreciation has led me to collaborate globally with artisans to create unique pieces that add a richness and patina to design projects.
KingsHaven designs lighting, decorative accessories and furniture for interiors and outdoor spaces that are sophisticated and superbly appointed. In-stock purchases and custom orders are available. Learn more: www.KingsHaven.com.
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