Christine Kilger lamp art
American designer Christine Kilger loves the process of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Using her natural creativity, strong artistic talent, and knowledge of antiques, Christine has created an art gallery of nightshades magically combining vintage materials, shimmering beads, and light. Christine Kilger grew up in California. She was raised in an artist family, in a home full of antiques, nostalgic old things. It was natural for Christine to appreciate Antique arts and crafts of vintage things at a very young age. As a teenager Christine discovered lamp art design to be her true calling. “There is something about lamps that resonates with me,” she says. “A strong sense of familiarity.” Christine Kilger started collecting vintage textile and making lampshades in 1984.
Christine’s lamps are a real work of art, attracting collectors and home stylists. Christine’s client list includes: Nordstrom, ABC, Carpet & Home in New York City, music celebrity Stevie Nicks, fashion designer Sue Wong, Drea de Matteo, Carly Simon, Courtney Love, and other selective collectors, designers and individuals.
The design process is demanding and each lamp is created as a work of art. First, Christine selects from her extensive collection of vintage materials from around the world – including from her travels to Europe and China. She then creatively paints the lamp bases and intricately hand-beads the shades so they shimmer and sparkle.
Christine Kilger is excited to continue creating unique lamp art. “I absolutely passionately love creating beautiful lamps,” said Christine Kilger. Featuring exquisite hand-beaded shades, period lamp bases and rare antique fabrics and embellishments circa 1860-1930, Christine’s lamps illuminate and grace some of the most beautiful homes in Palm Beach and beyond.
Christine Kilger travels around the world in search of rare vintage fabrics. In her Boca Raton based studio, Christine has an extensive collection of antique lamp bases and beautiful vintage fabrics from which she crafts the lamps.
The design process begins with a hand-dyed silk covered shade that is matched to a restored antique lamp base. Christine’s designs are embellished from a veritable treasure trove of antique metallic laces, delicate old silk ribbon flowers, and rare European appliqués. The elegant beaded fringe is a work of art in itself as the pattern is designed and then strung by hand.
Ornately hand-painted antique base with a jeweled pull chain holds a Flying Phoenix Chinoiserie shade with colorful antique Chinese phoenix appliqués wrapped around it. The shade is dyed pale gold to celadon green and covered in gold metallic lace and mesh. The top panels are covered in a beautiful pastel lame and metallic lame from Paris. Colorful hand-beaded fringe in matching colors adorns the bottom