Christine Kilger lamp art
Christine Kilger lamp art
According to American designer Christine Kilger, she 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, raised in an artist family, in a home full of antiques, and nostalgic old things. And it was natural for Christine to appreciate Antique arts and crafts of vintage things at a very young age.
Meanwhile, as a teenager Christine discovered lamp art design to be her true calling. As the artist herself says, “There is something about lamps that resonates with me, a strong sense of familiarity.” So, Christine Kilger started collecting vintage textile and making lampshades in 1984.
Undoubtedly, these lamps are a real work of art, attracting collectors and home stylists. Christine’s client list includes world famous names. In particular, Nordstrom, ABC, Carpet & Home in New York City, music celebrity Stevie Nicks, fashion designer Sue Wong, Drea de Matteo, Carly Simon, and Courtney Love. In addition, other selective collectors, designers and individuals.
The design process is demanding and the artist creates each lamp 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. Second, she creatively paints the lamp bases and intricately hand-beads the shades so they shimmer and sparkle.
According to Christine Kilger, she absolutely passionately loves creating beautiful lamps. Featuring exquisite hand-beaded shades, period lamp bases and rare antique fabrics and embellishments circa 1860-1930, these lamps illuminate and grace some of the most beautiful homes in Palm Beach and beyond.
Also, 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 matched to a restored antique lamp base. Christine’s designs – 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.