Dripping with natural quartz crystals on a gold tree-like form, designer Aviva Stanoff’s oversize Forest Dawn chandelier for Currey & Company is more than lighting; it is a work of art evoking the beauty of the old-growth redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains where she grew up. “The veiled, speckled light there is magical and majestic,” she says. “The chandelier was my way of honoring my roots and sharing the magic that forest instilled in me.”
Such intricate, botanically inspired designs are not rare at Currey & Company. From its beginning in 1988, founders Suzy and Robert Currey of Atlanta prioritized the use of natural materials, time-honored craftsmanship, and designs influenced by authenticity.
While not exclusively botanical, these ideals have unfurled in designers’ imaginations to yield chandeliers and sconces bearing blooms, leaves, and branches; metal birds perched on twigs that sprout from lamps and drink tables; and sleek, curvy storage pieces each adorned with a showy flower-shaped brass knob reminiscent of a little black dress complemented by a spectacular cocktail ring. Here Flower‘s editors take a closer look at the company’s botanically inspired designs for our homes.
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Both a gardener and a garden lover, designer Marjorie Skouras often looks to her travels to famous gardens around the world for inspiration. However, the muse for this grand fixture for Currey came from her own backyard—the century plant (Agave americana) of the American desert whose towering blooms can reach heights up to 20 feet.
“I have been fascinated with the Agave americana blooms for years, and finally was able to get a full size one from one of my 80-year-old Blue Agaves behind my house in the Hollywood Hills cut down and brought to me. It took six months to dry, so I had a long time to consider it, and the outcome was the Agave Americana Chandelier.” The glamorous fixture boasts 22 lights surrounded by clusters of faceted crystals to resemble the intriguing flower.
With its clean chic lines and intricate hand-formed ceramic flower petals that cover the surface of the base, the Calla Lily Table Lamp caught the eye of Flower Editorial Director Alice Welsh Doyle. "I love that from far away, you don’t know that is is covered with miniature calla lilies; it’s only when you get close that you discover this lovely surprise. I would place in on a side table near a sofa where people can enjoy the wonderful detailing," she says.
Interior designer Denise McGaha was inspired by magnolia blossoms when she envisioned the Blossom Three-Light Wall Sconce for her collection at Currey. "I am super excited that my Southern heritage and love for the magnolia is bringing nature and lighting together in such a beautiful way," she says. To see more from this designer, check out the guest room of her Dallas home featured in Flower magazine's May/June issue.
Clarence Mallari, one of Currey’s talented in-house designers, created the nature-inspired Bellerive Wall Sconce with freeform flowing arms and clear glass votives cupped by blossoms in a gold leaf finish. Better still, this fixture is certified for damp locations, making it a lovely option for the covered outdoor areas of your home.