I designed lamps and furniture after graduating from Parsons Paris, the European branch campus of Parsons School of Design in France, in 1978. I designed the Zandt lamp in 3 different models and heights, Floor Torchère, Floor Reading, and Desk Lamp.
Named after my Dutch grandfather, Emelio Van Zandt, the lamps were very successful across Europe and the USA and were produced in Germany, Italy and the US.
Display featuring the Zandt torchère floor lamp designed by Kevin Gray
While antique shopping in Miami this year I came across one of my Zandt lamps and was surprised the price tag was 4 times the price it originally sold for in the 1980s.
Kevin Gray discovered his Zandt Lamp in a Miami antique shop
The dealer did not know I designed lamps, or that I lived in Paris for 10 years, so I thought a post sharing my designing years in Europe was appropriate.
I lived in Paris and had a design studio loft in the 10th arrondissement, a block away from the Folies Bèrger. I worked in Paris, Hamburg and Milano and designed custom furniture in Paris and for clientele including Wolfgang Joop in Monaco, Monte Carlo, NYC and the flagship store Miami Beach; Lancaster group perfume counters in the US; Jill Sander; Davidoff and Dunhill. I often took the train from Paris via Switzerland or flew from NY to the Milano Furniture fair on numerous occasions, hanging with fellow designers and manufacturers.
Returning to NYC in 1987, I was fortunate to be introduced to Micky Wolfson from the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach and Judith Arango in Miami when 4 of my lamps were exhibited in “Changing Light” at the Center for The Fine Arts in Miami in 1987. Achille Castiglioni attended the Museum exhibit and a dinner Judith Arango hosted at her Coconut Grove home, and Micky Wolfson presided over an outdoor dinner at the Plaza downtown after the Museum exhibition.
I continue to design custom furniture, lighting and accessories for residential and commercial interior design projects.
To discuss your residential or commercial interior design project contact Kevin Gray Design at 305.751.4263.
Kevin Gray is an internationally celebrated interior designer, known for transforming interiors into timeless and unique environments for the most discerning clients in Miami, New York, and Europe. His interiors showcase signature designs that are understated yet sophisticated, straightforward, elegant and functional. Clean lines and well-crafted but straightforward furnishings, with an attention to texture and the highest quality materials, are Kevin Gray Design staples. Clients say that the key to Kevin's success is his collaboration with the best architects, craftsmen, and builders. While beautiful rooms are Kevin’s first consideration, client service, project management, and attention to detail are of the utmost importance.