The George Kovacs Story
George Kovacs was born 1926 in Vienna, Austria. After moving to the US, Kovacs was enticed in 1954 to market J.T. Kalmar lamps. Inspired by the success of that endeavor--and the observed popularity of such contemporary lighting--Kovacs expanded his lighting import and design business (with locations throughout New York).
Throughout the 1950s, '60s and '70s, Kovacs became a renowned lighting designer and collaborator. In 2000, Kovacs sold his company name to the Minka Group, continuing to design lighting for the company until his death in 2007. Today, the Minka Group offers Kovacs' celebrated assortment of pendants, chandeliers, track lighting fixtures, bath and vanity lights, sconces, portable floor and table lamps, and outdoor lighting.
Why We Love George Kovacs Lighting
Despite his passing, George Kovacs' legacy as a premier designer of mid-century modern lighting lives on. Under his name, the Minka Group continues to manufacture the lighting catalog designed by Kovacs as well as contemporary lighting inspired by the Kovacs aesthetic. As such, with a wide range of styles, all of the pieces in the George Kovacs Lighting collection are marked by similar characteristics of clean lines with unexpected twists and curves, modern and sophisticated yet with a good-natured sense of humor.
A Fun Fact About George Kovacs
George Kovacs was the man who first introduced America to the halogen torchiere floor lamp, in the early 1970s. The George Kovacs line is now part of the Minka Group, which also includes Metropolitan Lighting, Minka-Lavery and contemporary ceiling fans from Minka Aire.
Noteworthy Lighting from George Kovacs
Simplicity translates into versatility in the sleek and ever-popular collection of bath bars. Kovacs' humor is coupled with superior functionality in the Save Your Marriage double wall light. The humor lives on in the contemporary brand of today as evidenced in the Twist and Shout LED Linear Suspension. Finally, look to the customer-favorite Saber Bath Bar to give your bathroom a contemporary refresh.