Founded by Chinese businessman Yin Zing Luk, Kam Tin is known for its “meubles bijoux,” or jewelry furniture that we can call art furniture.
Hong Kong, is where the furniture atelier has roots. The Kam Tin story began in the 1970s. The company turns out approximately ten pieces every year, from turquoise-encrusted cabinets to brass tables such as these.
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His grandfather, one of the emperor’s representatives, was sent to southern China, where the family subsequently relocated and set up a large textile dye business.
When the Japanese invaded, the family fled to Hong Kong. Ying Zing Luk took refuge in Kam Tin (which means fields of gold and silver) in the New Territories. At that time, the family fortune was kept hidden away in a turquoise-encrusted jewellery box. This precious and closely guarded object would later provide inspiration for the young Yin Zing.
After the war, family life returned to normal and Yin Zing went to England, returning to Hong Kong three years later. Such was the success of the family business that Yin Zing had no need to work. He indulged in his passion for poetry, design, and architecture by designing furniture and other items. He had a particular love of semi-precious stones which he enjoyed using to decorate some of the furniture he made for a Chinese clientele fascinated with the symbolism of gemstones as a source of wealth and good fortune… And so, calling on the most highly skilled craftsmen, Yin Zing created a number of unique gilded brass pieces decorated with cabochons and cut gemstones.
Agate, amber, turquoise, emerald, pyrite, rock crystals… Nothing is too rare for Kam Tin, the “meubles bijoux” brand whose exceptional furniture, decorated with a choice of stones from China, India, Korea and even Russia, is produced by expert craftsmen in a workshop in Germany. Each piece is a wonderful delight to its few owners all over the world.