Inspired Living Spaces with European Designs

Photography provided by Voltage, Inc.


It was an interior designer’s dream: A clean-slate remodel of a living, dining and outdoor area for a young couple’s Indian Hill home. The space consisted of approximately 3,000- to 4,000- square feet in an architecturally clean, contemporary home with painted white brick walls and spacious floor-to-ceiling windows. 

“Empty, it felt a bit cold,” says Susan Lewandowski, an interior designer with Voltage, Inc. “Our job was to make it feel warm and inviting for day-to-day living and entertaining, while maintaining the sleek style of the home. The couple has two young children so creating a child-friendly space was also important to us and to the client.” 

It turned out to be a made-to-order space for the distinctive classic contemporary, high-end lines of European furniture, lighting and accessories that has been the specialty of Voltage.

“This project was a perfect example of how our furniture supports and reinforces the architecture of a contemporary home,” says Jeff Hinkel, who founded Voltage 26 years ago. Originally located in Hyde Park, the firm has spent the last 13 years in an expansive two-story loft showroom in Oakley.

The approach of the Voltage design team for the Indian Hill project was to create spaces within spaces with three different areas in the vast main living room. Those include a collection of four fireplace chairs, a sitting area with two facing sofas and a third with a sectional sofa for TV watching. The furniture blends seamlessly to the outside pool and patio area that includes marble dining tables and a pair of poolside canopy day beds by Kettal. 

“The project shows how we can coordinate various product lines, while maintaining a seamless design,” says Lewandowski. 

Since 1989 Voltage has specialized in fine European furniture, lighting and accessories. Their brands produce pieces with timeless design elements with an emphasis on comfort. When it comes to quality, Lewandowski says, “These are pieces that are built to last a lifetime.”  

“This is furniture you can live with for many years to come,” Hinkel says. “Europeans like to invest in their furniture and live with it for years. For that to happen you have to have very good quality materials and craftsmanship.”

The furniture is made in Europe, mostly by Italian, family-run companies owned for generations. With steel frame construction, the pieces have removable covers that can easily be replaced for more years of service.

Voltage offers design services to customers and is flexible for all types of projects. “Clients may need advice on one lamp or they come in with a complete, top to bottom remodel. We work on a variety of scales assisting with furniture layout, fabric selecting and installation,” says Lewandowski.

Voltage carries more than 30 specialty European furniture lines including such names as B&B Italia, Cassina, Maxalto and outdoor designs from Dedon, Kettal and Tuuci in addition to Kymo rugs.


Voltage is located at 3209 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209. For more information call 513.871.5483 or visit