Jeff and Julie Hinkel opened Voltage Furniture Inc. in Cincinnati in 1989. Jeff, an architect by trade, combined his architectural experiences with his passion for design to create Voltage Inc. Voltage is the only retail store of its kind in the entire region specializing in modern high design furniture, lighting and accessories from Europe. With their business and clientele growing, Voltage needed to expand its showroom. Voltage moved into a New York loft-style renovated warehouse located in Oakley in 2001, growing sixfold, in terms of space.
Voltage resides on the entire first and second floor, utilizing the vast showroom to give people the whole aura of a space using this type of furniture. The remaining 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of the building house other small businesses such as Renaissance Garden & Ornaments, The Appliance Loft and Wellage & Schaff Framing. The Voltage Lofts has become a complete design destination.
Jeff Hinkel, an architect by trade, combined his architectural experiences with his passion for design to create Voltage, Inc., the only retail store of its kind in the entire region specializing in modern high design furniture, lighting and accessories from Europe.
Prior to establishing Voltage in 1989, Jeff worked on both commercial and residential projects in architectural offices in Philadelphia and Cincinnati.
He received his bachelors of architecture degree in 1985 from The University of Kentucky, where he also participated in two European study programs. Jeff and his wife and family reside in Northern Kentucky.
Intrigued by the design industry, Shannon enjoys helping clients find designs that will enhance their lifestyle.
Since 2004, Shannon has been doing residential interior design at Voltage. Prior to joining Voltage, Shannon worked at Bloomingdales in Chicago as a bridal consultant. She also worked at Studio H in Chicago assisting the design team.
Shannon earned a Business Management degree from the University of Cincinnati and an Associate of Interior Design from Antonelli College of Cincinnati. She finished her education with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design from the Harrington College of Design in Chicago.
From an early age Susan knew interior design was her passion. Influenced by her love for color, texture and pattern, she assists clients in creating spaces that inspire and enrich their lives.
Susan began her career in interior design working for a commercial firm in downtown Cincinnati. Seeking a more creative outlet, she started at Voltage in 2010 and hasn’t looked back. Susan assists clients with space planning, lighting schemes and selecting furniture and finishes to create beautiful and functional interiors.
Susan graduated from Ohio University in 2008 with a Bachelors degree in Interior Architecture.
As warehouse manager, Pat Michels brings his expertise in the delivery, installation and maintenance of fine quality European products to Voltage.
Pat started out teaching philosophy at DePaul University when he realized through his part-time delivery position at Luminaire in Chicago that he was much more interested in retail management than writing philosophy. Pat continued his career working for Artists’ Frame Service in Chicago.
Upon the birth of their first child, Pat and his wife Chris returned to live near family in Northern Kentucky. Pat and his wife and family reside in Erlanger, Kentucky.