Kirsty Whyte, has experience as a freelance homeware, upholstery, furniture, lighting and product designer. As well as working for retailers like Habitat, BHS, Heals, Normann Copenhagen and MADE Kirsty also runs her own design brand and studio. From August 2011 - September 2012. Working as a Designer and Product Manager for Made.com from their Shanghai office. From September 2012 - Onwards. Working as a Designer and Product Manager for Made.com for Upholstery, Furniture, Textiles and accessories from their London Head Office. Specialties: Furniture design, glass design. 3d renderings and visualisations using, AUTO CAD, Rhino, Solidworks. 2D visualisations using all Adobe Master collection, specifically, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Photography direction and styling.

Work Samples

  • London Design Festival

  • Simplexity Milan 2009

  • Simplexity Collection at Milan 2009

Work History

  • Design Product Manager - Upholstery, Furniture, Lighting, Textiles and Accessories

    • made.com
    • Sep 2012 - Present (2 years 1 month)

    In September 2012 relocated back to London after being based in the MADE Shanghai office for 13 months. Where Kirsty worked directly with manufacturers and suppliers.

    Now working directly in the creative team with Chloe Macintosh the Creative Director. With frequent trips back to China, Vietnam and India.

    Responsible for sourcing and Buying product. Developing designs with other designers for manufacture within upholstery, textiles and Decorative Accessories (Mirrors, vases etc).

    In addition working on in-house briefs; designing for accessories, furniture and upholstery divisions.

    Other roles : co-ordinating product samples and product photoshoots, for the MADE website and marketing campaigns.

  • Designer

    • Kirsty Whyte
    • Jan 2009 - Present (5 years 9 months)

    Originally founded as Purewhyte in January 2009, now Kirsty designs under her own name for companies like Modus, Aarevalo, Heals and Made.com.

    She also freelances for retailers such as Dwell, BHS, and Next home.

    Kirsty has design available for licensing and is also interested in working on design briefs from external companies.

    www.kirstywhyte.com

  • Product Manager - Upholstery, Textiles and Accessories

    • Made.com
    • Nov 2011 - Sep 2012 (10 months)

    Based in the Made.com Shanghai office: working directly with manufacturers and suppliers.

    Responsible for sourcing and Buying product. Developing designs with other designers for manufacture within upholstery and Decorative Accessories (Mirrors, vases etc).

    Also working on in-house briefs; designing for accessories, furniture and upholstery divisions.

  • Freelance Furniture and Upholstery Designer

    • made.com
    • Aug 2011 - Nov 2011 (3 months)

    Based in the Made.com Shanghai office: working with manufacturers and suppliers. Buying product. Developing designs with other designers for manufacture. Working on in-house briefs; designing for lighting, accessories, furniture and upholstery divisions.

  • Freelance 3D designer

    • BHS
    • Nov 2009 - Nov 2011 (2 years)

    Working directly for the Creative Director Jacquie Gray. Designing and visualising, window schemes, props for photoshoots, designing press shows. Also working on the new BHS branding in-store concepts, which includes the Cafes, mannequin displays and fixtures and fittings.

  • Product and Lighting Intern

    • Tom Dixon
    • 2009 - 2009

    Tom Dixon Design Studio. (3 month
    internship) London. Assisting project managers and designers with a variety of
    tasks across product, lighting and furniture design and architectural projects. Including the Glass Knob range (http://www.tomdixon.net/products/uk/glass-knob-blue-large) and Veuve Cliquot Polo (http://www.tomdixon.net/projects/veuve-cliquot-polo).

  • Senior Account Manager

    • Habitat
    • Feb 2006 - Dec 2008 (2 years 10 months)

    International Account Manager, for Habitat Retail Partnerships department.
    Worked closely with international Wholesale and Franchise partners, including Greece, Turkey, Thailand, Scandinavia.
    Aiding new store set up, and offering contstant support, with product knowledge, ordering and shipping.
    Also hosted the bi-annual AW/SS new product presentations. Supplying product information, including pricing.

  • Sales Manager

    • Habitat
    • Sep 2004 - Jan 2006 (1 year 4 months)

    In store- progressed from:
    sales assistant, to product specialist to Sales manager at the New Flagship Store; Regent Street London.

Education

  • Kalmar University

    • Glass Design Glass Design
    • 2003 - 2003

    August 2003 - December 2003 Kalmar University, Sweden. Glass Design. ECTS Grade B. Local Grade Pass with Distinction. Final products were produced by Kosta Boda and exhibited at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2004. I was invited as a guest post graduate student in the first year of an now very successful Erasmus scheme.

  • The Nottingham Trent University

    • Decorative Arts Art and Design
    • 1999 - 2003

    Achieved First Class Honours Degree

  • De Montfort University, Lincoln

    • BTEC Diploma Foundation; Art and Design
    • 1998 - 1999

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