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Designer - For all enquiries please email kirsty@kirstywhyte...
London, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
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.
London Design Festival
Simplexity Milan 2009
Simplexity Collection at Milan 2009
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
In store- progressed from:
sales assistant, to product specialist to Sales manager at the New Flagship Store; Regent Street London.
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.
Achieved First Class Honours Degree