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  • Ki Charm John Kim

    Hard Goods Designer

    Cleveland, OH

I've designed durable goods ranging from mass market lighting fixtures to custom furniture pieces. Having traversed the spectrum, I've learned to adapt and learn what manufacturing techniques and material relationships are best suited for each design. Design integrity includes product life-cycle issues as well as material honesty. Intent as well as design philosophy is always apparent in the end, as a product is essentially the physical distillation of ideas and thoughts.

Work Samples

  • Home Decor & Tableware

  • Furniture

  • Lighting Fixtures

Work History

K. Charm John Kim koreanjohn32@hotmail.com Education: Rhode Island School of Design BFA, Ind. Design Jul 1998 - Jun 2001 Oregon College of Art & Craft Furniture Design Sep 1996 - Jun 1998 Experience: K.Charm Design - Cleveland, OH Mar 2012 - present Title: Product Designer Duties: free-lance design in furniture, lighting fixtures, tabletop and wall art Therien Studio Workshops - Los Angeles, CA May 2008 - Mar 2012 Title: Product Design/Development Duties: develop/design bespoke furniture and lighting; work with Los Angeles-based businesses (i.e. fabricators, metal workers, upholstery shops) in developing custom products for an exclusive clientele Troy-CSL Lighting - Los Angeles, CA Feb 2006 - Nov 2007 Title: Product Designer Duties: design residential and commercial lighting for Troy, Corbett, Hudson Valley and CSL Lighting Companies; travel to Asia to work directly with vendors Bombay Company - Fort Worth, TX Jun 2004 - January 2006 Title: Product Designer Duties: decorative accessories, tableware and textiles design; work closely with buyers and merchandising team Litex Industries, Ltd. - Grand Prairie, TX Jul 2002 - Jun 2004 Title: Senior Designer/Brand Strategist Duties: multi-tasking design role which included color and trend research, product design and development via travel to and email/phone conference communication with China, product merchandising, art direction for photo shoots and print ad direction Product Design/Development: set up the first in-house product design department within Litex; included developing both the actual communication process and designing new items for manufacture. Specific design range: lighting for Lowes Hardware's Portfolio lighting collection; modern lighting for Design Within Reach (DWR) and explored designs for the Biltmore Estates brand; designed lighting and ceiling fans for Ellington Brand Development: focused on Litex' proprietary brand Ellington meet a changed corporate initiative intended to expand Ellington's market perception from that of a "quality builder's fan to well-designed home decor; sought a comprehensive, holistic approach to revamping Ellington's look via logo, showroom and print media re-design; art directing location product photography shoots; art direction for advertisements to reflect Ellington new look. Peter Wooding Design Associates - Providence, RI Jul 2001 - Jul 2002 Title: Junior Designer Duties: designed contract office furniture systems for Jofco and Kimball Office with the approach of integrating technology seamlessly; architectural lighting design for Nessen, D'ac and LAM lighting; required direct interface with decision-makers and manufacturing engineers to ensure accurate specifications for manufacture Skills: CAD: Rhino 3D AutoCAD 2007 Graphics/Design: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator Languages: fluent in Korean and Spanish Excellent analytical skills Strong understanding of form and color relationships References Available Upon Request


  • Rhode Island School of Design

    • BFA Industrial Design
    • 1998 - 2001
  • Oregon College of Art and Craft

    • transfer Furniture Design
    • 1996 - 1998