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  • Taryn Zychal

    Owner/Designer Recycling Zychal

    Philadelphia, PA

"I have the burning desire to touch what I can imagine."

Work Samples

  • resume

  • Graphic Design

Work History

  • Supervisor/Key Holder, Restoration

    • Beaux Arts Vintage
    • Philadelphia, PA
    • Oct 2014 - 2015 (1 year 2 months)

    Management of social media, sales and restoration of furniture, lighting and electronics in small Center City vintage store

  • Owner

    Since 2008, I have successfully owned and operated my own independent product design company specializing in the production of waterproof soft goods made primarily from rescued broken umbrellas that people have donated to me throughout the world. I handle all aspects of the business and it continues to grow every year.

  • Store Manager,

    • Era Atomica
    • Philadelphia, PA
    • Aug 2011 - Oct 2014 (3 years 2 months)

    Management restoration and sales in busy vintage home furnishings store, from different types of fashion, lighting, accessories, kitchen and bar ware, furniture and electronics from the 50s- present - Very familiar with correct and efficient methods of cleaning and restoring (this includes wood, metal, glass. plastic repair, retouching and color-matching art and other surfaces, and testing and rewiring many different types of lighting and electronics) the aforementioned objects to or very close to their original condition - Responsible for coordinating weekly deliveries with the moving truck as well as with the online sales, packing and shipping items to bring to the post office. Ability to problem solve on the spot, curating the shop based on customer demand and season, and using social media to promote the inventory - Became very comfortable visually merchandising hard and soft goods for display - Became extremely proficient in researching older items, identifying their makers and finding a conclusive value.


  • The Art Institute of Philadelphia

    • BS Industrial Design Industrial Design
    • 2004 - 2008

    Won Rising Star Alumni Award

  • Marywood University

    • n/a Sculpture and Interior Design
    • 2003 - 2004



IDSA, former secretary for AIPH


+ Chosen to exhibit Dog Coats in the inaugural PhillyWorks Exhibit for DesignPhiladelphia 2009 + Recipient of the Rising Star Alumni Leadership Award + Runner up in ReadyMade Magazine's Broken Umbrella Macgyver Challenge. + Finalist in Design Within Reach's 2008 & 2009 Champagne Chair Contest.