Los Angeles, CA
May 2019 - Present (3 years 2 months)
Freelance product design and launch of ceramic art studio selling wheel-thrown functional and decorative ceramics under K. Charm Design label. Market research revealed a gap between mass market and high-end ceramics. Positioned K. Charm Design as a small-batch ceramics company rooted in locale and with price points just below the high-aspiration customer. Management of in-house product development team.
Senior Furniture Designer
Brown Jordan International
Mar 2018 - May 2019 (1 year 2 months)
Provided leadership and oversight for outdoor furniture division. Designed mass market patio sets for customers such as The Home Depot, Lowe's Hardware, Sam's Club and Macy's. Researched functional styles and designs to create comfortable furniture and on-trend color palettes. Traveled overseas to China to work directly with factories and overseas team. Used color and material trend services (Worth Global Style Network) to focus color and market trends. Managed junior designer by developing color/mood boards for design parameters as well as feedback and guidance during design process.
K. Charm Design
Mar 2012 - Mar 2018 (6 years)
free-lance and contract designer to create home decor, lighting and furniture pieces for private clients and corporate customers. Secured contracts for Movado desk accessories, Bombay Outdoors and Kichler lighting.
Therien & Studio Workshops
Los Angeles, CA
May 2008 - Mar 2012 (3 years 10 months)
Designed furniture and lighting for company's proprietary brand. Researched market trends and timeless concepts to develop contemporary and transitional pieces. Collaborated with local craftspeople and customers to create custom, high-end pieces. Identified client style and needs, sketched initial concepts, and revised throughout project process for quality finished product. * Utilized Rhino 3D and AutoCAD to render and create Kyrelos Chaise Lounge, upholstered furniture collection, and "Diagonale" furniture series.
( Additional experience as Lighting Designer for Troy & CSL Lighting and Product Designer for The Bombay Company.)