Q: HOW DO YOU BRING DIFFERENT LINES OF FURNITURE FROM SKETCH TO MANUFACTURING TO MARKET?

A: USE MARKET DATA TO DISCOVER WHAT CONSUMERS WANT, AND DESIGN WITH MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES IN MIND.

SEVERAL OF MY DESIGNS FEATURED

SEVERAL OF MY DESIGNS FEATURED

I began to develop myself as someone who could bring concepts to reality through a furniture design internship with Summer Classics.

DEVELOPING A PATIO SET

DEVELOPING A PATIO SET

There, I developed several collections, from which these are two examples of my work—one line focused on heavier, sleek, resin and extruded aluminum furniture;

SKETCHING FOR GABBY

SKETCHING FOR GABBY

Another line focused on lighter, transitional, airy and feminine lamps,

CONSUMER RESEARCH

CONSUMER RESEARCH

I developed my concepts from trends and what our consumer research showed our buyers wanted in their furniture.

UNDERSTANDING MATERIALS

UNDERSTANDING MATERIALS

DESIGNING FOR MANUFACTURING

DESIGNING FOR MANUFACTURING

But I believe it was because of my understanding of what our company was good at manufacturing that

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furniture manuf.jpg

About 15 concepts were made as samples, and

LAMPS FOR GABBY

LAMPS FOR GABBY

PATIO SET 1

PATIO SET 1

Several of my concepts can now be seen featured in the leading luxury furniture catalog in the US.

PATIO SET 2 IN FRONTGATE

PATIO SET 2 IN FRONTGATE

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