A traveler, who for the past thirty years, together with wife, Julie Phillips, has searched the world for exciting products for their design-oriented customers. Starting in Southeast Asia and continuing on to Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, he continues to travel the world in search of new designs and designers, and matches them with an incredible range of production resources developed over decades of travel.
Aimee Kurzner is a trained furniture designer, a furniture maker and the creative force behind the newly revitalized Furniture Program at Currey & Company. In her three years with Currey, her intent to put the company on the map for furniture has resulted in over 170 new furniture and accessory products, and an increase in interest and sales.
My wife, Shannon, and I have owned Selamat Designs for twelve years. In that time we have changed the company from an antique reproduction company into a full service furniture design and development company. We focus on natural materials and we were the 2015 Green Manufacturer of the Year. While we produce under our own brand a majority of our recent development has been under our licenses of Justina Blakeney and the iconic Australian designer, Florence Broadhurst. We are currently also producing many private label collections for many top retailers in the brick and mortar and online segments.
Mandy Shanahan brings fresh and exciting ideas to Phillips Collection. As Lead designer for the company, she works closely with product development and has designed into the collection with an organic contemporary style. Now, Mandy has spearheaded Phillips Collection’s line of UL lighting, and has also broadened the collection with items such as tables and wall décor. Mandy’s Kissing Butterflies Dining Table was the winner for Casual Dining in the 2014 Pinnacle Awards. Mandy was also the winner of the 25th Annual ARTs Awards for top product designer.
Richard Schroeder is a Kendall graduate and 42 year veteran of the furniture industry. Recently retired as Vice President of Design for Stanley Furniture Company, Rick has also served as President and Chairman for the American Society of Furniture Designers. A multiple Pinnacle Award recipient, Rick believes, “Design is a continuous process; perfection is never fully achieved, but in reaching for that goal, inspiring pieces are created.”
Dudley Moore, Jr. is president and co-owner of Otto & Moore, Inc., one of the largest independent furniture design firms in the United States. He is a graduate of NC State University, with a BS degree in Furniture Manufacturing and Management. Otto & Moore, which was founded by Dudley’s father, has been in business in High Point for over 55 years, and has a client list which includes many of the most respected and successful manufacturers in the home furnishings industry.
Bruce earned a degree in graphic design in 1983 from the Art Institute of Dallas. After only seven years in print, he made the migration to 3-dimensional design work. From custom to hundreds of thousands in volume at mass retail, Bruce has designed products in many categories including upholstery, dining, casegoods, casual, RTA, lighting and decorative accessories. Founded in 2001, ZeroOne has been a freelance design and manufacturing consultancy to both domestic and foreign manufacturers.
Jason Phillips is a furniture executive by day, furniture designer by night. He is Vice President of his family’s furniture company, Phillips Collection, which was founded in New York nearly 35 years ago. Jason sits on numerous industry boards and was recently appointed President of the American Society of Furniture Designers. He does a lot of work in the community. From projects with the High Point City Council to serving special needs adult artists at The Enrichment Center in Winston-Salem.
Catina is a freelance furniture designer and founder of Catina Unlimited Design, Inc. in Greensboro, NC. Earning a Fine Arts degree in DesignSculpture Concentration from UNC-Greensboro, her three-decade career has seen many successful collaborations with leading industry manufacturers.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Catina came to the US at an early age. The impact of her heritage- the love of Latin music, food and art are prominent in her life and work. She finds inspiration in color, form, pattern and composition in the world around her. With a strong belief that design must touch the end user on an emotional level, she creates "interpretive designs" that allow the consumer to individualize their own expression. She intuitively balances essential lines of traditional with contemporary, and the familiar with the unexpected, yet the focus is always "Furniture is Fashion". Catina is the current President of the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) and her studio is a repeat finalist and winner of the Pinnacle Award.
Christian Dunbar is a graduate (MFA, BFA) of Savannah College of Art and Design, as well
as NY School of Interior Design. At SCAD, he was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship in
His general aesthetic is a contemporary blending of the organic and industrial. Glass,
metals and concrete act to highlight the inherent beauty of hardwood, stone and other
natural materials. Minimalism, repetition and rhythm are implemented to create a
perfectionistic artistry in his pieces- elevating the organic to a level of opulence.
Counterintuitive materiality is a design element he often strives to achieve.
As a designer/fabricator, Christian loves both creating at the computer as well as getting in
the shop and working with his hands. When not designing, he is usually enjoying time
with his dog “Buddha”.
Abby Lane is the founder of Redhead Furniture Design, LLC established in 2011. She specializes in designing whole home collections, case goods, accents and lighting, and is known for combining fresh style and smart function with the latest trends for today’s consumer. Her independent furniture design firm is based in Charleston, SC, and partners with many of the top furniture manufacturers in the industry.
Stephanie Lena stands out in the industry by bringing a fresh perspective because of her age but backs it up with all the experience she has from working with many top furniture brands in the industry. Many of her design ideas stem from the belief that we all have wonderful furniture memories, whether it’s a hand-me-down dresser or a big family trestle table, that influence us in our furniture style selections. She believes that fashion and home décor are directly related and the way your home is furnished says as much about you as the clothes that you wear. Her goal as a furniture designer is to continue to bring a fresh new vision to the developing consumer trends.
Indira Lourenco is an emerging Furniture designer, located in New York, and working with a unique background bridging the gap between traditional African culture and modern technology. I bring my African roots into my work, whose importance has been recognized in exhibits such as Paris Design Week, ICFF - Miami, and Art Base Miami, and in my having been named one of six emerging designers in New York.