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Design Professionals Begin New Chapters

As the year comes to a close, numerous design professionals are starting new chapters in their careers. This article will provide a roundup of arrivals and departures in design, manufacturing, and media, showcasing the exciting new opportunities that lie ahead for these individuals.

To the Trade

Interior design marketplace Daniel House Club has welcomed three new members to its board of advisors, including AD100 Hall of Fame designer Alexa Hampton, chosen for her industry expertise. David Kahl, the former CEO of Fully, has joined for his background in brand management, and Travis Huff, vice president of sales at Freight Club and a former Wayfair sales director, has joined for his insights into furniture logistics.

Jaipur Rugs has appointed Greg Foster as its new artistic director. In this role, he will lead the brand’s collaborations, campaign imagery, cultural initiatives, and special projects. Foster, who was previously the editor of Architectural Digest India, is based in Mumbai.

Matouk has hired Caroline McDonald as head of brand strategy and marketing. McDonald has a background in luxury real estate development, fashion retail, and media, and will oversee Matouk’s brand management, engagement, and advertising across all business channels and audiences.

Retail & Manufacturing

George Goeth-Chi Chao has been named the new vice president and general manager of Spoonflower, the online retailer of fabric, wallpaper, and home decor. Goeth-Chi Chao has a background in e-commerce and manufacturing, having previously worked for Jetson Health, Target, and McKinsey & Company.

Media & PR

Business of Home has welcomed a new hire, Aidan Taylor, who joins the team as editorial assistant. Taylor is a recent graduate of New York University, where he studied journalism and anthropology. Prior to joining Business of Home, he had internships with Modern Luxury Media and Fortune magazine.

Olivia Lugarini has transferred from PR firm Camron‘s London office to New York, where she will be a senior account director managing a portfolio of luxury design and lifestyle clients. Lugarini previously worked for the PR agency Karla Otto.

After five years with Domino Media Group, Mackenzie Attridge has started a new position as account director at Nylon Consulting. In her new role, she will work with clients that include the New York Design Center, WallPops, and McGee & Co. and Studio McGee.

Industry Organizations

The Female Design Council has announced the appointment of its first director, Angharad Coates. A communications strategist, Coates has worked with artists, designers, and creatives for the past 14 years, most recently as managing partner at Camron. In her new role, she will work with FDC founder Lora Appleton to expand membership, develop new partnerships, and grow the organization on a national scale.

Lucy Penfield of Minneapolis-based Lucy Interiors has been named president of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Minnesota chapter. Penfield brings more than 30 years of design industry experience to the position, which she will hold for a one-year term.

The American Institute of Architects California has appointed eight new members to its board, including Carina Mills from Studio One Eleven as first vice president/president-elect, Sujendra K. Mishra from Boulder Associates as secretary/treasurer, and Darrell S. “Rocky” Rockefeller from Rockefeller Kempel Architects as vice president of professional practice.

In conclusion, as the year comes to an end, numerous design professionals are embarking on exciting new chapters in their careers. These changes showcase the dynamic nature of the design, manufacturing, and media industries and the continued growth and development of these professionals.
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