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Kirsty Whyte

Kirsty Whyte
Kirsty Whyte grew up in England where she graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Decorative Arts. When she finished her studies, she was invited as an International guest student to Kalmar University in Sweden. After that, she moved back to England where she worked for several years before opening her own design studio in 2009. Having just returned to England from China after working directly with factories for a year, she now works as a freelance designer designing both furniture and home accessories.

Kirsty Whyte explains: “My ambition is to design classics of the future that customers want to invest in and keep. I think the material a product is made of is central to a designs success, and I always look for ways to take optimal advantage of a materials potential when I design products.”

Kirsty Whyte is an award winning UK designer.

She graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2003 with a First Class Degree in BA (HONS) Decorative Arts, where she specialized in kiln formed glass. After her degree and exhibiting at New Designers, Kirsty was invited as an international guest student to Kalmar University, located in the famous “Kingdom of Crystal”, in Sweden.

Kirsty has exhibited at international Fairs such as, the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Maison et Objet, The London Design Festival, 100% Design London, Salone Satellite Milano and Tortona Milano.

She worked for several years at homeware and furniture retailer HABITAT, where she gained valuable experience in many areas of retail and design. She has also interned for TOM DIXON and RAW EDGES.

From August 2011 to September 2012 Kirsty has been based in Shanghai, allowing her to work directly with manufacturers, gaining valuable experience, contacts and knowledge regarding the whole design development and manufacture process.

Kirsty has had items manufactured by MADE.COM, MODUS, HEALS and NORMANN COPENHAGEN, and freelanced for DWELL, NEXT HOME, BRITISH HOME STORES and LAURA ASHLEY.

Kirsty is assisted by Paul Tanner, a Furniture and Lighting Buyer/Product Developer with experience at Habitat, Lombok, Made.com and Marks & Spencer.

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