Design Studio Partners

Studio Ethos: the spirit of collaboration

The more comfortable one gets in one’s design skin, the more they realize that collaboration is the backbone of good design. At Karen Singh Designs, our goal is to create modern products based on universal ideas, from varied and informed points of view.

This is why we partner with high quality talents, and listen to their opinions. This diverse group of voices whose collective work is based on a modern aesthetic brings very different creative experiences to the table. We seek out people who lead socially conscious, design savvy and purposefully informed lives. We share a belief that one interest or pursuit inspires, refreshes and educates the other, so all of us actively pursue several concurrent avenues of design and artistic expression. We also believe that harmonious, healthy, quality products need to be formed via healthy work relationships, as well as an ever-present consciousness of our surroundings. This is why 15 percent of our profits go to thoughtfully chosen nonprofit organizations. Several of our design partners are listed on the following pages. If you like their work, please feel free to contact them. Their talents deserve to be shared.

Hillary Huang
Graphic Design

A grounded artist with a vast array of international experiences, Hillary Huang is a native of Singapore who is currently exhibiting her work, in Zurich, Switzerland. A well respected fine artist, known for her expressive use of color and command of scale, her body of personal artwork currently includes Maotrilogy, Dis-integration installations. Her professional background is in graphic arts and design. Interested in child development as it relates to artistic expression, she leads very popular art courses for children, based on the style of Van Gogh www.vangoghart.ch/blog. Passionate about design and creating beautiful visuals, she derives her inspirations from her children, natural surroundings, and through design partnerships. www.artmgt.ch

Angela Howard
Graphic Design

Angela Howard, originally from Chattanooga, TN, currently resides and works in New York City, where she is the associate art director for Country Living magazine. This proximity to interiors, furniture, and finishes, and inherent knowledge of what makes products publishable, is where Angela feels right at home. She started her career at Interior Design magazine, where she fostered an interest in the world of architecture, products, and interior design, as well as in two dimensional surface patterns. Her trademark style is fresh, spirited, and channels yesteryear prettiness in a thoroughly modern way. She has also worked for Fortune Small Business, Vegas, Los Angeles Confidential, and Domino magazines. In her free time Angela writes her blog and visits galleries and museums. To recharge her creativity, she frequently bounces to LA to soak up the natural beauty of the California coastline. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO with a B.F.A. in Visual Communications. Her future plans include launching her own graphic design studio and spending more time traveling. Next stop, Paris! Contact: angelamachellehoward@gmail.com

Efecem Kutuk
Furniture Design and Fabrication

This New York-based multi-disciplinary designer specializes in furniture, lighting, commercial products, and interiors. Kutuk’s well-rounded design background and informed aesthetic is the product of his diverse and international experiences. An expert on bringing products to market and refining their fabrication for mass production, before launching his own design firm and consulting business, Efecem worked as the Marketing Manager and Director of Design for a very large modern American furniture wholesaler. He started his career as an Interior Architect, first for an architecture firm in Istanbul, and then for an Ankara-based construction company. His portfolio includes award-winning furniture designs, retail and residential interiors, and large-scale hotel projects.  Efecem earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design from Bilkent University in Ankara and a Masters degree in Industrial Design from Milan’s prestigious Scuola Politechnica di Design. www.efecemkutuk.com

Luise Stromberg
Textile Design and Fabrication

Luise Stromberg has been designing textiles since she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1993. Her technical drafting skills were developed over a decade while creating jacquard wovens at a Wearbest Sil Tex Mills.  They were further sharpened at Maharam, where she headed the woven wall covering and panel fabrics division. Balancing her extensive CAD experience is a deep affection for hand-weaving and passion for the essence of basic fabric construction.  Now as an independent consultant she applies her CAD, drafting, and design knowledge to projects ranging across the woven fabric spectrum including upholstery, panel fabrics, walls, cubicle cloths, and rugs. Contact: luise@karensinghdesign.com

Jan MacLatchie
Brand Strategist

‘The best brand strategy is simple,’ says MacLatchie, ‘put people first.’ Her brand platforms have resulted in success for a who’s who of premium international lifestyle brands including Hermes, Valentino, Rosewood Hotels and Miele. Before founding her own practice, she worked at boutique agencies with blue-chip clients and as Chief Strategy Officer at Artistic Tile, a brand she elevated with accolades including four ‘Best on Best’ Awards from House & Garden and two Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards. Her ads and collateral have won two CAMA awards and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum’s GOOD Design Award.  A writer, her work has been published in Interior Design and Veranda. An inspiring public speaker, Jan lectures at design centers on Internet branding techniques. She serves on steering committees of design-industry-based nonprofits, Design Industries’ Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) and The Alpha Workshops and is active in endeavors that create sustainable entrepreneurship and infrastructure in Africa. www.janmaclatchie.com

Mike Hartley
Web Design

Mike Hartley’s websites are dramatic, compelling, experiential and award-winning. Mike brings an intuitive and enthusiastic mind to the online brand space, and provides clients with results that end in user engagement, velocity of conversion and ease of use.  Mike’s work has been recognized in ProPhoto magazine and ID Magazine’s Annual Design Review. His awards include the prestigious Fashion Webby, which he won for his own web magazine ZOOZOOM, the original online glossy, which also won a Silver Davey, a Pixel Award, Adobe Site of the Day, and was voted one of TIME magazine’s coolest websites of the year 2006. Mike’s work has also picked up several Altpick Awards and PDN Digital Imaging Awards. www.bigflannel.com


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