Interior architecture designer and former fashion buyer with a discerning eye for color, style and trends. Skilled in concept-driven hospitality design, and passionate about an integrated approach to design and branding. Strengths include: conceptualization, design/ trend research, furniture and materials selection, space planning, project management, writing and graphic presentation.
Currently seeking design opportunities with firms that have a detailed and engaging approach to hotel, restaurant, retail and residential design. Editorial opportunities with design-centric publications are also welcome.
26 Group, LLC, Freelance Consultant
Providing schematic, FF&E and styling services for a lighting and interior design firm.
Bethany Seawright Interior Design, Designer
Meeting client’s needs with considered designs; creating mood boards, providing floor plans, selecting FF&E, and managing installations. Bringing in projects on time & within budget.
2012 – Industry, Philadelphia PA - Branding, conceptualization, space planning, & rendering for a new retail store.
2012 – Wolson Residence, Philadelphia PA - Schematic design, styling & consulting services for 3-story row home. 2011 – McKee-Farrell Residence, Philadelphia PA - Space planning & lighting plan for 360 sq. ft. LR/DR.
2010 – Pedra Residence, Philadelphia PA - Space planning, staging & styling for 1700 sq. ft. high-rise apartment.
2002 – M. Nackos Residence, Thousand Oaks CA - Schematic design, installation & styling for 300 sq. ft. BR.
2001 - Juxtapose, Chicago IL- Managed store opening. Supervised contractors, set store & trained staff.
Apartment Therapy, Design Blogger
Source stories, design layouts & write posts for several design blogs with readerships of 5.6 million per month.
• One Shot Coffee: Crafting History Through Interior Design
• Designer Spotlight: Do You Know India Mahdavi?
• Hotel Palomar Philadelphia: An Interview with Designer Dayna Lee
• Escape Roundup: Hip Hostels (Yes, Hostels!)
• Ramses: The Magic of Philippe Starck in Madrid
• Escaping Aboard the Orient Express
• A Pinner’s Tale - KETTNER’s
DESIGN RESEARCH & TRENDS
• American Style Through the Decades: The Forties
• The Philadelphia Architecture Guide
• Cinema Style: 20 Unforgettable American Movie Interiors
• James Mont: Bad Boy of American Design
• Brass, Copper and Gold in the Kitchen
• Furniture Focus: Green, Glorious Green!
Industry, Retail Design Intern
Assisted in the conceptualization and store design of a new art gallery and retail store. Provided renderings, advised on visual merchandising, and developed fixture and lighting concepts. Managed all initial marketing and PR initiatives.
Destination Maternity, Divisional Manager
Managed 5 leased department maternity businesses - Macy’s, macys.com, Babies R Us, Boscov’s and Gordmans. Increased comp sales for all businesses by 30-40% within 6 months.
Urban Outfitters, Inc., Associate Buyer
Bought product for 14 classes of women’s accessories for Urban Outfitters catalog & website: 11% of total web business. Partnered with vendors and designed private label merchandise.
Anthropologie, Assistant Buyer
Managed day-to-day details of the accessories/shoe divisions of Anthropologie catalog & website for LA-Based buyer. Coordinated deliveries and samples with vendors, and managed product for all photo shoots.
Juxtapose/Hub Distributing Inc., Assistant Buyer
Supported buyer and associate buyer in managing 16 classes of merchandise. Organized & managed sample inventory. Developed charity donation program to remove sample shoes from active inventory.
Juxtapose/Hub Distributing Inc., Visual Presentation Coordinator
Created all corporate floor sets. Provided visual & marketing direction for a chain of 23 retail stores.
Millers Outpost/Hub Distributing Inc., Acting Store Manager/ Assistant Store Manager
Managed stores in California, Arizona & Colorado with sales volumes of $1-4 million, staffs of 15-50 employees.
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA, US, Masters, Interior Design
MFA: Thesis project - A large-scale restaurant design focused on the poetic experience of mutable space.
Arizona State University, Tempe Camp, AZ, US, Bachelors, Psychology
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles, CA, US, Merchandise Marketing
National Design with Light Student Team Competition, 2nd Place