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Bethany Seawright

Bethany Seawright

New York, NY, US

 

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About 

Interior designer and former fashion buyer with 3+ years’ of professional experience and a discerning eye for color, style and trends. Skilled in concept-driven design, with a passion for hospitality, retail and residential design, in particular.  Strengths include: conceptualization, visual 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. 

Elsewhere:

Employment 

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.

DESIGN PROJECTS
In process – Nackos Residence, New York City, NY - Concept, schematic design & installation for Manhattan apartment.
In process – Pure Sweets, Philadelphia PA - Concept, design development & installation of vegan bakery’s retail space.
In process – Zangrillo Residence, Philadelphia PA - Space planning & styling for 1800 sq. ft. brownstone.
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.

Oct 2010 - current
 

Apartment Therapy, Design Blogger

Source stories, design layouts & write posts for several design blogs with readerships of 5.6 million per month.

Select posts:
HOSPITALITY DESIGN
• 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!

Sep 2010 - current
 

26 Group, LLC, Freelance Consultant

Providing schematic, FF&E and styling services for a lighting and interior design firm.

Oct 2012 - Jan 2013
 

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.

May 2012 - Jul 2012
 

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.

Mar 2006 - Oct 2008
 

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.

Jun 2005 - Jul 2006
 

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.

Oct 2003 - May 2005
 

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.

Aug 2001 - Sep 2002
 

Juxtapose/Hub Distributing Inc., Visual Presentation Coordinator

Created all corporate floor sets. Provided visual & marketing direction for a chain of 23 retail stores.

Nov 1999 - Aug 2001
 

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.

Sep 1988 - Nov 1999
 

Education 

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.

May 2009 - Aug 2012
 

Arizona State University, Tempe Camp, AZ, US, Bachelors, Psychology

Jan 1994 - Sep 1999
 

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles, CA, US, Merchandise Marketing

Sep 1989 - Dec 1990
 

Awards 

National Design with Light Student Team Competition, 2nd Place

2011
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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