James Wen

James Wen

Los Angeles, CA, US





Nova Lighting, Huntington Park, CA, US, Contract Designer

- design new seasonal floor and table lamps for clients such as Costco and Walmart

- create technical drawings and computer models for prototypes and manufacturing

Jan 2013 - current

Carl Muller Designs, Seal Beach, CA, US, Freelance Designer

- create 3D models and CAD drawings for prototypes and manufacturing

Apr 2011 - current

Dtank, Burbank, CA, US, Designer

- ideation and innovative concept development of custom residential/retail/office space and furnishings

- collaborate with architects and interior designers on floor plan layouts, design directions, and material specifications

- create technical drawings and computer models for manufacturing

- produce renderings and presentation packages for clients

- work closely with engineers to explore proper direction of product development

- communicate with local and out-of-state vendors to ensure projects fit each client’s budget; and determine the optimum manufacturing process for each project

Sep 2011 - Feb 2012

Elite Manufacturing Corporation, Santa Fe Springs, CA, US, Lead Designer

- study market trends to develop new design directions

- work closely with design director to conceptualize and evaluate new furniture lines

- directly involved from product research to final production

- produce all design documents necessary for product development and presentation, including: concept sketches, line art, color renderings, technical illustrations, and specify materials and colors for each product

- assist in creating layouts and themes for company's permanent showrooms in both High Point and Las Vegas

- travel to trade shows to oversee/assist with showroom setup and also conduct market research and user feedback

- communicate with factories and suppliers in US and Asia to ensure smooth product development and delivery

Apr 2006 - Apr 2011

Ilan Dei Studio, Venice, CA, US, Designer

- fabricate and install custom furnishings for retail and home environments

- design and production of “BabyBoomerToo” kids furniture line for Not Neutral

- help develop new line of dining and bedroom furniture for Creative Elegance

- build fully functional prototypes for demonstrations and trade shows

- prepare and present sketches and renderings of products to clients

- create technical drawings and computer models for manufacturing

- ideation and innovative concept development

Apr 2005 - Apr 2006


Academy Of Art University, Bachelors, Industrial Design

Sep 2000 - Jun 2004

Areas of Specialization