KIMBERLIE MICHELLE WADE

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The ability to push material boundaries, reveal beauty in a simplistic form, and have social/cultural impact inspires my design work. A retired professor, my sister, and my former students inspire me to move past my comfort zone as a professional.

KIMBERLIE MICHELLE WADE

Bio:

Kimberlie Wade serves as an Interior Designer for Alfred Williams and Company and represents the rich and innovative Herman Miller design history. Kimberlie's design background has included a broad range of residential work, a design educator role, and interior product design. Her work has been featured in the Design Arts Technology Symposium and Phillips Collection Design Competition, and published in the Wall Street Online Journal.

 

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

As a child, I visited several model homes with my parents and analyzed everything about the interior. I eventually asked myself, "If I had to work the rest of my life what would I want to do"? The answer was, "Interior Design".

What do you do?

Within the commercial design sector, I collaborate with local A&D firms and my team members to create functional and relevant interior environments. Additionally, I am developing design products that encourage communal dining.

What excites you in the work you do?

I realize that it is a gift that, as designers we can envision a new space the moment we walk into a room. So, seeing a project move from concept phase to implementation always excites me.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The ability to push material boundaries, reveal beauty in a simplistic form, and have social/cultural impact inspires my design work. A retired professor, my sister, and my former students inspire me to move past my comfort zone as a professional.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

I am very fortunate that my career path has involved investing in future designers. Investing in others has a tremendous return.

Featured Project Name: 

Engage - Designing for the Communal Dining Experience

 

Featured Project Location: 

Residences and Areas for Communal Dining

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Thesis 2011

Role in Featured Project: 

Interior Designer

 

Featured Project Description:

Engage (a body of work), initially explored breaking material boundaries and the beauty of design simplicity, with stainless steel sheet metal. The design exploration was inspired as a response to the disconnect in relationships among different social statuses. Designing communal serving ware vessels complimented our society's innate connection with food and relationships.

 

Photography Credit:

Kimberlie Wade