The Studio & Gallery - Fine Arts & Interior Design Studio

Ronald C. Curlee II
109 N. Cedar St. Greensboro NC 27401
roncurlee@gmail.com

Summary
 
A leader in interior design and trend direction, both in color theory and home fashion. Offering twenty years of experience in the home furnishings industry, fine arts arena, and residential /commercial interior design profession.  Exhibiting a passion for design and a desire for excellence through skills acquired in merchandising, product development, product licensing, showroom/gallery/residential/commercial design, and extensive domestic and international travel.  Creative, artistic, and energetic are characteristics displayed through an extroverted personality.  An artist and designer who is adaptable to changing situations, proficient in meeting deadlines, maintaining budgets, and skilled in team participation, as well as a capable leader. 
Work Experience
 
Davis Rothschild Textiles, Consultant 2015
Textile Design Consultant.

Simply Cool Living Furniture, Visual Merchandising Consultant | 2015
Showroom layout and design for the launch of the Simply Cool Living Brand, Fall 2015 Furniture Market. Responsibilities included showroom design setup/display and accessory and rug selection.

Rachlin Classics, Design and Merchandising Consultation 2015 
Showroom merchandising, display and photography art direction for Spring 2015 Furniture Market. Responsibilities included showroom design setup/display and accessory and rug selection. 

Furniture Origins, Design Consultation 2015
Showroom merchandising and accessory buyer for the Spring 2015 Furniture
Market

The Studio & Gallery, Fine Arts & Interior Design Studio, 2009-until
A working art and interior design studio, with a team of talented artists and designers, offering art and interior design solutions for manufactures, retailers, hospitality, and residential projects. 
·   An interior design studio focusing on merchandising, showrooms design, commercial interiors, hospitality and residential design.
·  Fine art studio producing large abstract artwork on canvas and commissioned artwork.
·  Trend consultations and trend reports
·  Color specialist, offering direction to textile mills, manufactures, and retail establishments.
·  Residential, commercial design projects
         o   Mercedes Chut PA, Corporate offices, Greensboro, NC    
         o   Chut Residence, Greensboro, NC
         o   Deuterman Residence, Greensboro, NC
         o   Brogan Residence, Greensboro, NC
         o   Dillard Residence, Greensboro, NC
         o   Adams Residence, High Point, NC
         o   AMC, American Century Home, Showroom, Market Sq. Tower, High Point NC
         o   Howard Miller, Grandfather Clock Design in collaboration with Claire Bryson
·  Commissioned Artwork
         o   Austin Reese Interiors, Goodman Project, Charlotte, NC
         o   Carrie Craymer, Hickory, NC
         o   Austin Reese, New York, NY
           
URBN Home, Design Consultant 2014
Responsible for the showroom design and layout for the launch of the Urbn Home Collection International Home Furnishings Market, Fall 2014,  Union Square High Point, NC
 
Fine Furniture Design, Visual Merchandising Consultant 2010-2014
·  Renovation of 25,000 sq ft showroom, W800 IHFC, High Point NC
             Construction
             Electrical
             Flooring
             Painting
             Plumbing 
·  Selection of fabrics and fabric to frame for the upholstery collection
·  Product development 
        o   Dudley Moore and Associates, product design
        o   Skip Culler, product design
        o   Steve Russell, product design
        o   Claire Bryson, product design
·  Merchandising, layout and design, of the 25,000 sq. ft. showroom in High Point NC
·  Responsible for a walk-through, with detailed listing of all product on the showroom floor
·  Accessory buyer
·  Overseeing manufacturing of upholstery in the Shanghai, China
·  Sales presentations, and traveling with sales representatives
·  Managing the everyday operations of the showroom
·  Travel to Shanghai, China for product and textile sourcing
·  Worked closely with licensee collections, developing product and upholstery
         o   Biltmore Collection, Donnette Miller
         o   Humphrey Bogart Collection, Steven Bogart
·  Marketing and point of purchase sales materials
 
Hekman Furniture, Merchandising Consultant, 2010-2011
·  Product development consultation, case/upholstery
·  Fabric selection, fabric to frame
·  Layout and design of the High Point showroom
·  Gallery design and installation
·  Worked under Dan Masters, President and Rick Stroud, VP of Sales
 
Harden Furniture, Merchandising Consultant, 2010
·  Consultant assisting in fabric selection, fabric to frame placement
·  Worked under, Beth Penley, VP of Design
 
French Heritage Furniture, Merchandising and Design Consultant 2010
·  Merchandising the upholstery line, showroom layout /design including floor plan, showroom setup and accessory placement.
·  Worked with Hennessey and Jacques Wayser, Owner
 
Tribuzio- Hilliard Studio Inc. Freelance Designer, 2009
·  Photography set design
·  Liaison between client, account manager and photographer to produce catalog photography.
 
Highland House Furniture, Director of Visual Merchandising 2003-2008
Responsibilities included the design and layout of a 20,000 sq. ft. showroom in High Point NC.
The complete renovation of the showroom located in Market Square, High Point, NC
·  Upholstery merchandising, fabric selection and fabric to frame.
·  Product development for upholstery and case.
·  Art director for photography
        o   Ron Royals Photography
        o   Tribuzio-Hilliard Photography
        o   Omega Photography
        o   Atlantic Photography Studio
·  Merchandising and product development director, on the design team that worked from concept to creation of the following collections, including case and upholstery.
 
Pierre Deux, All that is French Country Collection by Highland House.
Traveled the Loire Valley of France, and Provence region with Mde. Hedwig Cointreau, president of Pierre Deux, to create a collection of upholstery and case goods that were inspired from French antiques, all exclusive products to this collection.

The Royal Manner Collection by Highland House
Traveled through the English countryside, and London with Paul Burrell, personal butler to Princess Diana, and former footman to the Queen of England, to gather inspiration and research a collection of case-goods and upholstery. The collection was based on Mr. Burrell’s travels while working with the royal family. Responsible for the design, layout and instillation of a 1200 sq. ft. gallery dedicated to the collection and director of the gallery program for the collection in retail stores, 600 sq. ft. to 800 sq. ft. galleries dedicated exclusively to the Royal Manner Collection.

Scandinavian Simplicity by Highland House Furniture
Traveled throughout Sweden/Denmark/Copenhagen and Scandinavia compiling research for a Danish modern collection of upholstery and case goods

La Cinque Terra by Highland House Furniture
Traveled the coastal regions of Italy and Tuscany doing research for a collection of upholstery and case goods. Responsible for the design, layout and instillation of 1200 sq. ft. and 800 sq. ft. galleries dedicated to the collection.
 
Sterling Square Showroom, Consultant 2000-2003
Design Consultant working directly with 5 independent “to the trade “ designer showrooms, responsible for renovations, design and layout, paint selection, and installation of product.
·  Worked directly with the upholstery/accessory buyer. Mary Lou Thompson
         o   New York City, NY
         o   San Francisco, CA
         o   Chicago, Il
         o   Dallas, TX
         o   Miami, FL
  
Additional Work Experience
 
Highland House Furniture, Anne Hood
Vanguard Furniture, Shelby Pigot
Salem Square, Ronnie and Gina Smithy
Isenhour Furniture, Dwight Isenhour
Hickory White Furniture, Larry Payne
Smith Design Associates, Renee Smith
 
Education
 
University of Georgia, Studies Abroad, Cortona, Italy, 
Fine Arts Major
 
Randolph Community College, Asheboro, NC, 
Associate's of Applied Sciences Degree in Commercial Graphics, 1992
 
Volunteering in the Community
 
The Center for Visual Artist, Greensboro NC
An art gallery located in the Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St. Greensboro, NC Catering to local artist and artisans.
Curator: Kristy Thomas
 
The Guilford Green Foundation, Greensboro NC
An organization dedicated to promote diversity and inclusiveness throughout the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the greater Piedmont community by raising and distributing funds for LGBT organizations and programs and growing an endowment to sustain funding for these purposes.
 
 

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