A New Jersey native, Kasia Sweeny says she chose furniture design as her major because it allows her to use her creativity and artistic talents in a functional way. She has been awarded several departmental scholarships at Appalachian State, as well as a scholarship from the American Home Furnishings Alliance. Sweeny feeds her love of the outdoors with hiking, snowboarding and travel and hopes to find a position within the furniture industry after graduation. “I would like to pursue a career as a designer and/or fabricator within a growing furniture company that makes long-lasting, beautiful pieces,” she said. “I would prefer to do both designing and making to maintain an appreciation for the full process.”
The quartz creates a calming feeling, and the delicate look of this piece makes it unobtrusive yet beautiful and eye-catching. The gold color gives the piece a cohesive look, with gold applied to the pendant as well as the base. I was also drawn to this piece because I've heard good things about the company through my peers.
After walking numerous showrooms, I found one that displayed solid wood construction (no MDF here!) and a modern look. Kapono has a natural looking finish (my favorite type of finish) with one neutral accent on the door, and has both open and hidden storage. I love the proportions, especially the slight taper on the legs. I would love to look into this company further and learn about them.
I love the simple silhouette, and the angle of the back legs compared to the front makes this chair more dynamic than the average dining chair. It looks great in this dark grey and has a lightweight feel to it.
This teal color caught my eye. It goes great with the dark walnut color of the base, and I could see it in a living room that is decorated in beige or grey. It's just low enough, not overstuffed, but was also comfortable when I went to sit on it. I love a couch that has hard lines but can still be comfortable.