A recipient of the Grand Rapids Furniture Designers Endowed Scholarship for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, Nicole Paparelli is also vice president of the American Society of Furniture Designers’ student chapter at Kendall College. Her creative capabilities extend to painting, drawing, sewing and cooking and she is looking forward to putting her education to use in the industry as an in-house designer for a furniture company. “I chose furniture design so I could express my love for art in a tangible and functional way,” Paparelli says. “I am passionate about furniture and what it represents to those that use it to embody their space and lifestyle.”
This table mechanism is one of my favorite features, but to find it in such a simply stated design is what truly made this a winner for me. Urban living can sometimes require a workspace in small areas, and this overall design is contemporary and I love the lighter walnut finish.
I love seeing modular options for entertainment spaces, but these pieces are striking for their material combinations and pop of hardware. Fun and casual yet sophisticated.
Room dividers have so much versatility when it comes to where they are used within a home, but this particular design has the storage appropriate for any space. Whether it’s for an office in a larger home or to divide a studio apartment, this piece has endless potential. Not to mention the classic brass on white look to give any room a clean and refined visual.
I’m a fan of this chairs craftsmanship in the “swoosh” of the arms into the back legs. The proportion through the curve is beautiful and unique.
Love the playful form and use of honeycomb on this table.
This light is a great accent and is an alternative to lampshade light. It gives off a soft light and could definitely bring warmth to any environment.
This accent table is playful and classy. I love the motif and the mirrored surfaces create interesting light reflections. Overall it’s a great art accent.
I love this chairs “overstuffed” look of comfort, while staying contained in the smooth bent wood sides, creating a relaxed and elegant look.
This chair is so elegant, but also equally comfortable. The fabric is visually interesting and texturally soft. The overall construction of this chair allows it to have a clean-cut appearance from all angles.
This bed and nightstand combo got my attention for its low and lean proportions. The sleek profile of the upholstered headboard and border ledge give this bed a comfortable and inviting appearance. The nightstand is the perfect height to pull over the ledge and use as an added surface. The two pieces together are minimal, which keep the most relaxing piece of furniture the least cluttered and most visually satisfying.