HIGHLIGHT – Residential and commercial design firm Barbour Spangle Design has added two professionals to its commercial design team.
Natalie Blake joined the company from Big Sky Design in Wilmington, North Carolina, and has 18 years of experience in interior design and curatorial work in the arts, with a primary focus on commercial design.
In her new role, she will work closely with commercial clients to create new spaces and also recreate existing spaces such as offices, restaurants, public spaces, multi-family housing, hotels and medical facilities.
The company also appointed Rachael Due as a junior business designer. In addition to her time at Barbour Spangle, she worked as a commercial design specialist at retailer Furnitureland South. She will work closely with Blake and Senior Designer Hillary Powers on commercial design projects.
Commenting on the growing design chain, Founder and Partner Christi Barbour said, “Natalie’s past project experience was the perfect fit for our clientele. His project management skills and keen design acumen will add to the strong skills of our team. Natalie’s experience, coupled with Rachael’s product knowledge and technical skills, will make them a pretty dynamic duo. I can’t wait to see what they will accomplish as a team.
Barbour Spangle also recently moved into one of the company’s design projects, the newly renovated and redesigned Congdon Yards, a century-old hosiery factory and furniture exhibition building along the 400 block of English Road in High Point.
“What better place for our team of commercial, residential and showroom designers to create and innovate every day,” said Barbour. “Our clients are greeted by our projects every time they visit our offices. It is invaluable to guide clients through The Commons and our head office and describe the design process and possibilities of their project. This gives them a glimpse of what they can expect from our team.
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