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cara rachel brosten


Harrington College of Design, Chicago, IL September 2009-December 2011 Masters of Arts in Interior Design University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY August 2007 Bachelor of Business Administration Minor: Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles

job experience

education

résumé

skills

Space Planning, Rendering, Materials and Textiles Application, 3dStudioMaxDesign, AutoCad, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Basic Rhinoceros, Basic Revit, Studio Designer, Quickbooks

activities + awards

MAT Club (Merchandising Apparel, & Textiles), University of Kentucky Share information and network for future job opportunities Options to travel and examine merchandising prospects in business Dean’s List, Harrington College of Design, University of Kentucky

volunteer

University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain January 2007- May 2007 Completed highest level of intensive language program

The Basket Foundation, Founder & Director 1998-Present

References Available Upon Request

December 2011-Present Kadlec Architecture + Design, Chicago, IL Interior Designer ▪▪ Create floorplans, custom furniture, and presentation materials for clients ▪▪ Manage and maintain higher education project focusing on residence halls, food service, administrative offices, and common lounge areas for students ▪▪ Prepare, enter, and present client quotes and proposals ▪▪ Select options for furniture, finish, and material specifications ▪▪ Develop marketing including eblasts, facebook page, and advertisement layouts May 2011-December 2011 Kadlec Architecture + Design, Chicago, IL Design Intern ▪▪ Organize and oversee sample library ▪▪ Follow up and assist on expediting orders ▪▪ Aid in formatting floorplans May 2006-November 2008 Bella Bliss Children’s Boutique; Bella Bliss Distribution Center, Lexington, KY Sales Representative/Boutique Brand Manager ▪▪ Organized and attended trade/trunk shows to sell merchandise and represent company in various cities ▪▪ Responsible for overseeing company image of boutique brand through window, store, and booth displays ▪▪ Was part of a team that had its products featured in O, US Weekly, Martha Stewart Living, Elle, Vogue, and other magazine publications ▪▪ Responsible for taking, entering, and completing sales orders for distribution ▪▪ Accountable for developing personal relationships with contacts of stores, various buyers, and retail customers through daily contact ▪▪ Aided in designs and fabric choices, hiring and training employees, and implementing marketing techniques ▪▪ Helped in web development and continued to manage business’ retail website including: sales, promotions, catalog requests, and ordering


student work


kaleidoscopes

kaleidoscopes is a project that redefines an art boutique hotel located in Chicago’s River North art gallery district.

explore the glass structure of the building and continue glassforms throughout the interior. maintenance skybar hotel amenities parking lobby/gallery

manipulate light, glass, and geometry without knowing the exact outcome. intriguing. interesting. imaginitive. ever changing experiences in a standstill.


skybar size: 8,000 sq ft. location: Floor 24

lounge bar balcony


hotel spaces size: 10,000 sq ft. per floor location: floors 6-22

room a room b suite a suite b


lobby/gallery size: 4,600 sq ft. location: ground floor

lobby gallery


nichols bridge This project is a collaborative effort to activate the nichols bridgeway connecting Chicago’s Millenium park to the Art Institute. The student group defined new parameters for “performance” by using outside forces such as light, transportation, and tourism.

size: 620 ft. in length location: Millenium Park, Chicago, IL


As natural light changes throughout the day, the intensity of illuminated imagery on the canopy’s exterior adjusts. During daylight hours, the canopy is less intense. At night, the canopy begins to glow with bright colors and images.

This interior performance occuring on the canopy offers an interactive visual experience responding to people’s movements. The intensity, pace, and color is altered to heighten the audience’s experience, and the interactive performance element allows the public to part of the production.

The exterior performance utilizes information present in the urban setting of the site and its nearby attractions. As an active performance, it provides valuable marketing opportunities to inform the public about exhibits or events at the Art Institute or Millenium Park.


HOME HOME takes residential concepts to a new level by combining luxurious elements of a home setting and a lush retail space. HOME houses vintage furniture and apparel, an apothecary, a coffee shop, and an open lobby that is an event space. Combining these features creates a one of a kind experiential shopping destination.

HOME A Vintage Retail Sanctuary


furniture

25,000 sq. ft.

apothecary

3,000 sq. ft.

coffee shop

2,500 sq. ft

lobby/ event space apparel

4,000 sq. ft 8,000 sq. ft.

office

4,500 sq. ft.

circulation/ utility

3,000 sq. ft

building section


lower level

ground level


second level

third level


lobby

apothecary


furniture store vignettes

window display


design is... “design is”... was considered for Harrington College of Design’s exhibit booth at Neocon trade show. The booth was suppose to represent point of view and collaboration. The conept was based around the idea that “it takes more than one point of view to design collaboratively.” Some of the paramters were for it to be Interactive, create a space that is fun and welcoming booth at Neocon, be a fun way to remember Harrington.

floorplan

color palette


The idea behind the booth interaction is to give participants an empty peg board and a blank peg. This gives them the chance to define design to them and contribute to the wall art that will be created using the different color pegs. There is no right or wrong answer and there is no right or wrong space to leave your peg. The outcome is continually changing and nothing is permanent. Participation is encouraged because in order to get some color, the booth needs interaction. Tables will store the empty pegs and also be used as writing surfaces. The open floor plan allows for more people in the booth at one time. The pegs show dimension on the back wall depending on the angle it is seen from.

empty and full pegboards


overall design concept


market space logo design Market Space was created after studying branded environments along with the history of shopping in urban locations. It showcases how consumer culture and those environments affect one another. More specifically, this project identifies and creates a retail typology essential to urban communities. Market Space is comprised of local existing companies individualized in their own branded environments while simulataneously creating a brand identity for the overall market and entire space.

MARKET SPACE

AT THE SULLIVAN CENTER

site location Washington St.

Sullivan Center Monroe St.

MichganAve.

Wabash

Madison St.

State St.

Calhoun Pl.


windows entry OFFICE LOBBY

Column grid OFFICE LOBBY

existing conditions building diagram

light fixtures


space planning: departmentalizing

UP

food UP

Owl Lady Peirogi Picnic

Kozy Prery

Heartfelt

Steadfast Bags

Cordinated New Discoveries

Individjuli Brown Sparrows Nest

Miss Alison

Lulu Blossom Substance Designs Bourdage Pearls

Checkout

Perpetually Yours

Milton & Margies Biggie

Cursive Design

Soap Happy

Lad Named Felix

Ethically Engineered

Peggy Skemp

Dollybird Minerology Jewelry

RedBud Blue Buddha Jewelry

MarketSpace Coffee

Cheesecake Handmade Beauty

Soapily Ever After

gift

Greenie Bean Provenance Recycle Food & Wine

Arrow Jewelry

BOH

jewelry

UP

Floret

Checkout

Glasswares Katem

Elizabeth Gwen

Elevated Chicago

Maker & Maker Kit Paulson

Des Arbes

The Found Kiku Handmade ReUse It

Wanderlu stings Mata Traders

Checkout

skincare

accessories clothing

People's Garment Co.

level one.


space planning: departmentalizing

Guzanito

DN

DN

Thumb & Pinky

LoulaBaby

home

Storage

UP

kids Summerstars

Blaque Pearl

Star Shaped Letterpress

Girl Metro 16 Sparrows

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-

Checkout

Pixie Chicago

Peepshow Panes

Kinaloon

Featured Artwork

Pretty Clever Design

Zerobird

Nourishing Spring Notes/Letterfrom Olive

Steel Petal Press

Gustav Reyes Citizen Shay

Michelle Sharp

Ork Posters

DN

Ply Textiles

Checkout

Mad Canvasses

Needle Shop Apple Bottom Press

Oandel

artwork

Found RE Adie Mae

Checkout

Laura George

So Silly

Sugar Creek Kids Milkweed

Elizabeth Element

papergoods -

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Manly Vintage

Storage R3 Vintage

Plume Textiles Event/Lounge Space

level two


Interior entry and overall brand of Market Space Market Space is purposely designed to act as a neutral that can be easily recognizable so not to compete with other vendor spaces, and instead, act as an overlying cohesive brand. Though the palette is meant to be neutral, the brightness of it refreshes the new idea of Market Space, creating juxtaposition against the original features of the building.


UP

Owl Lady Peirogi Picnic

Kozy Prery

Heartfelt

Steadfast Bags

Cordinated New Discoveries

Miss Alison

Lulu Blossom

Perpetually Yours

Milton & Margies

Soap Happy

Substance Designs Bourdage Pearls

Checkout

Individjuli Brown Sparrows Nest

Cursive Design

Client: Cordinated

Greenie Bean Provenance Recycle Food & Wine MarketSpace Coffee

Cheesecake Handmade Beauty

BOH -

Ethically Engineered

UP

Floret

Peggy Skemp

Checkout

RedBud Blue Buddha Jewelry

Glasswares Katem

Elizabeth Gwen

Maker & Maker Kit Paulson

Checkout

-

Kiku Handmade ReUse It

Wanderlu stings Mata Traders

Des Arbes

The Found

People's Garment Co.


Cordinated booth space and product wall display Cordinated’s product line consists of amp cables, ipod, ipad, and iphone cables that present the cords in a fun, unique way. A fun space to reflect the product was the goal, and a mock stage setup was created using amps as tables, and creating a live stage setup. Amp cords have variance that cannot be recognized without hearing the difference so allowing them to play bass or guitar not only creates a fun environment, it helps sell the product. An important objective for the owner was to provide shoppers with the opportunity to test the product.


UP

Owl Lady Peirogi Picnic

Kozy Prery

Heartfelt

Steadfast Bags

Cordinated New Discoveries

Individjuli Brown Miss Alison Sparrows Nest Lulu Blossom Substance Designs Bourdage Pearls

Checkout

Perpetually Yours

Milton & Margies

Soap Happy

Cursive Design

Client : Pierogi Picnic

Greenie Bean Provenance Recycle Food & Wine

UP

MarketSpace Coffee

Cheesecake Handmade Beauty

BOH -

Ethically Engineered

UP

Floret

Peggy Skemp

Checkout

RedBud Blue Buddha Jewelry

Glasswares Katem

Elizabeth Gwen

Maker & Maker Kit Paulson

Checkout

-

Kiku Handmade ReUse It

Wanderlu stings Mata Traders

Des Arbes

The Found

People's Garment Co.


Pierogi Picnic booth space Pierogi Picnic is a company offering handmade, organic, vintage, up-cycled, and repurposed clothing. The client wanted to create a space that was feminine, yet rough with individualized embellishments, similar to her clothing. In order to create a space that would replicate the company and its product, it needed to be uncluttered, developed as an open space so it was approachable and easy to navigate within. Bright colors, playful signage, and unique details establish a sense of brand identity within the space. Other strategies involve using raw materials including various and repurposed woods to enhance the space.


Client : CoffeeSpace by Market Space UP

uli wn rrows t

ap ppy

Greenie Bean Provenance Recycle Food & Wine MarketSpace Coffee

Cheesecake Handmade Beauty

BOH -

Ethically Engineered

UP

Floret

Checkout

d y

Glasswares Katem

Elizabeth Gwen

Maker & Maker Kit Paulson

Checkout

-

UP

Kiku Handmade ReUse It

Wanderlu stings Mata Traders

Des Arbes

The Found

People's Garment Co.


CoffeeSpace by Market Space CoffeeSpace is created and individually branded as to be consistent with the Market Space brand. Similar colors and design strategies are continued here, but as a shopper, one can recognize the brand within the space to its own identity. The proximity of the space is located next to the main circulation pathways of escalators and main staircase intended for users of Market Space. CoffeeSpace is designed to be open and inviting, as a way to connect the people in Market Space.


Client : Provenance Wine

Greenie Bean Provenance Recycle Food & Wine

UP MarketSpace Coffee

heesecake andmade eauty

BOH -

hically ngineered

UP

Floret

Checkout

Glasswares Katem

Elizabeth Gwen

Maker & Maker Kit Paulson

Checkout

Kiku Handmade ReUse It

Wanderlu stings Mata Traders

Des Arbes

The Found

People's Garment Co.

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UP


Provenance Wine Provenance Food and Wine is an existing wine store with two location in the Chicagoland area. For the design of Market Space, the Provenance brand was streamlined, including its identity and exposure creating a branded booth space that is again, incorporated with the rest of the market. The model of operations is similar to CoffeeSpace and is purposely located across the way from the coffee shop giving the audience more than one option in terms of food and drink. They are equally visible and open in hopes to carry on the connectivity throughout the space with each other and also with the rest of Market Space. The design lends to the brand’s distinctiveness, but keeps the space exposed and accessible.


Flexible Event Space

ulaBaby

DN

s

Guzanito

Storage DN

OandelBlaque Pearl

Star Shaped Letterpress Found RE

Girl Metro 16 Sparrows

ugar reek ids

ilkweed Laura George

zabeth ementKinaloon

ume Pretty Clever xtilesDesign

Pixie Chicago

Checkout Nourishing Spring Peepshow Notes/Letterfrom Olive Manly Vintage Panes Featured Artwork

Steel Petal Press

Ork Posters

DN

Michelle Storage Sharp

Gustav Reyes Citizen Shay R3 Vintage

Zerobird

Thumb & Pinky

LoulaBaby

Storage

UP

Mad Canvasses -

Apple Bottom Press

Oandel

The flexible event space is located on the second floor and its design is extremely important in terms of creating a community space to be used by the public. Its flexibility allows for it to be utilized for almost anything.

Found RE Adie Mae

Sugar Creek Kids

Ply Textiles

Milkweed

Checkout

Needle Shop

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Event/Lounge Space

So Silly

Elizabeth Element

Manly Vintage

Storage R3 Vintage

Plume Textiles Event/Lounge Space

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DN

day -

evening


Below, the space is depicted as a traveling library. This idea shows one option of how the space may be used. Although it can be treated separate, it does not lose the connectivity with the rest of the market or with the city as it lines the upper windows on State Street, its users are able to look out the windows and have a direct street view. With bookcases on wheels, and furniture light and transportable, the space can easily be reconfigured to accommodate an evening cocktail party, as shown at the left.

The sculpture is the only permanent item in the space and its design is based off the logo identity of Market Space never losing the link to the market. It is large enough to walk through and allows for some variation including incorporating light fixtures. The space was developed to be adaptable but not lose the relationship with the rest of the market.


professional work


higher education

Scope: Combine two historical buildings into one five story residence hall with shared lounge spaces

Ground Level: Common shared spaces

CCCS-Foster Residence Hall


Floor plans, space planning, architectural finishes, furniture and fabric specifications were all areas in the scope of separate projects within Northwestern University’s campus. Common spaces, lounges, private offices, residence rooms, and bathrooms were included in the scope of service.

Level two: Residence Rooms: Space planning to accomodate occupancy needs


Fabric Palette


higher education Chapin Hall

Building Finish Specifications Chapin Hall-First Floor and locations Paint/Finishes

Bathroom Wall Tile Corridor Paint

Lounge Carpet Tile Pantry Backsplash

Pantry Countertops

Pantry Cabinetry

Bathroom Counters

Bathroom Floor Tile

Corridor Wallcovering below wainscoting

Sleeping Rooms Carpet Tile Wood Flooring

Lobby Paint Option 1

Lobby Paint Option 2

Lobby FLooring Nublado Stone

Lobby Wallcovering below wainscoting

Sleeping Rooms Paint


The project consisted of a full renovation including restoring original hardwood floors, designing and renovating of a new staircase, new bathrooms, and floor plan changes to the first floor. Finishes, lobby and sleeping room furniture, and fabrics were selected throughout the building.

Lobby Elevations: Wallcovering Studies


Ground Floor Furniture GROUND LEVEL Selections

LOUNGE SEATING PANTRY

STUDY TABLES/CONFERENCE ROOM

ENTRY LOUNGE SEATING

Fabric Palette


higher education

Foster Walker lounges were developed as either a Zen study lounge or an Active engaging lounge. The Zen lounge hosts secluded pods for full privacy designed for independant student study. Another option available in the rooms are small funiture groupings that allow for more interaction.

Foster Walker


The Active lounges are open, inviting with patterns and bright colors that energize the students and engage interaction.


higher education

Norris Center is a primary hub for students and administration on campus. A central concourse intended for gatherings, waiting areas, and small meeting spaces needed cohesion and a sense of functionality. Furniture and fabric palettes were devleoped by incorporating existing conditions including concrete walls, existing carpet and flooring.

Norris Center


volunteer DBD 2012

Dining By Design 2012 “glam garden� table was created collaboratively in the weeks leading up to the weekend event which helps raise money for AIDS awareness.


freelance The MID The project consisted of creating a Greenroom for a local nightclub. A small hangout space for artists to lounge in before and after acts was created. The space needed to maximize seating and a welcoming vibe while sticking to a minimal time frame and budget.


freelance no label The need for this project was to create a retail store outlet to brand an existing watch company. The design is based off the product packaging which uses plastic tubing and is also seen in the store. The brand caters to a younger demographic and markets itself with music and recreational sports, which allowed for incorporating sleek trends including backlit glass and modern colors and materials into design development.

The owners also wanted a warehouse space which would house offices as well as a skate park, dj booth, and open space for events.


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