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NEW YORK CITY, NY- January 8, 2016 - Based out of the company’s New York office, Barnes will be responsible for customer relationships, driving strategy in the North American market and leadership of Haworth Collection specialists.
A world-class offering of lifestyle designs, Haworth Collection brings an ordinary workspace to life. It conveys the heart of design inspiration and craft in contemporary furnishings that express the soft side of work. Featuring design talent from around the world, the portfolio enables a mobile lifestyle, inspires new thinking, provides opportunities to explore new cultures and nurtures relationships with designers. Through its brands, Haworth, Poltrona Frau, Cappellini and Cassina, the collection leverages the tradition and innovation of design.
Barnes brings extensive industry experience to the Haworth team with decades of work in the interior design and premium furnishings industry. Most recently, she held the position of Senior Vice President for Stone Source Direct.
“This is a dream opportunity – to work on a collection that is so gorgeous,” said Barnes. “The brand names and legacies evoke inspiration to create and bring life to memories created in beautifully designed spaces. It is fantastic to be a part of the design world right now. The classics, ever maturing talent and technology are creating a lot of energy.”
Barnes holds a degree from the University of Richmond in Virginia with a double major in Marketing and Management. Extremely involved in the design industry, Barnes has co-created and hosts a career night with Pratt Institute for 12 years.
“The memorable moments with students and emotional stories that young designers share mean so much to me,” commented Barnes. “It’s so exciting to see how we can extend learning about design and classics to work trends and environments that are ever evolving.”
Globally, Haworth improves workplaces with award-winning furniture, interior architecture and technology solutions to help customers achieve business goals and transform culture, as well as support collaboration and innovation. Research + design drive a deep understanding of agile workplace needs and are at the center of the company’s strategy. Haworth is committed to protecting and restoring the environment, creating economic value as well as supporting and strengthening its communities. Founded in 1948, Haworth remains family-owned and privately-held and serves markets in more than 120 countries through a global network of 650 dealers and 6,500 employees. The company had net sales of US $1.8 billion in 2014.