Creative Karma

Apr 01, 2011 1 Comment

“Honestly, for me to start this company, it didn’t cost a dollar,” design diva Alison Brungart de Almeida proclaims. However, in the next breath, she admits to spending $12 on her web domain, we still think that’s a pretty good deal.

Brungart de Almeida capitalized on the skill set acquired from years of experience on top of her education at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her combined experience allowed her to design her own website, brand and business cards. “Really, that’s pretty much it,” she says. And as far as clients go? “Everything is by word of mouth. I have enough experience and I know enough people in the design industry that I’ve been lucky enough to get a bunch of referrals.”aba-design-house

Though Brungart de Almeida’s current brand encompasses a wide range of design services, she initially started with custom furniture design and interior design. She says, “I really loved designing custom pieces of furniture for specific spaces.” It comes as no surprise then that the project which put her on the map was a custom design job on her 367 square foot South Beach studio. After buying the tiny studio apartment, Brungart de Almeida realized she could create more function by designing custom pieces of multi-functional furniture. She designed new furniture for her space in such a way she was able to maximize storage and efficiency. After envisioning the new furniture, she had everything custom made and installed.

The tiny studio was transformed. A friend took photos and they submitted the shots to Metropolitan Homes’ design competition.  Brungart de Almeida’s space efficient studio took first place in the small spaces category. And that’s when the flood gates opened. Shortly after, she was contacted by HGTV to be featured on Small Space, Big Style. She’s also been featured in Metropolis, Apartment Therapy, and The Miami Herald, to name a few.

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However, this designer was forced to take the good with the bad when she had to give up the notorious studio that inspired her creativity once moving to Texas with her husband. There, she began working for an architectural design firm where she did marketing, graphic design and branding. The Design Queen’s blanket of expertise was broadening. After re-branding the entire company, Brungart de Almeida realized she really wanted to work for herself and she had the skills to do so.

Thus began ABA Design House, a creative outlet that allows Brungart de Almeida to work in all the different areas of design that she enjoys.

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Between her combined abilities to graphic design, brand design, interior design, and create custom furniture, Brungard de Almeida has all the tools required to set up a business. Now, her company specializes in working with small businesses that are aba-design-housejust starting to create their identity. “I really like to focus on young people that are creative, but they just need help putting their ideas together,” she explains. She collaborates with the business owner to get an idea of what the business is about, and then Brungart de Almeida creates an identity for the company. Whether the client is in search of an image, a web page, an office, or all of the above, she can help.

It seems this creative mind and independent entrepreneur has found her place in the world. But if you ask her, she’ll tell you she’s barely begun. “Ideally I would like to be a consultant designer,” she asserts. For instance, established brands would ask her to design a line of flatware, and she would be the creative consultant behind the aesthetic of the line. But Brungart de Almeida wouldn’t stop there, as she goes on to say, “It would be awesome to design a boutique hotel.” She continues to dream up everything from the branding to the hotel design, the flatware, the lighting fixtures, and more.

Clearly this is a women committed to doing what she loves, and we quote, “I think it’s important to take the time to really figure out what you absolutely love to do, and figure out how to make money doing it. Then, just go for it!”

Written by: Mary Ronau

Edited by: Bridgette

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One Response to “Creative Karma”

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