Napa Home and Garden has named Darrell Gardner vice president of creative. Gardner will lead Napa’s creative teams in product design and development, showrooms and photography.
Prior to this new role, Gardner was the director of product development, furniture and accessories at ELK Group International. In over seven years at ELK, he worked on all aspects of design and development, sourcing, photography and showroom planning. Before ELK, Gardner was a product and visual merchandising designer for Two’s Company.
“Darrell brings an extensive knowledge of global sourcing and merchandising to Napa,” said company President and Founder KC Cunningham. “He will help our company grow and develop new products in the Napa tradition. We know he’ll use his expansive industry knowledge to build on the successes of the Napa brand.”
“Napa is so well regarded in the industry because of their beautifully crafted products and stunning showrooms,” Gardner said. “I couldn’t be more excited to join a team of such talented professionals. I’m thrilled to bring my skills and industry knowledge to Napa and to create new offerings for their customers.”
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Gardner earned his Masters of Fine Arts in Interior Environments from Virginia Commonwealth University. He joined Napa at the beginning of December and is helping the company prepare for the launch of its new Atlanta showroom in January, located at AmericasMart, Building 2, 10th Floor, Suite 1010.
Lauren Roses is Home Accents Today’s product editor, responsible for selecting and compiling product and trend stories, and for overseeing product submissions and coverage of intros and market debuts. Lauren studied at the University of Arizona and has lived in San Diego, California and New York City. Prior to joining Home Accents Today, she worked in marketing and project management for several prominent interior design and real estate professionals. In early 2018 Lauren moved back to her home state of North Carolina where she enjoys reading, animals, hiking and spending time with family.