Annette pursued her love for design at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design in Ann Arbor, Michigan. One of her classes partnered with DuPont to build furniture out of their latest material of the time—Corian. Annette was able to experiment with the material in a way that awarded her high recognition at Neocon, an international furniture and design show. She continued to experiment with materials and designs of furniture and 3-dimensional objects. Upon obtaining her BFA in Industrial Design, Annette moved to Chicago where she accepted a position as an Exhibit designer. After working with several award winning design firms, including MG Design and Poretta and Orr, Annette decided to start her own freelance design business. In doing so, this allowed her to broaden her design experience to retail, museum and graphic design.
Annette also began traveling the world, from the UK, Germany, France to New Zealand, and Australia, gathering various design influences from her extensive travels. One of her favorite periods for art and design was the trasition between Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Some of her favorite influences in design include Philippe Starck, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Santiago Calatrava. Annette believes that inspiration can come from anywhere, from classic architecture to nature, you just have to know where to look.