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Andrea Panico

Adjunct Faculty, Art and Design

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Andrea Panico is an industrial designer with a strong background in a range of categories for both retail and to-the-trade markets, primarily in the home furnishings industry. Her twenty years experience include positions as a furniture designer, a tabletop designer for retailer West Elm, and as the Director of Product Design and Licensing for world renowned interior designer Clodagh. Panico has traveled extensively and been actively involved in production in a variety of settings including both domestic and international manufacturing facilities. She has been to factories across the globe and is skilled at working with contractors and production engineers to troubleshoot and value engineer products.

In 2005, Panico formed her own company, Pico Design, with the vision of creating jewelry inspired by her love of architecture. The company name Pico, a short form of the Italian word piccolo (meaning little or small), reflects Panico’s belief that little details in the items we wear, live in, and use can make a big impact on our daily experience.

The resulting line, aptly called Little Architecture, is inspired by some of the great architects and buildings of the last 100 years. As a product designer, Owner and Creative Director Panico creates jewelry like “an architect of small things,” with a focus on unique connections and construction details. All Pico jewelry is made using best practices, and with sustainable materials in her Montclair, NJ studio.

Panico earned her Master of Industrial Design degree from Pratt Institute, where she did a program in furniture design at Danmarks Designskol in Copenhagen. She has a BS from Cornell University. Andrea lives in Montclair, NJ with her husband and two children.