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Big Sky Design Hits 20 Year Milestone

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 5, 2017
Wilmington-based interior design firm Big Sky Design marks its 20th year in business this year.
Jennifer Kraner founded the company in 1997, and in the time since collaborated with area architectural firms, construction companies, artisans and craftsmen, nonprofits and local governments on hundreds of projects throughout southeastern North Carolina.
Some examples of the firm’s work in public spaces include at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Wilmington International Airport terminal and New Hanover County’s Northeast Regional Library, according to a news release.
Big Sky Design also has worked on residential projects in communities such as Autumn Hall, country club facilities in Brunswick Forest and in the renovation and new design of custom homes in Fayetteville and Raleigh.
In 2016 the company launched Bea, its mobile boutique that visits outdoor venues to bring interior design services on the road.
“Great design affects our lives day to day, whether it is through architecture or through interior design,” Kraner says.
Kraner said she opened her studio in 1997 out of a passion for designing spaces that people experience daily.
“Training under architects to learn the way,” she says, “I could also see I had the opportunity to [bring] something new to the marketplace: a full service interior design company for commercial and residential clients. I am indebted to the relationships I have with the architectural community.”
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