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Striving for excellence in the field of surface materials, Killingstad Design is your studio resource for original artistic design of color and material for products.

Principal Natalie Killingstad brings a Masters Degree in Textile Design and nearly 20 years of experience to the table, having designed products for leaders of the contract furniture industry like Herman Miller, Steelcase, and Allsteel.

Her work ranges in a number of materials such as textiles, laminates, paints, plastics and veneers.  Additionally, she has designed fabrics for Guilford of Maine/True Textiles, Designtex, Momentum and Steelcase.

She translates this experience into authentic, relevant, quality products for her clients.




Beyond Won Neocon Gold
Former Member CMG (Color Marketing Group)
Former Member CAUS (Color Association Of The United States)

Cobi won Neocon Silver
Mimeo won Necon Silver
Node won Neocon Innovation award
Involve won Neocon Silver
Training in Biomimicry



Natalie is a strong believer in the “process” of design development and applies rigor to achieve a more highly refined textile or surface material. She understands how powerful a communication tool color is for materials and coupled with her love of color brings that same rigor to color development in all materials. This results in a product that resonates with the end user or customer and can succeed in the marketplace. Natalie does not hesitate to break the boundaries of conventional ideas for materials to enable the textile/material to be at the cutting edge of design.
— Deborah Lanzner, Material, Color, Finish Strategist and Trending Consultant – Deborah Lanzner Design
Natalie is a true professional who brings her cumulative knowledge to each project. She is versed in a wide variety of materials, markets, and trends and is consistently surveying the landscape for what’s new. Natalie’s ability to work in collaborative group settings is a real strength. She is a generous contributor who is energized by others.

I would actively seek opportunities to work with Natalie in the future as a colleague or on either side of the client relationship.
— Jennifer Wammack, Product Designer and Sustainability Practitioner, Ida Design
Natalie came highly recommended as an office furniture industry color expert.  She quickly put together a proposal to meet our project need and delivered ahead of schedule.  Her work is thorough and insightful, and exceeded expectations.  I was able to make recommendations for a color strategy and demonstrate visually the rational beautifully.  We have since enlisted Natalie’s expertise on subsequent projects and she has come through every time, even with tight timelines!
— Bonnie Joustra, Marketing Manager, Dekko
My experience with Natalie was very positive. She did a great job of creating a color palette for the project I was working on. The product had several different surfaces and materials - she did a great job of dealing with the complexity. She is very responsive (great work ethic) and personable (fun to work with).
— Tim Elms, Director Product Marketing at Coalesse
Natalie was an integral part of the team that re-invented our textile color strategy as evidenced by several successful new product launches. She is a true professional, and brought strong expertise in the way of research and trend information to our efforts. Additionally, she is a pleasure to work with!
— Julie Daly Director, Surface Materials at Steelcase

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