Designer Luciana Liberato, 41
David Perry -- Furniture Today, July 9, 2010
New York - Home textiles designer Luciana Liberato passed away July 8 after battling cancer. She was 41.
A native of Brazil, Liberato came to the United States to complete her design education at Syracuse University where she graduated with an MA in Textile Design and stayed to start her career in New York, working at Federated Merchandising Group for two years before joining Revman in 1999.
She began as a design assistant and was promoted in 2002 to design manager. She was promoted again in 2005 to design director and continued to work at Revman through spring of this year.
"Luciana was an extremely talented designer and a wonderful colleague", states Diane Piemonte, vp of creative services at Revman. "It was a privilege to work with her and watch her grow to become the talent and design authority she was. She had a great eye for fashion and style and a unique understanding of how to interpret that into saleable product."
"We will miss her as both a colleague and a friend", adds Terry Soldati, Revman's gm/vp of merchandising and design. "Her creativity and generous spirit were a great asset to the company and her ability and willingness to share and mentor her staff was something we all benefitted from."
Rich Roman, president and ceo of Revman said, "In my long career in this industry, I can say that Luciana had a rare combination of talent and abilities in addition to her vibrant and warm personality. She was a dedicated and hard working associate, and although Revman will miss the tremendous contribution she made to the company, we will miss her far more for the type of individual she was."
Liberato is survived by her mother, sister, and brother in Brazil and was in treatment there when she died. Revman has set up a web page on the American Cancer Society site where those who knew her can share their memories and make donations in her name. The URL is http://main.acsevents.org/goto/Luciana.Liberato.
Furniture Today's Ray Allegrezza Speaks with Stephen Bogart about Fine Furniture's New Bogart Line