The Company WE Keep
Committed to Excellence
Claudia Giselle Design LLC is an award-winning full-service interior design studio. We specialize in the design and development of residential and hospitality projects. Either for a business or a residence, our interiors are designed to elevate our clients' objectives with an emphasis on optimal functionality, meticulous attention to detail and aesthetic sophistication. Working intimately with our clients to customize a vision for their project and acting as their representative until its completion, we coordinate all phases of development to faithfully fulfill the design intent, time-frame and budget requirements. Through close collaboration with our network of industry relationships, our mission is not only to meet, but to exceed, expectations.
- 2017 – BEST DINING ROOM – Westchester Home Design Awards
- 2013 – 1ST PLACE Whole Room Integration – Vision Design Competition
- 2011 – WINNER – Upper East Side Prewar Lobby Design Competition
About Claudia, by Claudia
I come from a family of builders and developers in the Dominican Republic, so you could say I was destined for a career in interior design and construction. But it wasn’t necessarily a direct route.
I graduated with a degree in Advertising and Communications from Syracuse University in 2000. I loved many facets of the advertising business: using both the creative and the methodical, developing a concept and bringing it to fruition; and working with a multi-disciplinary team to get there. But I also knew the environment was not for me.
It wasn’t long until I discovered a career that incorporated my favorite aspects of the advertising world in a setting much better suited to me.
On my first day of class at the New York School of Interior Design on a Saturday morning in 2001, I knew I had found my passion. Interior design is the perfect mix of creativity and science, minute details and broad concepts; individuals and teams; design and production. It allows me to be creative and challenges me to find solutions. I love it.
I began my career working on hospitality projects, initially at Dallago Associates in Long Island and later at Richard Lewis Architect and CMS design, both New York City-based design firms. I gained a deep knowledge of the nuances of hospitality design while creating interiors for restaurants, bars, nightclubs and hotels. Occasionally the restaurants were designed around celebrity chefs such as Charlie Palmer, Gray Kunz, Ed Brown and Kevin Aoki to just name a few. I also entered the world of residential design, working on townhouses and apartments on Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue as well as homes in Moustique and the East End of Long Island.
In 2008, I was asked by a former professor to help formalize the interior design division at GreenbergFarrow Architects, an international architectural firm where he was an associate principal. I was the first interior designer the firm hired. And I loved working with my colleagues on luxury high-rise residential projects for some of America’s leading real estate developers.
The following year I won a design competition and met Linda Holtzschue, former assistant dean of Parsons School of Design and author of numerous books on color. I worked with Linda for a number of years, gaining working knowledge of the high-end residential design and construction market, designing interiors for projects on some of New York’s most prestigious buildings on Park Avenue and Central Park West.
In 2011, I established Claudia Giselle Design LLC, a full-service interior design firm based in Brooklyn. We are pleased to say we have a roster of clients who are thrilled with the highly personalized spaces we have designed for their home or business. And back in the Dominican Republic is a close-knit group who are happy and proud that I found my place in the “family business.”
Our Design Philosophy Prioritizes People
Design has the power to transfigure how we live in the world. And interior design is the direct expression of a basic human desire to live a good life in environments that support our needs and nurture our aspirations. To that end, the work of Claudia Giselle Design LLC honors each client's uniqueness by creating personalized interiors, whether business or residence. We harness our deep creative resources, the highest caliber trade professionals and artisans, premiere materials and advanced technology to execute your project with excellence, efficiency and a human touch.
Our services Create Value
Interior Design – Interior design involves an array of disciplines from the technical to the artistic, from architectural drawings to color and textile selections. At Claudia Giselle Design LLC, we are multidisciplinary and equally versed in the art and the science of interior design. A design package from us may include: space-planning and drawings (floor-plans, elevations and details); hand sketches and computer renderings; FF&E and accessory specifications; plumbing fixture specifications; custom furniture and millwork design drawings; window treatment solutions; lighting selections and custom lighting design....
Project Coordination – No matter the size of the production, every orchestra needs a conductor; and experience has taught us that project leadership must be hierarchical to be effective, and for the project to be well-organized and well-done. Because we have a vested interest in seeing a project succeed beautifully and our clients happy, we are fully engaged in the construction process as project coordinators. Acting on our clients' behalf, we facilitate bidding and negotiations (non-legal), hire and schedule the trades, convene with architects, engineers, code consultants, purchasing agents, developers, real estate brokers, facility managers, etc., and oversee construction and its thousands of details, so that the design intent is executed faithfully, the time-frame is respected and the budget is honored.
Purchasing – At Claudia Giselle Design LLC, we do the purchasing of products and services required for the successful execution of a new construction or renovation project. That entails correspondence with vendors, generating quote requests, handling of estimates, getting client approvals, generating purchase orders and handling payments, approving items prior to shipment, scheduling and tracking shipments, arranging receipt of products and materials, and quality assurance upon delivery.
Accessories & Art Sourcing – We will accessorize your entire project with all the items that create a completed space, including artwork selection and valuation, as well as navigating primary and secondary art markets on your behalf.
Furniture & Cabinetry Design – Sometimes the particularities of a space require a custom solution. The perfect piece of furniture or built-in cabinet can indeed complete a space. Yes, we design and work with talented artisans, fabricators and cabinet makers that use high-quality materials to build your piece to exact specifications.
Consulting – Frequently called upon by our peers for assistance, we lend our expertise to developers, architects, and designers.
Our PRocess Is Systematic
We approach each project first and foremost through a recognition that you, the client, are taking a step towards making a difference in your lives or businesses by hiring us. Regardless of the scale or scope of a project, there's a great importance to working systematically. Our process involves:
- Initial Consultation – we listen and learn about our clients' needs and desires
- Inventory Our Clients' Belongings – catalogue existing belongings; and we may advise on retaining the essentials and discarding the superfluous
- Schematic Design – conceptual and space planning including floor plans, computer and/or hand renderings, the selection of furnishings, finishes and accessories as needed to express the vision for clients' approval
- Design Development – detailed drawings and specifications package which is actionable by vendors and trades and fundamental to a project's successful execution
- Purchasing – ordering of furnishings, finishes and accessories required to produce a turnkey product or simply execute the scope of work
- Project Coordination – bidding, scheduling, liaising with vendors, trades and service providers, code consultants, architects, and all the human resources involved in bringing a new construction or a renovation project to completion on time and on budget
On each and every project, we serve as our clients' representative and fiduciary, always advocating on their behalf.
DESIGN INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP
Throughout her career, Claudia has devoted her energy, enthusiasm and leadership to the design industry in support of education and innovation.
She served on both the International Board of Directors (2013 to 2015) and New York Chapter Board of Directors (2009- to 2015) for the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA).
In 2012, she was elected the youngest-ever President in the then 65-year history of the IFDA New York chapter of the organization whose members provide services and products to the furnishings and design industry. During her tenure, she brought renewed vigor, infectious enthusiasm and a technological upgrade to the association that focuses on enhancing education, professionalism and stature of the design industry.
She established its current digital and social media communication channels; ushering in a new crop of membership and a restructuring of the board of directors. She spearheaded The Brainstorm Bunch, which was the fountainhead for some of the Chapter's premier membership events such as its monthly C3 (Cocktails, Conversations and Connections); and set the stage for a renowned Circle of Excellence awards, which bi-annually honor a coterie of the furnishings and design industry's best and brightest. Claudia presided over the high profile event in 2012 with Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler as the masters of ceremony.
Claudia was awarded first place for Whole Room Integration in the 2013 Envision Design Competition and was a recipient of the Tony Torrice Professional Development Grant from the IFDA Educational Foundation. A member of the Design Industry Leadership Network (DLN), an association of leading professionals in the design industry, Claudia is a New York state Certified Interior Designer (CID) and NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer. She received a double bachelor’s degree with honors in Advertising and Communications from Syracuse University.