“Often being in charge of multiple projects and deadlines Kerstin is able to translate clients’ needs into relevant and compelling, brand-enhancing solutions while staying calm and focused under great pressure, and with great attention to details.” Bruce Teitelbaum, CEO at RPG. • Seasoned luxury and specialty retail design professional with creativity, talent and the ability to handle multiple projects. • 10+ year interior design experience with proven expertise in providing design leadership for 35+ retail and other commercial projects for high-end beauty and fashion brands. • Leads challenging design projects from initial concept through completion. • Equipped with a clearly defined design aesthetic based on the theory of emotional design supporting the environment and man and well-being. • Pairs conceptual thinking, solid technical design skills and FF+E expertise with strong organizational and leadership skills.

Work Samples

  • Retail

  • Clothing Boutique

  • Office Spaces

Work History

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Dec. 2011 – current KVH Interior Design - New York CREATIVE DIRECTOR • Lead design projects from start to finish, including design conceptualization & development, • Plan spaces, specify FF&E, process POs, produce construction documents, and provide construction management for retail, hospitality, corporate and residential projects. Oct. 2007 – Nov. 2011 RPG - New York DESIGN DIRECTOR • Provided team leadership through all phases of the design process. • Established creative direction and generated concepts for (18) renowned fashion and beauty brands for flagship stores, shop-in-shops and headquarters. • Followed through design development to shop drawings and construction documentation. • Planned spaces for 9,000sf headquarters. Specified FF&E for commercial and retail projects. Designed custom furniture, fixtures and finishes. • Allocated and mentored new team members. Established project teams. • Partnered closely with project managers through to the end of the construction process to ensure the design intent, deadlines and budgets were met. • Improved departmental processes and fee structure by identifying individual project phases and time lines. May 2003 – Sept. 2007 RPG - New York SENIOR DESIGNER • Played instrumental role in building new interior design department from scratch to a team of seven designers. • Led projects from conceptual design to completion in close collaboration with project manager. vom Hagen Interior Design Feb. 2000 – May 2003 New York DESIGN DIRECTOR • Executed and managed residential and commercial projects from concept to completion. • Consulted on various design projects. March 1999 – March 2000 Naomi Leff & Associates - New York INTERMEDIATE DESIGNER, LIBRARIAN • Completely reorganized material library within six weeks to be more efficient and easy to use. • Promoted to intermediate designer in two months and assigned all FF&E aspects of the renovation of the United Airlines Red Carpet Club and First Class Lounge at LAX, Los Angeles. • Key FF&E designer on Hilfiger by Tommy Hilfiger showroom and roll-out. July 1998 – Feb. 1999 MR Architecture & Décor - New York JUNIOR DESIGNER • Developed bidding and construction documents, maintained budgets sheets. Managed construction process under supervision. Sept. 1993 – August 1995 Gunther Lambert GmbH - Germany PRODUCT DESIGNER, ASSISTANT TO VP OF MARKETING AND VISUAL MERCHANDISING • Designed home textile collection and tableware (Designs are still part of the current collection.) • Developed marketing tools for sales representatives. • Assisted in coordinating and styling of company lifestyle book shot on Mallorca, Spain. • Managed company showroom. • Attended to V.I.P. private clients. SOFTWARE AutoCAD 2004-2013, Adobe CS5; Sketch-Up; MS Office. EDUCATION BFA, Interior Design, Parsons New School, New York BFA, Fashion Design, FH für Gestaltung, Pforzheim, Germany LANGUAGES English, German, conversational French, basic Italian.

Education

BFA, Interior Design, Parsons New School, New York BFA, Fashion Design, FH für Gestaltung, Pforzheim, Germany

Specialties

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