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Meredith Alcarese

Meredith Alcarese

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

About 

I'm a designer with 4 years of experience in large-scale high-end New York residential interiors, both on simple decorating jobs and on full home renovations.  I believe the best, most interesting design happens at that intersection of function and beauty, and a house is all the more beautiful when it really works as a home.  I most enjoy the collaborative nature of design, and the breadth of skills that this industry requires.  My pinterest addiction is becoming serious.  In short, I'm a nerd for design.

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Employment 

Eli Dweck Designs, Brooklyn, NY, US, Designer/Project Manager

Overseeing all phases of projects from initial design phase through installation: working with the head designer to develop design schemes, research furnishings, create floor plans and drawings for contractors and furnishing vendors, handle on-site meetings and installations, act as main contact for clients.

Oversaw and implemented major design overhaul of our own offices. Helped implement new design software for office management (Design Manager).

Jun 2011 - current
 

Brooklyn Artists Gym (now Brooklyn Art Space), Brooklyn, Gallery Director

Conceptualizing, marketing, organizing, and curating gallery shows. Organization and staffing of rented shows and events in gallery. Continued help with day-to-day functions of BAG.

Sep 2010 - Sep 2011
 

Brooklyn Artists Gym (now Brooklyn Art Space), Brooklyn, NY, US, Operations Manager

Daily management of studio and gallery space, giving tours of facility, online and print marketing, website overhaul and upkeep, member management, organizing and staffing gallery shows, management of interns. Self-taught Quickbooks to rectify 1 year incorrect and back-logged financial records, and updated office system of record-keeping.

Designed and oversaw a low-cost renovation of the studio area that doubled the income-producing square footage, helping bring the business from monthly losses back into the black. Began a program of art classes.

Began and curated a rotating schedule of open-call gallery shows, which grew the art community and produced income.

Jan 2010 - Sep 2010
 

Darren Brown Interior Design, New York, NY, US, Assistant Designer

Assistant in a two-person firm: managing multiple residential design projects for purchasing and on- site installations, CAD drafting, designing and preparing furniture specs, overseeing contractors, shopping for furnishings, assisting with design choices, office and sample library maintenence. Designed and implemented an efficient new Excel system for purchases and billing.

Feb 2008 - Apr 2009
 

Education 

Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY, US, Interior Design AAS

The Parsons AAS program is intended for adults who have received a minimum Bachelors degree in another area but want to enter the design field; it is therefore designed to provide the same content as a BA in interior design in a short time-frame with a focus on innovative thinking and technical skills.

Sep 2006 - Dec 2007
 

Trinity College, Hartford, CT, US, Bachelors, Studio Art

Sep 2001 - Jun 2005
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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