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richard abi saab

richard abi saab

New York, NY, US

 

About 

I am an IIDA award winning creative designer with over 11 years of design and project management experience, focused on hospitality, retail, commercial and residential spaces. My goal is to create functional, dynamic, aesthetic places and sustainable interiors that enhance the quality of working and living environments and delivers the clients’ spoken and unspoken needs. My latest projects were with Estée Lauder Company working on a flagship & pop-up store for one of their confidential brands. Prior to that I was with Tommy Hilfiger working on their Broadway/Soho store renovation and the new high-end store in West Hollywood that was launched February 2013. Working internationally, I designed and supervised implementation for projects in cities such as New York, Paris, Beirut, Dubai, Qatar, Kiev and Berlin.

My education is reflective of my diverse background. I have earned a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design with honors from the New York School of Interior Design in 2011 and I have a Bachelor in Interior Architecture from Notre Dame University, Lebanon 2003.
 

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Lebanese American University, Byblos, LB - New York, NY, Part-Time Faculty Member

Architecture & Interior Design department, Lebanese American University

Feb 2014 - current
 

Richard Abi Saab Design LLC, New York, NY, US, Principal - Project Designer

. Designed and contracted multiple retail and hospitality projects in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa. Scope included managing and overseeing all architectural, interior & graphic aspects of projects from concept through punch list. Sample Projects:
- Bait Nazha, Lebanese restaurant, Lebanon, March 2014 - Present, 1950 SF
- Brouhaha, restaurant & lounge, Lebanon, Aug 2010 & Dec. 2004, 4000 SF
- Moka & More, coffee & lounge, 10 stores in Lebanon, Syria, Dubai, Qatar, & Egypt, 2006 to 2010, approximately 1950 SF each.
- Moka & Co. Kimbo italian coffee distributor in the MENA/coffee booth, 2005, 400 SF
- Chocoholic, chocolate booth, Lebanon, 2008, 130 SF
- Atrium Cafe, Marriott Hotel, Lebanon, 2006, 1350 SF

. Designed and contracted multiple residential projects in New York, Ukraine and Lebanon. Scope included managing and overseeing all architectural & interior aspects of projects from concept through punch list. Sample Projects:
- Morikawa Residence, New York, NY, Jan 2013, 444 SF
- Wharton Residence, Scarsdale, NY, Feb 2012, 3200 SF
- Abi Salloum Residence, Kiev-Ukraine, 2007, 9700 SF
- Saliba Residence, Lebanon, 2007 2350 SF
- Abi Youness Residence, Lebanon 2006, 1950 SF
- Sawaya Residence, Lebanon 2006, 5450 SF

. Designed and Contracted multiple trade show projects in the Middle East. Scope included managing and overseeing all architectural, interior & graphic aspects of projects from concept through punch list. Sample Projects:
- Moka & co.(kimbo italian coffee distributor in the MENA)
- Horeca (hospitality & food service industry) Lebanon & Dubai 2006-2007, 800 SF
- Garden Show, Lebanon 2006 - 2007, 750 SF
- Khalil Fatal & Fils (distributors of premium brands in the MENA)
- Dewars 12 year (VIP Lounge) 2007, 200 SF

. Designed and contracted multiple Horeca open space branding projects in the Middle East. Scope included managing and overseeing all architectural, interior, graphic & branding aspects of projects from concept through punch list. Sample Projects:
- Procter and Gamble (global operations) 2007
- Diageo (global operations) 2007
- Imperial Tobacco (global operations) 2007
- British-American Tobacco (global operations) 2007

. Designed and Contracted multiple projects in New York, Ukraine, the Middle East. Scope included managing and overseeing all graphic & branding aspects of projects from corporate identity and branding. Sample Projects:
- Aline Matsika (designer) Press Kit - Coffee Book, New York, 2012- present
- Green Bee (lawn care) Website - Brochure, Texas 2011- present
- teta (short movie)Title Designer, New York 2011
- Balzac Caffe (coffee shop) Germany 2011-2012
- f&b delivery (restaurant) Packaging - Menu, Lebanon 2009- present
- Gloria (bakery and pastry) Packaging, Ukraine, Kiev 2006
- moka & more (coffee shop) Menu, Lebanon 2006
- Brouhaha (restaurant) Packaging - Menu, Lebanon 2004 – present

. Designed and Contracted multiple projects in Lebanon Scope included managing and overseeing all architectural, interior & graphic aspects of projects from concept through final production. Sample Projects:
- Baaed Bakir (music video) Wissam al Rashed, Lebanon 2009
- Kimbo (italian coffee) Lebanon 2006

Case Study, 2009-2011 New York, NY
. Researched and Designed commercial and educational project. Project included a complete feasibility analysis, business case study as well as design.
-Bumble Bee 24 hours Daycare (Case Study) New York, NY, 2010 -2011 42,000SF

Jan 2003 - current
 

Omni//Form, New York, NY, US, Senior Interior Designer

. Worked directly with the firm’s principal Régis Péan on the concept and feel & look of the Brands/Projects.
. Designed, managed & oversaw all interior & graphic aspects of the projects.
. Led a team of 4 designers and was able to deliver the project on time, and within an accelerated schedule.
. Deliverables:
Concept Design for both Flagships & Pop-Up stores.
Study for all Furniture, Fixtures and Materials (Sample Boards).
Perspectives/3D studies and full graphic presentation.

Sep 2013 - Jan 2014
 

Tommy Hilfiger, New York, NY, US , Senior Interior Architect/ Designer

. Worked directly with the SVP of Creative Services on store design and visual projects. Projects in New York, California, Montreal & Vancouver.

. Worked directly with the SVP of Creative Services on store design and visual projects on several projects in New York, California, Montreal & Vancouver.
. Developed and designed new store fixtures. Provided detail drawings for fixture designs to millworker. Provided renderings for all conceptual presentations. Reviewed all construction documentation and millworker shop drawings. Worked with Project Management leads to customize elements for stores. Oversaw implementation of new store concepts and prototypes for architecture and fixtures.

Jun 2012 - Oct 2013
 

KLINGMANN Architects & Brand Consultants, New York, NY, US, Project Manager - Senior Designer, 2011-2012

. Worked directly with the firm’s principal on commercial and retail projects in Germany.

. Managed & oversaw all architectural, interior & graphic aspects of 6 “Balzac Cafe” shops from concept through punch list. Each shop was approximately 2400 SF. I led the interior design team and was able to deliver all projects on time, and within an accelerated schedule.

Aug 2011 - Feb 2012
 

Voici-Voilà, Paris, France , Visual & Creative Designer

. Worked directly with the owner and Art director for the France-based company ‘voici-voilà.

. Managed & oversaw all architectural, and interior aspects of several major projects for luxurious brands such as John Galliano, Chloé, Nina Ricci and Cerruti. I led the interior/ visual design team and was able to deliver all projects on time, and within an accelerated schedule.

Jun 2006 - Aug 2009
 

Education 

New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), Masters, Master of Fin Arts in Interior Design

Sep 2009 - May 2011
 

Awards 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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