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Stephanie Coffaro

Stephanie Coffaro

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

About 

Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI my fascination with the built environment began at a very young age.  Setting up my Barbies’ houses but never actually playing with them, unknowingly creating floorplans at age 6 on my dad’s state-of-the-art Window’s 95, earning millions of simoleons so that I could build impressive estates for the Sim families that would shortly thereafter be abandoned; these things were always just my way of entertaining myself.  It wasn’t until my second year of college that I realized what I was actually doing, and that perhaps it was worth pursuing as more than just my version of playtime.  Now the proud owner of a BS in Interior Design from UW-Madison, I think it’s safe to say that my love affair with spatial visualization has evolved into something slightly more serious.  Immediately after graduation in 2011, opportunity knocked and off to New York City I went.  “Go big or go home”, I thought to myself.  I’ve been in NYC for 2 years now, and every day brings something bigger and newer to learn, and a new adventure to embark upon.

 

As a natural observer, I have learned that the impact and relevance of the built environment on human life extends far beyond aesthetic beauty.  I am passionate about three things: ice cream, baby animals, and most importantly, bringing people’s wild imaginations to life by creating unique, healthy and enveloping experiences where people can emotionally connect with the world around them.

An intense love for travel and human interaction coupled with a perpetual desire to problem solve and learn something new have been driving forces behind all of my work and personal endeavors. While I have worked in a variety of aesthetic capacities from high-end residential design to visual merchandising and wardrobe styling, I find environmental design work to be the most challenging, rewarding and necessary.   What we are surrounded by has a profound effect on who we are, how we feel, and how we behave. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of the talented group of people responsible for creating, enabling, and shaping human behavior through physical form and space.

What I love most about design is its synonymity with adventure; always seeking something new, always seeking something different, always producing something meaningful.  Adventure means excitement, risk, and exploration of the unknown.  From Milwaukee to Madison to Italy and China, and now New York,  design has already taken me to amazing places, and I am always anticipating my next great adventure.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Pompei A.D., New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Designing retail environments for existing and developing brands from concept development through design documentation and roll-out. General responsibilities include client communications and presentations, project research and immersion, complete concept and design development, store programming, experience design, space planning, custom furniture and fixture design, material and finish selections, visual merchandising, and branding and strategy development. Additional responsibilities include drafting and editing proposals, presentation structuring and design, and social media management.

Mar 2012 - current
 

Camelot Interiors Inc., Madison, WI, US, Associate Designer

Associate designer in high end residential environments. Responsibilities included management of numerous design projects, website creation and management, social media management., production of all AutoCAD drawings and 3D renderings, and FFE specification.

Aug 2011 - Mar 2012
 

Karen and Company, Madison, WI, US, Stylist

Provided styling and personal shopping services, visual merchandising and store layout, event planning and fashion show coordination, greeting and assisting customers with emphasis on providing superior customer service, sales, and complete knowledge of client database.

Aug 2009 - Mar 2012
 

Education 

University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Bachelors of Science in Interior Design
Graduated with Distinctive Honors

Sep 2008 - Dec 2011
 

Peking University, Beijing, CN, Interior Design

Feng Shui intensive study

May 2011 - Jun 2011
 

Scuola Lorenzo di Medici, Florence, IT, Interior Design

Italian Language and Interior Design studies

Jan 2010 - May 2010
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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