FF&E Residential Design Assistant

San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Fri, Sep 10 '21Posted on:


NICOLEHOLLIS, an award-winning, large size Interior Design firm seeks a talented and motivated FF&E Design Assistant to assist our Residential Design Team. 

The FF&E Design Assistant contributes to the success of NICOLEHOLLIS, Inc. by assisting in general office and design duties, drafting, sourcing, coordinating, filing library and images. The ideal candidate will have 2-3 years of experience in residential interior design, focusing on high-end residential design.



The primary role of Design Assistant is to assist the designers during the design process by gathering required design materials for projects including:

  • Fabric samples, lead time, pricing
  • Furniture options, lead time, pricing
  • Paint and finish options, preliminary color schemes
  • Sketches for custom furniture, pillows, accessories
  • Compose mood boards, gather relevant images
  • Draft elevations, floor plans and render presentation drawings

Organize and maintain design library:

  • Set up meetings with vendors and present new materials to project team
  • Research building materials, furnishings and finishes
  • Maintain the fabric library, return samples to design center
  • Collect relevant images from magazines and books
  • Research new products and materials

Prepare for client meetings and other responsibilities as needed:

  • Gather and pack necessary materials and organize the meeting agenda
  • Write and revise specifications for furnishings
  • Create budgets, schedules and specifications
  • Type meeting notes, create project binders


  • Degree in Interior Design
  • Minimum of 2 years interior design experience
  • Excellent presentation skills, including space planning and drawing
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT
  • Ability to read a set of construction documents and section details
  • Ability to create and manage Excel spreadsheets
  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop
  • Knowledge of and/or ability to learn timekeeping and billing software
  • Experience selecting and specifying lighting, furnishings, hardware, floor/window coverings, materials, and finishes
  • Experience with Studio Designer Preferred
  • Ability to interact effectively with the design team on multiple projects
  • Experience with purchasing and budgets
  • Knowledge of trade resources and vendors, SF Design Center a plus


  • Task Focus: Delivers legendary service to clients and vendors that meets and exceeds expectations
  • Ethics & Integrity: Adheres to NICOLEHOLLIS, Inc. values, beliefs, and principles of innovation and excellence in design
  • Composure: Remains calm, maintains perspective, and responds in a professional manner when faced with tough situations
  • Personal Learning: Takes personal responsibility for the continuous learning of new knowledge, skills, and experiences
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Able to successfully function during times of uncertainty and changing priorities
  • Decision-Making: Makes keen, timely decisions based on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Builds effective relationships with all people—up, down and sideways, inside and outside of NICOLEHOLLIS, Inc.
  • Results Oriented: Gets results and achieves goals



This position is full time, permanent, and with full Healthcare Coverage, 401(k) Safe Harbor Matching, Pre-Tax Flexible Spending Account, Commuter Benefits, 529 College Pre-Tax Plan, and PTO


Please send resume, work samples, and salary requirements to

Phone calls or walk-in applications will not be accepted.

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