Clarissa Merrill Arnone

Clarissa Merrill Arnone

New York, NY, US

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I was born and raised in Florence, Italy, where I graduated from a linguistic high school, and started pursuing my passion for design. After obtaining my design degree at Florence Design Academy, I attended Savannah College of Art and Design. There, I studied Interior Design and received my degree in Fine Arts. I am currently living and working in New York, exploring all the different avenues of design.

My bilingual, bi-cultural background have given me an appreciation for both historic and modern design. I am very passionate about understanding the human experience and interaction with interiors, and designing for it.


Christian Louboutin Beauty, New York , Visual Merchandiser & Store Design Consultant

Conceptualizing and designing seasonal store layouts and displays to reflect
the Louboutin luxury experience. Working with lead designers, vendors, and
manufacturers to execute niche displays and packaging.

Jul 2018 - current

OTG Managment, New York, Graphic Designer

Designing layouts and developing content for: manuals, flyers, posters, banners,
wayfinding, products, and takeaway items.

Apr 2017 - Jul 2018

Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, Summer Intern

Research and development of schematic design for the renovation of the childrens learning area.

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015

Hollywood at Home (with Peter Dunham), New York, Summer Intern

Organizing and keeping swatch/sample closet full, creating fabric and furniture displays, organizing client paperwork and selections, helping with social media and site publications, covering showroom when needed.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Lovesac, Atlanta, GA., Sales Associate

Assisting clients in creating a personalized living area, monitoring clients’ products and needs until goods were received, being responsible for opening and closing store.

Jun 2013 - Nov 2013

West Side Foundry, Atlanta, GA, US, Interior Design Intern

Assisting rearranging of the furniture layout in the showroom, monitoring buying patterns and rearranging accessories accordingly, redesigning furniture vignettes, buying new art work and accessories for the store.

Jul 2013 - Sep 2013

Arrangements Can Be Made, Bethesda, MD, US, Summer Intern

Helping interact with clients to understand their needs, assisting in the design of the spaces and the floor plans on AutoCAD.

Aug 2012 - Aug 2012


Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Interior Design.

Sep 2012 - Apr 2016

Florence Design Academy, Florence, IT, Interior Design

Sep 2010 - May 2012


Dean's List, Award

I was on the Dean's List at SCAD every quarter of attendance.


Academic and Artistic Merit Scholarships, Scholarship

I received both Academic and Artistic merit Scholarships for all four years of attendance at SCAD.


Dual US/Italian citizenship, Other


Head Designer selected by BBDO for the Collaborative Work Experience, 1st Place

A collaborative experience between Interior Design majors and Graphic Design majors to create the BBDOAtl office. I was co-leader of the project with Melanie Neuman. The team was in charge of redisigning the 19th floor, as well as key areas of the 18th and 20th floor in a Buckhead skyrise. Personal responsibilitites were: concept, design of the floorplan and execution and correction of hand renderings, as well as supervision of other classmates’ work. Winter Quarter, 2015.


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