Sam Montesi

Sam Montesi

New York, NY, US




L'ORÈAL — KIEHL'S SINCE 1851, New York, NY, US, Global Retail Designer

• Lead the design of over 400+ freestanding stores & 1500+ point of sale doors globally to support yearly sales of more than one billion euros worldwide
• Concept, design, & render new stores and fixtures in order to elevate the brand aesthetic and increase customer conversion at point of sale
• Spearheaded the redesign of Kiehl’s NYC experiential flagship store in partnership with Fitch and full gut renovation of Tokyo flagship to exemplify brand DNA and heritage
• Independently design kit-of-parts pop-up shop for international rollout, implemented globally in 20+ airport terminals to increase Kiehl’s brand awareness
• Collaborate and partner with furniture manufacturers to produce custom fixtures

Apr 2016 - current

Peter Marino Architect, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

• Collaborated with PMA exclusive vendors to produce one-of-a-kind custom furniture and textiles for museum quality residences
• Rendered design development drawings for $70M townhouse gut renovation (New York, NY) and $32M ground up construction (Star Island, Miami)
• Created rendered visualizations to determine placement for clients’ blue-chip art collections
• Managed proposal, purchase order, and invoice detailed process with adherence to firm’s multi-step approval framework

Aug 2015 - Apr 2016

Andy Goldsborough Interior Design, New York, NY, US, Freelance Renderer

• Procured asset class and custom furniture for residential interiors with an elevated focus on marrying Mid-Century Modern and Italian design:
• Produced meticulous DD drawing sets, renderings, and graphically organized presentations
• Collaborated with project architects and contractors to ensure smooth and accurate execution of design intent
• Managed multiple projects on and off-site to ensure timely completion within budget
• Collaborated to bring to life the vision of a unique retail gallery, The Gilded Owl (Hudson, NY) showcasing Italian craftsmanship, contemporary art and high design by developing signage, retail touchpoint, and digital POS strategy

Jan 2014 - Aug 2015


• Produced drawings set for DOB submittal, including demolition, construction, RCP, and electrical
• Assisted with site survey, ADA & NYC Building Code compliance research, and overall design scheme for project

Jan 2014 - May 2014


Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Aug 2009 - Jul 2013

Areas of Specialization