Stephanie Coffaro

Stephanie Coffaro

Brooklyn, NY, US



My formal design training took place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, culminating in 2011 with a BS in Interior Architecture.  Since then, I have worked as a professional designer in a variety of capacities and places around the world.  Three years immediately after school were spent exclusively in New York City, working closely with brands like Samsung, Disney, Nautica, and Victoria's Secret among others to create innovative retail experiences.  I then spent several years on the road traversing our stunning, symphonic planet.  Seeking inspiration from every corner, I learned more about design, people, and life than I ever thought possible.  During that time, I took on a multitude of creative projects, including a new concept for the Albuquerque airport, cultivating a new brand experience for a fragrance company in Saudi Arabia, assisting a dear friend in establishing her first children's boutique, engaging as a guest speaker and designer of the Trends Home at Surfaces in Las Vegas in 2017, and a near-gut renovation of a hundred-year-old townhome in Brooklyn. 

Having experienced how humans live in so many different places, my appreciation for design as well as the health of our earth has evolved dramatically.  Now more than ever, design has the opportunity to affect human and planetary life for the better.  As a natural observer, I have learned that the impact and relevance of the built environment extends far beyond aesthetic beauty. What we are surrounded by has a profound effect on who we are, how we feel, and how we behave. 

Using creative solutions and a do-good philosophy, I aim to nurture and materialize people's deepest reveries and needs in ways that are both helpful and honest.  By creating purposeful, healthy and immersive experiences where people can emotionally connect with the world around them, we solve an oft neglected part of being human: fostering a sense of community and interdependence, a place for belonging.  This in itself is a privilege and a responsibility deserving of utmost care and conscience.  With good humor and collaboration, I look forward to putting our heads together as we collectively shape our future into a more meaningful, thoughtful, and accepting place.


Pompei C3, 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.

Feb 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 - Feb 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 - Feb 2012


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