Kati Curtis Design

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KKATI CURTIS DESIGN is a full service, New York City interior design firm specializing in classic design with a global influence. Whether designing residential or commercial spaces, KCD has built a reputation on achieving highly individual results for a discerning, international clientele. KCD crafts visual stories that become signature surroundings. Guided by clients’ aspirations, as well as their diverse experiences, the firm designs singular interiors, which allow clients to fully express who they are, and what holds meaning to them. The history and location of the project, coupled with KCD’s broad base of experience, and its firm belief that successful design must be generated by the individual characteristics of each project, lets KCD create extraordinary interiors. A portfolio of completed work includes historic restorations, contemporary renovations and new construction projects. Supported by an underlying thread of sustainable quality, Kati Curtis Design ensures that the clients’ greatest investment is also their greatest source of comfort, pride and self-expression. Kati Curtis founded Kati Curtis Design in 2005 after over 12 years of working in international architecture, and engineering firms on both the east and west coasts. Featured in such publications as the Architectural Digest, New York Times and Financial Times, Curtis has been privileged to work with many of New York’s most successful institutions and individuals. After quickly developing a following among an influential Manhattan client base, Kati Curtis Design expanded to include projects throughout New York City, and the world.

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    • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
      “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou And we agree. For us, this means designing homes our clients feel are rich with meaning. Interiors that speak to them personally, that feel safe, and that say, “I’m here, I’ve arrived.” nyc townhouse interior design We start… In the same way. Always. Asking a million questions, finding out about you. Your wants and your needs, your loves and your hates. Your lifestyle. We’re learning what’s meaningful to you, and what you want your home or office to say about you. Then, we begin our design process. First… We develop your initial schematic designs. Why? To help you visualize your new interiors. Then… We create construction documents. Why? Because these drawings inform craftspeople, trades people and contractors of how exactly to build out your interiors. Next… We design your palette. Why? By creating the vision, by setting the stage, by giving you a glimpse of: your materials, finishes and colors, your millwork, custom cabinetry and much more, you’re seeing what your interiors will look like, and equally important, what they’ll feel like. After that… We finalize all the drawings, all the layouts, all the custom finishes and all the details (and details, details.) Followed by you, giving your approval. And we move to… Purchasing. Ordering, shipping, receiving…and inspecting. Because when something arrives broken (and something always does) we’re there to take care of it. Concurrent to this is construction. Where we are your… Project manager. Overseeing and coordinating your process from construction, electrical, plumbing, lighting installation, AV, landscaping, and every other imaginable facet of construction. From the ground up (literally) we’re keeping an eye on your “punch list,” constantly reviewing and updating it, always ensuring that every thing is being done correctly, and beautifully. Simultaneously, we are… Uploading. Photos and videos of the construction process. You’ll see your home or your office taking shape before your eyes. (Okay, your screen.) While also, we are… Doing something (oddly) called: “staging for installation.” Simple English? We’ve got everything in our warehouse, inspected, organized, and ready for installation. Yes, we said it… Installation. We show up with truckloads of your goodies. We take care of all the big heavy lifting. (Well, we find all the big strong guys who take care of all the big heavy lifting). And since we’ve drawn everything (and obsessed over every other thing.) Since we measured every possible angle, height, width and depth, we’re sure that your sofa’s going to fit in the elevator. (And oh, that hand-carved, antique armoire we had shipped from Indonesia? We’re sure it will fit through your front door–in one piece.) Finally… The Big Reveal. Groceries are in your pantry. Flowers are on your table. Coffee’s made, your candles are lit, and your wine’s decanting. We’ve met your every need so that you can simply walk in and live your life. And your lifestyle. Why we did it? Because we love… Seeing your eyes light up when you walk in to your new interiors. And hearing you say, “It’s exactly me. It’s just what I wanted. How did you know?” And it’s our greatest hope that you will never forget how we made you feel.
    • What types of customers have you worked with?
      We most provide full scale architectural, design and construction management services for major, high-end home and office renovations.
    Coverage Area for Kati Curtis Design is about 150+ miles of New York, NY.