ABOUT STUDIO DB
As a design/build architecture and interiors firm, Studio DB engages in and oversees every aspect of the project from architecture, interior design, construction administration, through furnishing and styling. We begin each project by looking for unique, creative and site specific solutions for each client and take a hands-on approach implementing our design.
We thrive on the challenge of finding unique solutions to design and construction limitations, working with skilled craftspeople to create conscious and livable spaces. Through clear communication and in depth team leadership, we provide our clients with valuable project scheduling and cost restraints, resulting in beautiful projects that meet their expectations of time and budget.
Studio DB is a Manhattan based design firm headed by partners Damian and Britt Zunino who bring their diverse backgrounds together to offer varying perspectives and approaches to design. Our studio includes designers with varying backgrounds which allows us to have a unique vision and approach to the spaces we design.
WHAT WE DO
Studio DB is a multi-talented design studio that offers some of the following services to it's clients:
- architectural and interior design
- complete project management and scheduling
- building department proposals and structural coordination
- floor plan drawings and millwork details
- construction administration and project management
- custom finishes, lighting and furniture design and fabrication
- sourcing of finishes, furniture and accents
- purchasing, coordination and selection of furnishings
- contractor negotiations and coordination of trades
WHO WE ARE
BRITT ZUNINO studied painting in Colorado while pursuing a career in professional snowboarding. She later attended the Interior Design program at F.I.T. in New York. Britt pursued her design career working for Ellen Tracy, managing their merchandising program throughout the Northeast, and for Downtown by Philippe Starck. She has been a stylist for such magazines as Martha Stewart Living, Weddings and Blueprint. She enjoys building cardboard forts with her four children.
DAMIAN ZUNINO received his Master in Architecture from Yale University, and, after building several homes in New Haven, began working for Cook + Fox Architects in New York. He has worked with Zuberry Development on the development, design and construction of several large scale commercial and residential projects. He became a LEED Accredited Professional to encourage and facilitate the building of green design. Damian is a licensed architect in the State of New York and a member of the AIA.
KATE GRAY is an impassioned and driven designer currently living in Red Hook, Brooklyn. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Furniture Design at Rhode Island School of Design in 2007 and relocated to New York City upon graduation. She enjoys the diverse culture and constant energy of New York as well as all of the influences that the design community here has to offer. She has worked with top New York designers in Interior, Product and Furniture Design and is thrilled to have found her position with Studio DB that incorporates all three. In her time off, Kate enjoys welding, cooking, and cycling.
SUNNY SALKAR received his Bachelor of Architecture from Mumbai University and his Master of Science in Architecture from Pratt Institute. He is a licensed architect in India, certified LEED AP and holds a RIBA – part II recognition. Sunny began his work as a part-time designer at ‘Salkar & Associates’, while still pursuing his B.Arch degree education. He gained experience on residential architecture and site execution. After graduating, he joined IAG Consultants Pvt. Ltd as a Junior Project Architect. While at IAG, he designed and documented prestigious residential projects, office towers, transport hubs and master planning projects. Sunny has a keen interest in the field of computer animation, enjoys outdoors, sports, and photography.
ANASTASIA YUFEROVA born in Moscow, Anastasia relocated to New York City in 1993, focusing her studies on art. Her studies led her to Parsons The New School for Design, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Since graduating, she has worked for award winning firms on projects spanning around the globe. Design is a not only a career for but also a lifestyle for Anastasia, as she seeks inspiration in everything she encounters. Her discerning eye, unique sense of aesthetic, and her collaborative approach create spaces that reflect the narrative of the people who occupy them. On her time off, Anastasia enjoys travelling and spending time with friends.
DAVID FREDLUND received his Masters of Architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. His work at CCA was deeply rooted in the context of the Bay Area and ranged from experimental urban interventions to furniture design and woodworking. Post-graduation, David practiced high end residential architecture in San Francisco. He has recently relocated to New York City, a bit closer to his home town of Rochester, New York. Since relocating, David is inspired daily by the density, diversity, and fashion of New York. He enjoys exploring through trying new running routes, eating at new restaurants, and seeing as much live music as possible.
VALERIE HERNANDEZ received her Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and Business Administration & Management from Boston University. During her studies in Boston, she did precedent and in depth studies on significant Boston buildings and landmarks. Born and raised in New York City, she grew up with a love for historical buildings and the fast-paced evolution of the city. She came back to New York find a great home at Studio DB where she serves as the team's studio manager and design assistant. During her free time, Valerie enjoys watching sports, running in Central Park, and exploring the city.
LAUREN PASSARO received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Boston College, where she focused primarily on Modern and Contemporary art and architecture. While in Boston, she worked at several art museums and galleries, sparking her passion for art and design. Upon moving to New York, she received a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design at Parsons The New School for Design, where her studies were founded in and guided by her background in art history and museum studies. For inspiration, Lauren loves traveling, exploring the city, visiting museums, and spending time with family and friends.
LEAH BEVER grew up in Vermont with two primary passions: music and design. Before college, she interned with TruexCullins affirming her love for interiors. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, minoring in Art History, at F.I.T. in New York. While studying, she worked for CDR&Co cultivating her skills in largely known projects such as The Wing Woman’s Club and La Pecora Bianca restaurants. These experiences helped prepare her for her career at Studio DB.Outside of work, she enjoys visiting new exhibitions, exploring new foods and walking her Havanese along the Hudson. Her passion for design is always kindling, especially when exploring the streets of the city which she’s learned to call home.
JENIFER JESSEE received her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Florida State University and a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. Her time spent in a post-industrial city like St. Louis informed her love of adaptive reuse, work within an existing infrastructure and the power of architecture to tell a story. Moving to New York City shortly after graduation, she has worked on a wide range of projects from large-scale School Construction Authority rehabilitations to single-family apartment gut renovations. Jen enjoys discovering new music, coffee with friends and getting lost in the city.