D’Apostrophe Design Inc.

About Us

The architecture and interiors of D’Apostrophe Design are characterized by a mixture of simplicity and sensuality with a preference for primary forms. Our design is an outcome of progressive refinement, in which materials are used to curate space and movement, that are then accentuated by composing objects and art. We are simple, clear, pure, silent, polished, minimal and relaxed.

Francis D’Haene

Principal - Lead Designer

Francis D’Haene, a Belgian-born, New York City-based architect and designer, founded D’Apostrophe Design, Inc. in 1996. Francis graduated from St. Lukas in Brussels before moving to New York in 1992 to pursue his design career. He gained valuable experience within the international design community, working alongside Robert Metzger, Marc Charbonnet, and Mark Zeff. His background in art, coupled with his vision for architecture and interior design, give him a clear design sensibility, which is prevalent in his residential, retail, and public projects. His work has received numerous awards, including a 2010 Interior Design Best of Year Award and has been recognized by all the top design publications from around the world.

Dave McAlpine

Architect of Record - AIA

Dave received his BArch from the University of Notre Dame and later received his MS in Architecture from Columbia University. He has a wide range of experience with completed works in residential, commercial, and hospitality. He is a registered architect in the State of New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Connecticut; his license has been active for over 35 years. Dave first collaborated with Francis in 1992 and they have worked together ever since. Sharing the same design vision has allowed them to collaborate and complete several projects together over the past 25 years.

Mori Button

Director of Architecture

Mori Button (neé Buster) is the Director of Architecture and a Jr Partner at D'Apostrophe Design. She oversees the architectural projects and staff in both the NY and LA offices, specializing in high-end residential and commercial projects. She received a BArch from Pratt Institute in New York in 2007. Before joining D'Apostrophe, Mori held a Retail Director position for 5 years, working extensively on commercial and retail projects across the US and internationally and completing over 50 luxury boutiques worldwide. Her work for Christian Louboutin has been featured in (inter)national publications and won an Interior Design BOYA award.

Hanna Egan

Director of Interior Design

Hanna is an interior designer who specializes in high-end residential, multifamily development, hospitality, and spa resort properties. With a BFA in Interior Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, she has worked extensively with a diverse group of clientele and is no stranger to the art world. Her emphasis on refined luxury has led to the completion of superlative work that have been printed in many fine publications. She supports Francis's passion in crafting prestigious and mindful projects, which provide full design service including art, décor, and other lifestyle additives.     

Havard Cooper

Senior Project Manager

Havard specializes in high-end residential, multifamily developments and hotels. Havard has completed projects in the US, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in his previous positions. His work has been recognized by AIA New York and Architectural Digest. Havard earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Professional Master of Architecture from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is a LEED Green Associate and a registered architect in the State of New York and Connecticut.  

Khelly Koomalsingh

Project Manager

Khelly received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and English from the University at Buffalo, followed by her Master’s in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to joining D’Apostrophe Design, her professional experience focused on the design of retail, residential, and cultural spaces with offices in New York, Paris, and Hong Kong. In addition to her architectural work, she has also been involved in various scales of design, including products, graphics, and branding.

Erik Pedersen

Project Manager

Erik received a BArch from Pratt Institute in 2007. He has worked on institutional and residential projects throughout the US, as well as commercial and retail projects both domestically and internationally, completing dozens of luxury boutiques worldwide. His work for Christian Louboutin has been featured in numerous international design publications. 

Caroline Kruis

Architectural Designer

Caroline graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture. After graduating, she moved to New York and began her professional career. Before joining D’Apostrophe Design, she primarily focused on retail spaces in New York and Connecticut. 

Morgane Gervais

Architectural Designer

Morgane completed her BA in Interior Design and Architecture at the Instituts Saint-Luc in Brussels in 2013. While still in school, she had her first internship in Lasne, Belgium, where she worked on several projects all over the country. She moved to New York in 2014, where she contributed to high-end residential and commercial projects in New York City, Westchester, and Miami. She is now pursuing her Master’s in Management while working for D’Apostrophe Design. 

Katsuya Arai

Intermediate Project Manager

Katsuya received a BArch from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2009 and a MArch II degree from Cornell University in 2012. Prior to joining D’Apostrophe Design, he has worked for several international offices on commercial, residential, and retail projects. He enjoys working for D’Apostrophe because it is a design firm that continually inspires creativity throughout the design process.

Ferratti Valerio

Senior Interior Designer

Ferratti is an Interior Designer who graduated from the Art Institute of New York City. His cultivated background has led him to concentrate on high-end residential design with exceptional NYC designers. With his intimate and hands-on approach, he has worked on numerous exclusive projects, including a private plane and custom yacht. His experience is not limited to design, but also includes fine home elements with styling and lighting through Armani Casa and Ingo Maurer. 

Michelle Cardillo

Junior Interior Designer 

Michelle is an interior designer who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New York School of Interior Design. Before joining D’Apostrophe Design, she has worked for several New York based design firms on both hospitality and high-end residential design projects. She has an eclectic range of experience and has previously worked on projects under the creative direction of Mark Zeff, Anda Andrei and the Ian Schrager Company.

Josh McLaughlin

Office Manager

Josh received his B.A. in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology from Marymount Manhattan College in 2015. He has worked in a variety of settings within the fashion & design industry. Prior to joining D’Apostrophe Design, Josh managed Adjaye Associates New York office and assisted the Principal Architect on North American projects.  

Yalin Zhou

Accountant

Yalin received a B.A. in Accounting in China, where she interned at ING, Bain & Company, and the Bank of China. She moved to New York in 2013 and completed her MS in Accounting at Fordham University. Her professional experience has been in the music, fashion, and design industries. She is now pursuing a CPA license in the State of New York.

Cooper D'Haene

Brand Ambassador

Cooper, a King Charles and Cocker Spaniel mix, is from Brooklyn, NY. Prior to venturing into the workforce, he was a stay-at-home pup for a family with 3 children, the D'Haene's. He now splits his time between his family and D'Apostrophe Design Inc, as our Brand Ambassador, personally greeting every visitor to the D’East office. In between his busy schedule at the office, he can be found working on his game of fetch, taking strolls around TriBeCa, and daydreaming about visiting D'West.

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