Chango & Co. is a full-service New York interior design & interior architecture firm with personality to spare. The firm specializes in interior design, interior architecture, custom furniture design and art curation & placement for high-end residences, restaurant & hotels.
The firm is led by creative designer Susana Simonpietri. Over the last decade, Susana has held the position of Senior Designer for some of the most prominent design firms in America, taking the lead designer and project manager roles for various international resorts, hotels, restaurants, and private residences.
Simonpietri received her Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Literature and Modern Languages from the University of Puerto Rico. During her Bachelor's she studied at La Sorbonne, Paris & the University of Warwick, England. She received a Master in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, focusing on Interior Design & Interior Architecture.
Simonpietri went on to become Junior Designer at the prestigious firm of Benjamin Noriega Ortiz (BNO) in SoHo NYC. It was there that she began her experience with hospitality design, working on several pitches for the W Hotel brand (for Starwood Hotels) and designs for the homes of celebrity clients Lenny Kravitz, Sean "Diddy" Combs, and Damon Dash.
After a two-year tenure at BNO, she was scouted by Studio GAIA and held the position of Senior Project Manager. There she began her relationship with the Thompson Hotel Group, where she was project manager & lead designer for Donovan House, a 193-room hotel venture in Washington DC. This project earned her recognition in as one of "18 designers to watch" by Boutique Design Magazine in 2008. While at Studio GAIA she was the lead designer and project manager for numerous restaurants, large-scale hotels, and residential architecture projects.
From Studio GAIA, Susana moved on to Zeff Design where she held the position of Senior Project Manager. There she designed & managed a long list of projects including many well-published residential homes in New York City and the Hamptons, in addition to hotel projects and restaurant ventures around the world.
She founded Chango & Co. in early 2009 and quickly earned praise for the well-published design of The Mermaid Inn in the West Village. Her second project was the gut renovation of the 19th century Brooklyn brownstone townhouse she currently calls home.
About The Chango & Co. Team:
The "& Co." in Chango & Co. consists of the firm's creative director, managing director, juniors, interns and a trusted team of contractors, sub-contractors, mill-workers, furniture makers, upholsterers, expediters & structural engineers. Since we opened our doors in 2009, we've completed dozens of residential and commercial projects with this team - with nothing but beautiful spaces and happy clients to show for it.