Profile

We are an inspired interior design firm specializing in residential projects.  We have evolved in response to clients’ desire for unique, customized and functional environments. Our design sensibility integrates real life solutions filtered through our knowledge of art, design, and architecture, with a focus on the importance of beauty in our surroundings. Our work is always tailored to the project and is a reflection of our clients’ individual taste and requirements. Our purpose it to create enthusiasm and wonder in clients. There is not an ABD “look”, though people often comment that our design solutions are recognizable- unique, distinctive, and “feel right.” The signature elements of our work are spaces that are at once sophisticated, soothing, cozy, colorful, and even surprising: eclectic with purpose. We strive for imaginative, practical, and delightful solutions that appeal to clients’ dreams.

photo courtesy of Covid-19 and Zoom

Process - Short Form

  • Define: Most certainly the critical phase in which we discover clients’ vision, project goals, budgets, and (secret) dreams.  We meet with clients and discover the site,  document existing conditions, coordinate information, and begin to determine a unique design direction with specific solutions.

    Design: Creative work begins and solutions evolve, layered and refined: the picture comes into focus.  In a key series of interactive working sessions with clients we present phased options.  Spaces, materials, and furnishings are specified and documented.  We collaborate with a network of contractors and fabricators to synthesize design concepts into real, coordinated spaces and environments.

    Deliver: Designs become real.  Materials, schemes, and furnishings are ordered, built, and become tangible.  ABD coordinates fabrication, delivery, and installation. Project: complete.

About us

Principal

Andra Birkerts

 

Art informs Andra’s life and work. Her heritage: generations of artists, is a vital influence on Andra’s work. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree she earned an MFA in painting from the Nova Scotia College of Art. She has taught drawing, worked in the Interiors Department at Arrowstreet Inc, and was a founding partner at Linea5 in Cambridge where she created and managed the interiors department. Andra has been recognized for excellence in interior design, painting, and graphic design. Her deep knowledge and love of art history and architecture are the foundation of her multi-faceted design work. Watercolor painting on a quiet island cultivate creativity and provide relaxation.  Andra’s secret pastime is a leisurely open water swim.

SENIOR DESIGNER

Avery True

Avery joined ABD as an intern while she was studying design at Endicott College.  Years later Avery has become a Senior Designer and is the one who maintains our institutional memory. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Endicott College with a degree in Interior Design. Avery is skilled at the disappearing arts of hand drafting and rendering. She has worked for a top New York interior designer and is a talented wedding photographer. Her latest creative accomplishment is the arrival of her baby girl, Vera Mae.

SENIOR DESIGNER

Michelle Winseck

An accomplished baker and nature lover, Michelle was raised in western Massachusetts. She has worked at commercial and residential firms in the Berkshires and Boston before joining ABD. Michelle is a graduate of The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University. She also studied art history in at John Cabot University in Rome.

DESIGNER

Cimon Starr

Cimon’s heart lies somewhere west of the Mississippi River. Raised in Colorado, schooled in Oregon, and settled in California, Cimon is a valuable addition to our East Coast team. Cimon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs at Lewis and Clark College. She has continued her art and design education at Pacific Northwest College of Art and UC Berkeley, receiving a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture and Design. Cimon has extensive experience in graphic arts and marketing.

OFFICE MANAGER

Harris Footer

Harris secretly longs to design and build a seaside cabin in Maine. An ambitious gardener, he relaxes best in the water or on a bicycle. A graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis, Harris was a principal in a wholesale distribution business before transitioning to the world of interior design. He manages finance, operations, and human resources for ABD.

Artist: Sarah Innes