D’Apostrophe Design Inc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
Senior Interior Designer & Styling Director
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.
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.
Junior Interior Designer
Emily graduated from Pratt Institute in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Prior to joining D'Apostrophe, she worked on both commercial and residential projects, through internships with design and construction firms. These opportunities allowed her to transition her knowledge of art and design from school, to exploring its application in a built environment.
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.
Office Manager & Personal Assistant
Lou Peralta is the Office Manager at D'Apostrophe Design and Personal Assistant to Francis D'Haene. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Photography from SUNY Purchase. Before joining D’Apostrophe, he was the Gallery Manager at Benrubi Gallery for eight years and the Office Manager at Golden Seeds for three years, an angel investment firm supporting companies owned and run by women. His professional experience has been in the arts, exhibition and event production, and office management.
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.