Francis D’Haene, a Belgian-born, New York City-based architect and designer, founded D’Apostrophe Design, Inc. in 1996. With a residential and commercial focus, his design studio specializes in architectural, interior and furniture design. D’Haene’s discerning clientele includes design-savvy homeowners, art dealers and gallerists such as Christophe van de Weghe, Per Skarstedt, Dominique Levy and Stellan Holm. His work for this venerable list includes New York City apartments and lofts, private homes in the Hamptons and gallery spaces in Chelsea and uptown. He recently completed an upper west side apartment for art collectors, a Paris apartment in Saint Germain, the New York offices of the Calder Foundation, a downtown loft and several houses in the Hamptons. From an original Takashi Murakami to the Campaña brothers “Boa” sofa, D’Haene’s projects seamlessly blend art and design. His work has received numerous awards including a 2010 Interior Design Best of Year Award and has been recognized by top design publications from around the world.
A graduate of St. Lukas in Brussels, Francis D’Haene moved to New York in 1992 to pursue his design career. He quickly got his foot in the door with several freelance stints for prominent design firms including Robert Metzger and Marc Charbonnet. Shortly after, he began working with Mark Zeff and gained valuable experience within the international design community. In 1996, he founded his design studio, D’Apostrophe Design, Inc., in 1996, and then went on to launch D’Apostrophe, LLC, the exclusive BULO showroom in the east of the USA, in 1999. Over a decade later the showroom has grown into a resource for international and design-forward brands, yet still remains true to its Belgian roots.