A bespoke, bare-knuckled and straight forward approach to high end design, focusing on unique and highly customized interiors, furniture and lighting.
WHO WE ARE
Parts and Labor Design is a full service design firm specializing in hospitality, commercial and retail spaces. Based in New York City, PLD offers a bespoke, bare-knuckled and straight forward approach to high end design, focusing on unique and highly customized interiors, furniture and lighting. In 2009 partners Andrew Cohen and Jeremy Levitt sought out to start a company whose foundation is built upon their relationships with fellow designers, fabricators, and most importantly their clients. Their goal is that each product embodies integrity, originality and a love of design.
Cohen and Levitt bring over ten years of furniture, lighting and interior design experience that has been recognized in publications such as Interior Design, Architectural Digest, Wallpaper, Surface and Hospitality Design, as well as nominated for outstanding design by both Hospitality Design Magazine and the James Beard Foundation. Their breadth of work has ranged from custom residential furniture and lighting to large scale international hospitality projects. They've received the 2012 Wave of the Future award by Hospitality Design Magazine, Travel + Leisure's Best Restaurant Design of 2013 - Honorable Mention for Atera and Esquire Magazine's Best New Restaurant of 2013 - The Elm. And most recently PLD has been nominated as finalist for 'Most Outstanding Restaurant Design in 2015' by the James Beard Foundation for The Grey in Savannah, Georgia.
Andrew’s earliest influence was watching his father late at night drawing up millwork designs at the kitchen table. Those late nights translated to more of the same at Cornell University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, with frequent diversions in sculpture and art studios. Upon graduating he moved to New York City and while working at Sony Pictures Digital, found refuge at the Education Alliance welding studios, and the furniture and lighting studios at the School of Visual Arts. Having decided to follow his lifelong interest in design Andrew then headed north, receiving a Masters in Architecture degree from the University of Toronto AL+D. During his tenure there he apprenticed for Kai Leather Design and Wood Studio on high-end restaurant and retail projects. He then interned as head model maker at Hellmuth Obata Kassabaum (HOK) in New York City, and in 2005 traveled throughout China, Japan and Vietnam. In 2006 Andrew returned to New York City to join the offices of award-winning hospitality design firm AvroKO as Senior Designer. Leading restaurant projects from New York to LA to Shanghai, as well as AvroKO’s self-propelled projects, his expertise and curiosities took form. Now as Principal at Parts and Labor Design he develops projects, concept through construction, as well as custom furniture and lighting design, alongside Jeremy Levitt, whose intensity and passion for design rival his own.
Jeremy is originally from Detroit where his deep-rooted interest in the design and beauty of machinery has been a significant influence in a lot of his work. With a BFA from the College for Creative Studies of Detroit, Jeremy graduated with an interdisciplinary degree; a major he helped to create which is now a fully functioning component of the school’s curriculum, combining the most important aspects of Crafts and Industrial Design. His specialty is furniture and lighting design, as well as sculpture and architectural-installation design. From Detroit, where he owned his first business of making custom furniture and lighting for clients, Jeremy moved to New York City to grow as a designer and entrepreneur. He began working for Gaetano Pesce as a designer and fabricator, then became the Senior Industrial Designer/Project Manager for Donghia Furniture. After Donghia he became the Furniture and Lighting Director for the Manhattan based hospitality design firm AvroKO where he developed hundreds of products for use in commercial and residential projects. Now, as one of the Principals of Parts and Labor Design he creates all custom high end furniture and lighting, as well as the surrounding architectural spaces alongside Andrew Cohen.
WHAT WE DO
Each project at its inception is developed around a specific design concept that carries thru every element of a project. That concept is driven by our own unique interpretation of the client’s expressed needs and desires, spinning it in a fresh and unexpected way. Our breadth of work reaches from New York to Dubai, and includes restaurants, bars, hotels and retail projects at every scale.
FURNITURE + LIGHTING
Custom furniture and lighting are integral components to every project in elevating the design concept and achieving a distinctly unique style. The level of detail and finish expressed in each material used are all significant in developing the singular character and integrity of each piece. All of which are designed and fabricated by PLD and our talented team of fabricators and vendors.
TO THE TRADE
Additionally, custom lighting and furniture packages are offered for design firms who require a helping hand in executing their vision for a particular project. PLD also develops products for commercial and residential spaces based on our existing designs, or made custom per client request. We offer both design and fabrication services, and are a firm believer that anything is possible.
ART + INSTALLATIONS
Invaluable to any project are those elements that take the design to another level of unexpectedness and originality. These custom features take on many forms and add yet another layer of character and style, reinforcing those initial conceptual inspirations.