Interior Design & Interior Architecture Assistant
Summer Thornton Design Inc.
Summer Thornton Design Inc is a world-class design firm known for fearlessly bold interiors and is regularly included on the 'best of' industry lists. Her first book, Wonderland, was an international best seller. The boutique firm has ~20 employees and is headquartered in Chicago but works on projects throughout North America. We are expanding our team with an additional Design Assistant / Interior Architecture Assistant.
Primary responsibilities can be found below:
Assist Designers in overseeing large-scale, long-term design projects from concept through installation for high-end residential and boutique hospitality projects
Assist in the drawing & development of comprehensive design plans & construction drawing sets including sourcing, floorplans, elevations, etc
Collaborate with outside consultants and project partners including Architects, General Contractors, Craftsmen, & more
Maintain strong relationships and communication with Designers, Senior Designers and outside vendors
Prepare proposals for product & labor
Prepare materials & organize presentations before client meetings
Design custom furniture, cabinetry, textiles and more to achieve the design vision
Create finish schedules and coordinate construction with architects/builders
Contact vendors for pricing & samples
Organize materials for client presentations
Assist with project installations
Assist with photo shoots
Capture photos for social media and internal documentation
Office tidying & organization as well as resource library maintenance/organization
Pick-up and return unused product & samples as required
May require up to 20% travel out-of-state
Seamlessly transition orders and contractor-management to Project Management group at firm
Key Qualifications & Skills:
Minimum 2 years (ideally 3-6 years) professional experience. Priority is typically given to those in a related field – interior design, architecture, product/furniture design, textile design, hospitality design, etc – though career changers may apply and have been successful in the past.
Bachelors degree (or Masters)
Strong 2D AUTOCAD & Photoshop experience preferred (or willingness to learn). Rendering, hand-sketching, and 3D skills a plus but not required.
Ability to problem-solve, try new things, and seek solutions with limited supervisor direction
Strong multi-tasking skills and ability to manage multiple projects with varying timelines and deliverables at once
Teamwork & collaboration-minded
Proactive self-starter – shows both initiative and detailed follow-through/completion
Strong attention to detail & strong organizational skills
Studio Webware experience a plus
Equal parts talented & nice
Positive and fun, team player, utmost integrity, honesty, & no-drama/ego attitude a necessity
Summer Thornton is known for decorating with the wildest abandon to create fearlessly bold and colorful
interiors that give homes life! Her first book "Wonderland: Adventures in Decorating" was an immediate #1 New Release and Best Seller. Her namesake firm's work has been featured in AD, Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, The Wall Street Journal, NY Times and more including several national cover stories. She is regularly named to exclusive lists of the top designers in the world. Her style inspires 100k+ followers on Instagram, and is often imitated, but never replicated. Headquartered in Chicago, her firm of nearly 20 people works on projects throughout North America bringing joy and fun to everything they do.