The studio was established in 2009. It is a creative, full service design firm specializing in hospitality, commercial, retail and residential experiences. The studio is made up of a team of dynamic designers led by Jeremy Levitt and Danu Kennedy. A variety of experience and perspectives has established a unique culture within the studio and ensures thoughtful, purposeful and transformative design with a forward-thinking approach behind every creation. Each project begins with a collaborative immersion and discovery phase into our partner’s and client’s brand and vision. A conceptual narrative drives the design of each space and establishes fundamental touch points within. Considering all elements of the guest experience the studio focuses on integrated programming and functionality paired with highly customized furniture and lighting giving each space a distinct personality and identity that is entirely own-able and unique. Every detail and decision is made in order to create a holistic and tailored experience that aligns with the ethos of our clients and partners.
Jeremy Levitt was born in Detroit, Michigan. Following his passion of fine arts, design and craftsmanship, he graduated from the College for Creative Studies with a BFA in Industrial Design and Crafts. He relocated to New York City where he worked for a variety of firms including Gaetano Pesce, Donghia and AvroKO as Furniture and Lighting Director. An entrepreneurial focus drove Jeremy to start Parts and Labor Design in 2009. Jeremy applies a hands on approach to design and has fostered a value of considered detail and thoughtfulness within the studio.
Danu has a Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture and a Masters in Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Upon completion of her education Danu moved to New York City in 2011 and began her career in residential Design and Architecture for David Howell Design while also developing independent projects, most notably the New York City based cafe Happy Bones as well as retail and residential spaces. In 2014, Danu joined the Parts and Labor Design team. As Partner, she is deeply involved in all aspects of the firm, overseeing daily operations and projects alongside Jeremy.
Custom Furniture and Lighting Design
Consulting and Strategic Collaborations
Portfolio and Brand-Building
A full awards list can be found on our website here. A few highlights:
- AHEAD Awards Global, Gamechanger Longlisted, 2020: Eaton Workshop, DC
- AHEAD Awards Global, Urban Hotel Finalist, 2020: Rosewood Hotel, Hong Kong
- Interior Design Magazine 'Best Of Year' Finalist, 2020: Thompson Hotel, DC
- Interior Design Magazine 'Best Of Year' Finalist, 2020: Maialino Mare
- James Beard Award, Outstanding Restaurant Design , 2019: Pacific Standard Time