About us

Functional Creative Design is New York City based collaborative multi-disciplinary studio founded in 2014 with a focus on the hospitality industry. The studio is dedicated to creating innovative, functional spaces for both the users and staff operating within, thus fusing form + function. Functional Creative Design is a collective of individuals with a range of backgrounds in architecture, interior design, fashion, graphic and fine arts. The team uses an integrated approach, utilizing and working closely with local artists, artisans, sub-contractors and builders. Sustainability is a core driver in the studios approach, looking for ways to reduce waste and reuse whenever possible. The Studio is inspired by natural architectural materials paired with woven textiles that can be used for furniture and interior architecture details. 

Managing partner and founder Sarah Abdallah draws on her professional background as well as degrees in Fine Arts, Psychology and minor degrees in Art Therapy, Art and Technology and Interior Design. Prior to launching the studio she had been consulting for David Rockwell of Rockwell Group, and earlier in her career with Toni Chi and Associates. Her past unique experience brings to the table a unique vision to Functional Creative Design. 

Functional Creative Design team develops a wide range of custom furniture that is specific to each project, working with trusted manufacturers from concept to final product. The team works with clients through all phases of the project to ensure a client’s programmatic requirements seamlessly integrate into the space. The studio's growing portfolio of work includes single and multi-family residences, an elevated restaurant, and nightlife experiences.

About Sarah

Sarah Abdallah's unique vision was formulated through extensive experience as a consultant for David Rockwell and Rockwell group working on the innovative co-working space Neuehouse projects in New York and Los Angeles, as well as her early career experience with renowned hospitality designer Toni Chi of Toni Chi and Associates.  Working on the Park Hyatt and Inter-Continental Hotel projects. Abdallah learned to design spaces with a timeless eye. With Tony Chi’s guidance, Sarah honed her eye to focus on every design detail from architectural millwork to tabletop design, menu, uniform, branding and graphic elements. In addition to her multi-disciplinary education allows her to approach design through a thoughtful and unique lens.

Giving back

As a growing bespoke Studio every year we offer our design services Pro bono to new innovative client that is in need of our services; please reach out to us if interested. Education is big part of our ethos. We offer learning co-ops for students who are in the art and design programs wanting to connect their skills they are learning in the classroom into practice.