About Us

Joanna Shirin“I worked with Joanna Shirin for over 10 years full-time. She was very helpful in organizing significant projects in different parts of the country for me.  Her attention to detail, emphasis on high quality, and keen eye for high-end design makes her a valuable asset on any project she undertakes.  She identified unique selections of materials and fabrics and had a truly creative yet practical approach to all aspects of design, layout, furnishings, and accessories.  I relied on Joanna’s instincts in finding good solutions when problems arose, and managing time and budgets effectively.  She was a pleasure to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend her services.”

Ann Ziff, creator and designer of TamsenZ jewelry

Joanna Shirin is the founder of Joanna Shirin Design Studios.  She hails from the colorful city of Riga, Latvia:  “Living in Riga as a child was like living in a fairytale, with its cobblestone streets, the incredibly intricate ornate awnings denoting various shops, the modern buildings somehow blending into to centuries-old stone and brick houses and churches.  I wanted always to learn how to paint if only so I could capture all these places, that even then I knew were somehow unique, and full of stories…”

Design Experience & Education

Remodeling and Home Design

She had always gravitated to the arts, and so unsurprisingly graduated from the Latvian Academy of Fine Arts, just prior to moving to New York City over 20 years ago now, for good. Her love for capturing the stories of places and people who occupied them led her to pursue a BFA in Interior Design from Parsons:

“I felt that when I was painting a space, I was taking a snapshot of what had already happened.  There was no continuation to that story, just a memory of it splashed onto the canvas, and I always felt a sort of a loss.  When my palette changed to incorporate objects, textures, bits of furniture and various pieces of decor that were all meant to paint a story of the inhabitants of a place, a story that was going to keep unraveling, I knew I found the thing I was meant to do.  I don’t think of myself as a designer so much as an artist who weaves people’s spaces into a tapestry that’s uniquely theirs…”

Botique Design

Joanna started a boutique design firm to help cater to those who truly appreciate that interiors of the spaces they live in are a reflection of so many unique stories and events, past, present and future.

“Our goal is always to tell these stories through the interiors.  If a story calls for a particular piece of furniture that simply doesn’t exist, we will design one and have it made to fit that one unique personality of the one space in the world where that piece would be the most natural thing.”

No matter what styles a residence calls for, it’s the incessant search for the harmony of the space and its occupants that drives us. “There is a tremendous sense of fulfillment in being able to do that…”