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Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, CID


Phyllis Harbinger, FASID, CID has been running Design Concepts/Interiors, LLC, her own design firm, since 1993, servicing both commercial and residential clients worldwide. She is as comfortable working on a suburban residence as she is on a sleek, modern city apartment dwelling, condo lobby or jewelry boutique. In fact, the combination of commercial and residential projects, along with the variety of locales and clients’ styles, creates a spark that fuels her creativity.  Phyllis is also a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner, which enables her to integrate Eastern methods and theories of design and balance into her practice.

She is NCIDQ certified, and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and has served as president of the NY Metro Chapter and as the Chair of the Chapter Support Team on the National level.  She is also a tenured Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City.

Currently the Award-winning firm has launched an exciting new book The Interior Design Productivity Toolbox, published by Wiley, which will streamline the processes and systems for Interior Designers, Students and the Design/Build community.  The book is now available on, and bookstores as well!

As a direct result of the success of the book, Phyllis and her team launched Harbinger Design Consulting, to further her work with Designers and the Design/Build Community, consulting with entrepreneurs and providing a unique set of tools with which they can grow and manage their firms.   For available services and packages, please visit

Phyllis is also available for speaking engagements on a wide variety of topics and has presented across the country to architectural and design firms, design business conferences and associations.  Her offerings include IDCEC approved CEU presentations:    Getting Organized and Streamlining Your Workflow and Representing Your Brand.  The Team is busy developing four additional CEU presentations set to launch in 2018!


  • NYS Certified Interior Designer (CID) November 2002 Certificate #000215‐1

  • NCIDQ Certificate # 017749, July 2002

  • Certification in Feng Shui Studies, 2001‐Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design

  • A.A.S. Interior Design, 1993‐Fashion Institute of Technology

  • Advanced Language Studies, Eurocentros-Barcelona and Madrid, Spain 1984

  • B.A. International Relations and Spanish, Syracuse University 1983

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Ewa Ansaldi

Project Manager and Designer

A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Ewa has worked under a series of Architects in New York City and Westchester County.  After working as a virtual employee for DCI Studio, she has now joined our team in the role of Project Manager and Designer.  She assists in all aspects of the design process in addition to working alongside our Principal, reporting on both client and vendor relations.  Her expertise is all in the details and she is responsible for oversight of our complex building and design projects.  With 15 years of experience, we are thrilled to add Ewa to our DCI team.

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Emma Tessler

Marketing Coordinator

Emma has been a part of our DCI Studio Team since 2014, starting as an intern after her freshman year at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has worked closely with us over the years and was promoted to the position of Design Assistant in 2016. Since 2015, Emma has taken the lead on all social media posts and promotions, increasing our online network visibility across platforms over 300 percent. Before joining the DCI team, she interned at other design firms such as Nicole Fuller Interiors, Barbara Sternau Interior Design, and WMW Architects, and MKDA.

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Ediley Diaz-Collante

Design Assistant

Following a successful freshman year as one of Phyllis' rising stars at The Fashion Institute of Technology, Ediley was asked to join the team as our Design Assistant.  Her background in Aesthetics and her graphic and interior design and drawing skills have already proven to be critical tools to our workflow. Ediley is responsible for textile selection, specification management and sourcing, 3D and 2D drawings and assisting the team with client and project management.


Gabriella Caracuel

Design Assistant

Gabriella studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she was asked to join the DCI team in the Summer of 2018.  She is a self-starter, our meeting scribe and her Photoshop and 3D rendering skills are as important as her exquisite textile selection capabilities.  She is also one of our point people for client deliveries and installations, ensuring that everything is received in perfect order.  She is an asset to our team and our clients and we are looking forward to expanding her role as she continues her studies.




Affiliations of Design Concepts Interiors, including ASID and NCIDQ