Allison Ferraro is an Architectural & Design Consultant at Atmosphere Commercial Interiors based in Phoenix, AZ. She holds a BS in Environmental Design from Illinois State University.
I am a professional juggler! (lol) I juggle my three kid’s activities as well as my professional work life. You’ll usually find me in my car, visiting design firms by day and shuttling my kids to their activities at night and on the weekends.
I come to Atmosphere from Designtex, which was a great experience, but I am super excited to get back into furniture again! Everyone at Atmosphere has made me feel so welcome. It has helped me really dive right in to my new position.
Q. What was your first job?
A. My first “real job” after babysitting for the neighborhood kids, was at The Gap when I was 16. Perhaps that is what started my love for clothes and fashion.
Q. What was your best job?
A. I’m hoping it’s this one! In the past, the position I have liked the most was selling architecturally significant furniture pieces. (My dream job would be as a stylist working in New York or Hollywood).
Q. In addition to being paid money, how else has your career created value in your life?
A. The friendships I’ve gained and the satisfaction of being able to really help my clients achieve their goals for the particular project they are working on. It’s fun to know that my small contribution was part of the success!
Q. What is your most memorable travel experience?
A. Visiting Copenhagen, Denmark at a Fritz Hansen factory, and watching an Egg chair being upholstered, by hand! To be able to witness, first-hand, the craftsmanship that goes into creating that classic chair was unforgettable. It really made me appreciate waiting, saving up for the best quality product you can afford. There is a reason those classic pieces of furniture stand the test of time and are more costly!
Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?
A. I’m a foodie and like to cook. I love good food and good wine. Trying new restaurants is a favorite pastime. I also like to watch whatever sport my kiddos are participating in!
Q. What lessons has your work life taught you?
A. Gentle persistence wins.
Q. Do you have any favorite stories from your work life?
A. No stories in particular. But, I love how interconnected and actually, really small our industry is. It’s amazing the “6 degrees of separation” that happens… It is loads of fun to reconnect with old colleague in new positions!