Claudia Tejeda

Human-Centric Design:
Where People Come First.

founder & Principal designer

Claudia Giselle Design is more than just a design firm; it's a testament to Claudia's unwavering belief in the power of design to transform lives. Her personal journey, fraught with the challenges of severe migraines and allergies, serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact that interior environments can have on our physical and emotional wellbeing.

As a Certified Interior Designer, Claudia intimately understands the intricate relationship between our surroundings and our health. This profound insight fuels her relentless pursuit of spaces that not only meet functional needs but also nurture the very essence of our being. With every project, Claudia and her team channel this understanding into spaces that transcend mere aesthetics, creating havens that rejuvenate the body, soothe the soul, and inspire the mind.

In a world where the majority of our time is spent indoors, Claudia's dedication takes on even greater significance. Recognizing the pivotal role that our environments play in shaping our lives, Claudia and her team are on a mission to revolutionize interior design. Their commitment to crafting spaces that serve as sanctuaries—places of refuge and renewal—remains unwavering. Because at Claudia Giselle Design, it's not just about creating beautiful spaces; it's about crafting environments that empower and uplift every individual who enters them.

Passionate about education, Claudia regards herself as a lifelong student, and she also loves to share her knowledge and experience. Claudia is an adjust professor of interior design at her alma mater New York School of Interior Design, New York, NY

In 2012, Claudia was elected the youngest-ever President in the then 65-year history of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) New York chapter. She served on both IFDA's International Board of Directors (2013 to 2015) and its New York Chapter Board of Directors (2009- to 2015), where she was Vice President of Membership.

Claudia is fluent in English and Spanish.

Claudia is a New York State Certified Interior Designer (CID) and NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer. She received a double bachelor’s degree with honors in Advertising and Communications from Syracuse University, and an Interior Design degree from New York School of Interior Design.

At the beginning of her professional life in 2004, Claudia worked exclusively on hospitality design projects, later expanding to residential work after designing a home in the Island of Mustique, apartments in Manhattan and houses in the Hamptons. Her first opportunity as a lead designer was at CMS Design in 2006 where she worked on Doraku Sushi in Waikiki, Hawaii, for Kevin Aoki, CEO and President of AOKI GROUP and the son of Rocky Aoki, founder of Benihana. At CMS she also worked on restaurants for celebrity chefs such as Charlie Palmer, Gray Kunz, and Ed Brown.

Later Claudia was recruited by an architectural firm, GreenbergFarrow, to formalize their interior design department. In a company of over 350 employees world-wide, Claudia was their ever first interior designer. There she worked on mixed-use developments for some of the nation’s leading real estate developers, retail venues and restaurants. 

During the 2008 recession, Claudia freelanced before starting her own design practice, Claudia Giselle Design (CGD). Throughout its history, CGD has worked with private homeowners and businesses, as well as partnered with other design and architectural firms.

In 2012 CGD was hired as the Interior Design team for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, an 80,000 capacity entertainment venue. Additional work includes a spa on Madison Avenue which has now grown to a multi-million dollar enterprise. Our design helped our client elevate her company into a global luxury brand. We have also worked on private homes in Westchester, Hudson Valley, Long Island, Hamptons, Vermont, New Jersey and Canada, penthouses in Manhattan and much more. 

• In 2014, Claudia was awarded the Tony Torrice Professional Development Grant from the IFDA Educational Foundation.


Qualifications Include

Claudia's pursuit of wellness has been a lifelong journey of cultivating health and wellbeing as a response to severe migraines and allergies. As an interior designer, Claudia understands the impact of the interior environment on our health and our quality of life, and this understanding informs her approach to design. Most people spend 87% of their lives indoors. For Claudia, interior design prioritizes health and wellbeing, for body and mind. 

Claudia's Personal Journey

Educator

Design Industry Leadership

Carole P.
New York city

"This is my home. It reflects who I am, what Claudia and I discussed at great length."

CHARLEY RYAN, CO-OWNER BROOKLYN BOWL
LAS VEGAS

"Claudia is trained in architecture so she looks at the whole structure and what it suggests in terms of the division of space and what you can do that’s going to look not forced, but rather, organic."

OUR COMPANY CULTURE

Trust
Respect
Professionalism
Collaboration
Positive
Hardworking

Trust and respect are vital to healthy client relationships but equally crucial within our company. Claudia Giselle Design is a highly creative and professional team whose mission is to provide the best personalized interior design services for our clients. As a team, we collaborate to achieve the best possible results. A positive attitude is critical for the success of any project, and we cultivate positivity each and every day. Our work ethic is fierce. We are extremely hardworking, dedicated, loyal, and always go above and beyond to exceed clients' expectations. We love our work deeply, and nothing brings us greater satisfaction than seeing our clients happy with the results.

FINALIST for BEST POWDER ROOM
Westchester Home Design Awards

2021

2017

2013

2011

AWARDS

Claudia Giselle Tejeda at the
Westchester Home Design Awards 
with Master of Ceremonies, Vicente Wolf

BEST DINING ROOM
Westchester Home Design Awards 

1ST PLACE Whole Room Integration
Vision Design Competition

WINNER Upper East Side
Prewar Lobby Design Competition