By gently guiding clients through the process of uncovering or refining their own unique style, Centered by Design tailors the design experience and results to their client’s way of living. The result is a personal sanctuary that is a reflection of each client and family—a home that is centered by design.
Principal Designer & Owner
Claire Staszak is a Chicago-based designer known for her holistic design process, which combines her well-trained eye for interiors with her passion for personal wellness. Her work has been featured by The Chicago Tribune, Modern Luxury, HGTV, Domino, LUXE, Architectural Digest online and more. She has studied interior design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a Certificate of Kitchen and Bath Design from Harper College. Claire is also a certified yoga instructor with more than 500 hours of training. In 2017, the company's namesake blog was honored with an award for Best Design Writing by the Design Influencers Conference. Modern Luxury Interiors (2018), noted Claire as 'One to Watch' in the interior design industry. Claire loves being a mom, giving the perfect present, vintage floral prints and vacations to the lake.
Lead Designer & Creative Direction
Born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, Iga discovered her passion for travel and design from an early age. She studied Interior Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and then completed her Master’s Degree in Product Design at the famous Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. While working as an Interior Designer in Germany and Poland, she decided to move to Chicago when she met the love of her life. Iga furthered her design expertise at high-end Chicago firms, ultimately joining the Centered by Design team as Creative Director / Lead Designer. When she’s not designing, she spends her days cooking & developing recipes for her future restaurant, painting, doing yoga and antique shopping.
Architectural Designer & Project Manager
The blend of left and right brain creativity is what brought Amy to interior design--a profession uniquely conducive to both. When she finished her design degree in Arizona, she packed up and moved to Chicago to pursue a career that would allow her to use her love of artistry, and her technical, critical thinking. Amy happily spends her days utilizing AutoCAD as an art form and keeping projects on track. On any given weekend you'll find her busy behind her potter's wheel making ceramics, soaking up the outdoors from a hammock, or testing out local coffee shops with her husband.
Design & Marketing Assistant
Johanna came to Centered by Design with a background in film editing and producing, theatre, set design and self-taught interior design. Her passion project, gifting home makeovers to those experiencing challenging life circumstances, can be seen documented through her Instagram @athomewithhowie. In her free time, Jo’s either wielding power tools to renovate her 1920’s condo in Logan Square or at the dog park with the namesake of her Insta handle, her adorable rescue pup, Howie.