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Alex Korsgaard Kalita

Alex launched Common Bond Design in May 2013, with the goal of offering flexible design services to clients within a wide range of project scope and budget. Her pragmatic approach to the design process is influenced by her professional background in the financial regulatory industry, where she worked in a dual operations/marketing role. Through evening courses in interior design at Parsons and instructional classes in woodworking and upholstery, Alex honed her contemporary aesthetic and built a practical skill set. 

Alex is particularly committed to minimalist philosophy, as well as the affordability and accessibility of good design. A lifelong hiker and recent dabbler in camping and adventure travel, she sees strong parallels between design for the outdoors and design for the indoors. Alex enjoys applying lessons drawn from nature to the more permanent shelters her clients occupy.

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Sherry Korsgaard Kalita

Co-founder Sherry is an amateur photographer and veteran of the fashion industry. She brings to Common Bond Design her strong instinct for color and composition. While her daughter Alex is a minimalist, Sherry introduces a slightly more decorative touch. And while Alex tends toward a cooler Nordic palette, Sherry is drawn to the bold colors and patterns of Brazil, where she spent 4 years. The partners’ aesthetic variation allows them to understand and reflect the visual preferences of clients within a broad spectrum.

Common Bond Design

Together we’re an NYC design firm that tackles interiors and budgets large and small. Common Bond's approach to design is modern and predominantly utility-driven. Our aesthetic is influenced by our Scandinavian heritage and experiences living in Latin America, inspiration drawn from the natural world, and our admiration for mid-century modern design. We gravitate to an interior with clean lines, compelling artwork and a strong note of contrast.

Our work has been featured in Rue Magazine and IKEA Family Live Magazine. If you have a project you'd like to talk to us about, drop us a line!

Site Design and Contributors

Photography by Biz Jones. Graphic Design by Amanda Pastenkos. Thank you, Biz and Amanda!