Parts and Labor is a full service design firm specializing in hospitality, commercial and retail spaces. Based in New York City, Parts and Labor offers a bespoke, bare-knuckled and straight forward approach to high end design, focusing on unique and highly customized interiors, furniture and lighting. In 2009 partners Andrew Cohen and Jeremy Levitt sought out to start a company whose foundation is built upon their relationships with fellow designers, fabricators, and most importantly their clients. Their goal is that each product embodies integrity, originality and a love of design.
Cohen and Levitt bring over ten years of furniture, lighting and interior design experience that has been recognized in publications such as Wallpaper, Surface and Hospitality Design, as well as nominated for outstanding design by both Hospitality Design Magazine and the James Beard Foundation. Their breadth of work has ranged from custom residential furniture and lighting to large scale international hospitality projects. They recently received the 2012 Wave of the Future award by Hospitality Design Magazine, and Travel + Leisure's Best Restaurant Design of 2013 - Honorable Mention for Atera.
Andrew’s earliest influence was watching his father late at night drawing up millwork designs at the kitchen table. Those late nights translated to more of the same at Cornell University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, with frequent diversions in sculpture and art studios. Upon graduating he moved to New York City and while working at Sony Pictures Digital, found refuge at the Education Alliance welding studios, and the furniture and lighting studios at the School of Visual Arts. Having decided to follow his lifelong interest in design Andrew then headed north, receiving a Masters in Architecture degree from the University of Toronto AL+D. During his tenure there he apprenticed for Kai Leather Design and Wood Studio on high-end restaurant and retail projects. He then interned as head model maker at Hellmuth Obata Kassabaum (HOK) in New York City, and in 2005 traveled throughout China, Japan and Vietnam. In 2006 Andrew returned to New York City to join the offices of award-winning hospitality design firm AvroKO as Senior Designer. Leading restaurant projects from New York to LA to Shanghai, as well as AvroKO’s self-propelled projects, his expertise and curiosities took form. Now as Principal at Parts and Labor Design he develops projects, concept through construction, as well as custom furniture and lighting design, alongside Jeremy Levitt, whose intensity and passion for design rival his own.
Jeremy is originally from Detroit where his deep-rooted interest in the design and beauty of machinery has been a significant influence in a lot of his work. With a BFA from the College for Creative Studies of Detroit, Jeremy graduated with an interdisciplinary degree; a major he helped to create which is now a fully functioning component of the school’s curriculum, combining the most important aspects of Crafts and Industrial Design. His specialty is furniture and lighting design, as well as sculpture and architectural-installation design. From Detroit, where he owned his first business of making custom furniture and lighting for clients, Jeremy moved to New York City to grow as a designer and entrepreneur. He began working for Gaetano Pesce as a designer and fabricator, then became the Senior Industrial Designer/Project Manager for Donghia Furniture. After Donghia he became the Furniture and Lighting Director for the Manhattan based hospitality design firm AvroKO where he developed hundreds of products for use in commercial and residential projects. Now, as one of the Principals of Parts and Labor Design he creates all custom high end furniture and lighting, as well as the surrounding architectural spaces alongside Andrew Cohen.