ABOUT US

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Kellie Franklin has mastered the art of luxurious domesticity.
— The New York Times

Our story

 

When Kellie Sirignano joined the award-winning B Five Studio after completing her graduate studies at Pratt Institute, her work made an immediate impression on senior partner Franklin Salasky. Just as his partners were considering retirement and other pursuits, Franklin found himself energized and enthused by the new ideas and inspiration that Kellie brought to the firm's design work.  The two designers thrived in working together and their collaboration produced outstanding results. As their rapport grew, they recognized their mutual goals, shared design values and decided to open their own firm Kellie Franklin in New York City.

 

 
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Franklin Salasky

Franklin Salasky has been practicing interior design for more than 40 years, most prominently as a founding partner of B Five Studio, which opened in 1981.  The firm, then known as Bentley, LaRosa, Salasky, Architects and Decorators, achieved distinction with countless feature articles in architectural journals, shelter magazines, and in books on subjects relating to home and garden design, and design work in fashion showrooms, offices, retail, and gallery spaces.

In 1984 the Architectural League in New York City cited the firm as the recipient of their Emerging Voices Award and in 2011 Elle Decor magazine awarded B Five Studio a spot on their coveted A-List.

Franklin, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, is an alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives between Brooklyn and East Hampton with his longtime partner, Billy Gallo.  In both residences, Franklin gardens avidly.  He was an early and strong proponent of the use of native plants in landscaping, a point of view now widely accepted.

With great pride and care, Franklin has been consulting on the selection of new furnishings for the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

 
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Kellie Sirignano

Kellie Sirignano worked for several years as an interior designer at B Five Studio, collaborating with partners Franklin Salasky and Victoria Borus on residential projects of substantial scope.

She received a Masters Degree in Interior Design at Pratt Institute in 2009.  While at Pratt her work was selected to be preserved in the Pratt archives.  During her thesis year she studied exhibition design under the guidance of Ralph Applebaum Associates and won a group competition with the National Parks Service.

Kellie was subsequently employed by Knoll International where she was the assistant to the Creative Director of Textiles, Dorothy Cosonas.

Kellie was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended the Lovett School.  She received her BS from Northeastern University, where she majored in history and architectural history.

Kellie currently lives in Tribeca with her husband, Michael, their adorable daughter and their adorable Havanese puppy, Ollie

 

When Kellie & Franklin walk into a space, I’ve noticed they’re so instinctual. Their first impression is always spot-on and it’s remarkable to witness.
— Kellie Franklin Client
 

 
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