Who We Are
Marianna Poutasse has spent her career seeking out beautiful, well-made things and warm, inviting and evocative spaces. After early internships at historic house museums and several years in the editorial department of House & Garden Magazine, Marianna formalized her understanding of the history of design with a master’s degree at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts in New York. With her solid understanding of good design - whether it be in the form of an 18th century Sheraton chair or a quintessentially sleek 1950s sofa - Marianna brings honed skills for scouting out antiques and vintage finds that are easily repurposed and right at home in today's more relaxed, comfortable living spaces.
Prior to joining Alberti Design Studio in 2013, Marianna served as an independent consultant specializing in design and social history, material culture studies and antiques. She is most recently the author of Power of Place: Herman Melville and the Berkshires (2013). She manages the firm's satellite office in the Berkshires.
Sara Alberti is a Providence-based interior designer with fifteen years of experience working with a wide range of clients from Rhode Island to Boston, New York City, the Berkshires and Austin, Texas. Her keen eye for style, color, pattern and scale was honed early on in the fashion industry, where as Director of Product Development for David Brooks Ltd, she managed large-scale private label projects for companies such as J. Peterman and Talbots. Sara’s extensive experience working directly with textile mills throughout Italy taught her firsthand about fabric, color and quality. It was here that she also learned the importance of truly articulating her client’s own aesthetic and vision. By listening closely, and then guiding and navigating the design process, Sara creates original, beautiful and inviting spaces that reflect a homeowner’s personality and as importantly, work practically for their lifestyle. Additionally, Sara graduated from a boutique cooking school in Boston which continues to inspire her love for great kitchen design.
Sara is the mother of a beautiful daughter, a classically trained singer and a great animal lover.