SansomZito was established in 2000 as a part-time venture and became full time in 2004. We enjoy great
design whether its from the past , the present or the future. It could be a well designed fork, a fabulous salad, a
comfortable seat, or an outstanding space. In our daily travels, we find constant inspiration leading us to look at
life differently. We hope that all of this comes out in designs that work for you and inspire you! At SansomZito
we believe that design is an integral part of your life.
Over the years, SansomZito has worked on both small and large projects in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Our clientele is referral only so we believe in excellent service as well as fabulous designs that work for you.
The services provided have included building design services for both new construction and remodels as well
as interior residential and commercial design. We firmly believe in good space planning and design details to
maximize the use of your space. It is our concern that you be able to have not only a beautiful space but also
one that functions.
Sometimes things just feel right—the weight of the fork in your hand,
the seat you could sit in all day,
the friend’s apartment where you feel comfortable. Why?
It’s just great design.
The design principal at Sansom Zito is Francesca Zito. Francesca’s background is a compilation of fine arts,
advertising, project management, construction management, interior design and architecture. A unique path
that includes all aspects of the designing and building process.
Her previous experience includes working with Robert Lewis Construction Incorporated, Gensler &
Associates, Sandy & Babcock and Ketchum Advertising. Her past clients included the Gap; Skadden, Arps,
Slate, Meagher & Flom; Takeda Venture Research; Nokia, Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages and the Oakland
Francesca was a founding member of Robert Lewis Construction Incorporated where she was the Director of
Client Relations. Her duties included project management (including estimating and scheduling), customer
relationship management, product sourcing as well as design work.
Her interior design experience at Gensler included management of project teams that were located all over the
country including client representatives, vendors, contractors and design staff. Francesca was also
responsible for the space planning and design of several corporate interiors projects.
Francesca’s retail experience for the Gap, Inc. included design development, construction documentation and
administration of their premiere location store at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii for which she
designed a custom elevator. She prepared construction documents and worked with building departments
and contractors on several other stores throughout the country. Francesca was a member of the design
development team for the Gap 2000 prototype store.
A San Francisco native, Francesca earned her Bachelor’s of Architecture from Oklahoma State University.
Since 2004, Francesca has been a part-time instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco
teaching residential and commercial design studios and conceptual design for the Interior Architecture and
Design Department undergraduate program. She is also a Directed Study Advisor for graduate students.
Sansom Zito is part of an informal collective of other designers, artists, event planners and architects. This
association allows each firm the flexibility to expand as needed for a specific project. These informal
partnerships provide the client with the benefits of a large firm with regards to staffing and experience while
maintaining the intimacy and personal attention you receive from a small firm.
|Music by Rob Sansom, copyright 2007