Shelly Handman . Managing Principal
"A client's vision shapes a project. As designers, our job is to bring beauty, balance, and life to that vision."
Shelly Handman's reverence for nature is reflected in his preference for organic materials, his reliance upon classic lines, and his affinity for balance. His rooms are more than just rooms; they are refuges. With a national and international clientele spanning the globe from Chicago's premiere Gold Coast addresses to its venerated North Shore suburbs; from Atlanta, Miami, Boca Raton, Laguna Beach, Malibu, Palm Springs, and Rancho Mirage to Tel Aviv, Handman's thirty years as a distinguished member of the design community are characterized by a diverse body of work for both residential and commercial clients. Whether for a private home or office, optical shop or day spa, each of Handman's designs demonstrates his singular talent for ushering calm into the daily lives of his clients, no matter their preferred.
Handman holds a Bachelor's degree in Art Education from Northern Illinois University - as well as a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design from Harrington College of Interior Design, where he served on the college's Board of Governors.
Handman's work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Luxe, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful, inStyle, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Social, North Shore Magazine, Trends Publications, Kitchen and Bath Ideas, the Atlanta Journal, and the Miami Herald, among others.
He operates offices in both Chicago and Palm Springs, California.
Shu-Yi Tsou . Senior Designer
"You do not have to sacrifice form for function. We create designs that marry both."
We celebrate Shu-Yi for her unique ability to meld a myriad of fabrics, forms, textures, colors, and materials to create dramatic rooms that complement our clients' personalities and lifestyles. The results are timeless, welcoming, and above all, livable. Shu-Yi joined Handman Associates in 2002, after beginning her design career at the world-renowned architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
Shu-Yi earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the University of Illinois, and graduated with an Associate's degree in Interior Design from the Harrington College of Interior Design.
Yevgeniy Veller . Architectural Designer
"I thrive on design challenges. The trickier the situation, the happier I am. "
Russian-born, architectural space planner "Veller" joined Handman Associates in 1998. After earning dual Bachelor degrees in Set Design and Industrial Design from a pair of prestigious Russian universities, Veller further honed his design skills at a Moscow-based interior design firm specializing in high-end condominium renovation. In 1995, Veller immigrated to the United States, where he launched a career designing trade show exhibits. His vast array of design capabilities has resulted in an exceptional talent for visualizing space, and enables him to balance both function and design aesthetics for our clients with uncommon ease.
Matt Sowder . Business Manager
I seek out ambitious projects as I am motivated by challenges.
Matt joined Handman Associates in 2015 after 17 years as a Production Manager with NBC Universal. He has easily made the transition from the entertainment industry to the world of interior design as both are fast paced, highly creative and personally rewarding. We appreciate his attention to detail, the ability to multi-task and his interest in all phases of a project. Matt enthusiastically looks forward to helping our team bring beautiful design to fruition.
Matt earned his degree in Telecommunications and Business from Indiana University.
Wendy Kaplan . Financial Adminstrator
"Good business breeds good design. I mind our clients' budgets as if they were my own."
A financial manager with a passion for design is hard to come by. Which is why we were delighted to find Wendy in 2009, fresh from her lengthy position as Director of Brown CPA Group, a Northbrook, IL-based accounting firm. Her numbers sense, organizational abilities, and calm demeanor benefit not only our firm, but our clients, as well.
Wendy earned her degree in Business Management.