Design for the guest experience

We're a design partner for entrepreneurs, food groups, developers, lifestyle brands, and chefs. 

We develop original concepts, design spaces, and provide creative direction for restaurant, lifestyle, and hospitality environments  — collaborating with our clients & partners to translate ideas into guest experiences.



The Studio


Founded in 2016, Draftsman is a design & strategy studio specializing in hospitality-driven interiors and environments.

We approach each project with an integrated understanding of design, architecture, real estate, and branding to create immersive guest experiences.


Trained as an architect with a career in brand creation and interior design, Draftsman is directed by David Pilkenton.

From Bygone at the Four Seasons in Baltimore to The Porter Hotel in Portland, OR, David has led the creative direction and design for restaurants, bars, boutique hotels, and retail spaces across the United States, Caribbean, and Mexico.

David is an NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer and holds a degree in architecture.

View David's Legacy Projects



Hospitality is our purpose.

We work with our clients to craft experiences that resonate with their goals and their guests.

We design spaces by putting the guest first, creating experiences that leave them feeling inspired and well-cared for.

our SERVICES & process

01 | Concept

We translate good ideas into clear concepts used for feasibility studies and to pitch to investors.

• Concept Creation
• Brand Strategy & Positioning
• Guest Journey Mapping
• Naming
• Investor Pitch Decks

02 | design

We design by pulling a common thread through every guest touchpoint of the environment.

• Interior Design
• Space Planning & Environmental Design
• Bar & Kitchen Programming
• Prototype & QSR Design
• Uniform & Tableware Styling
• Art Direction

03 | Delivery

We facilitate the big picture through the small details — finishes and furniture, elevations and renderings, schedules and drawings to build out the finished product.

• Construction Documentation
• Interior Fit-Outs
• Custom Furniture & Lighting Design
• Project Management
• Signage Design
• Environmental Graphics



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