Francis is a Studio Director at Pembrooke & Ives, leading a team of both designers and decorators. He has been a member of the firm for more than ten years and adapted its holistic approach to design.
Born in the Philippines, Francis grew up in a town where handcrafted furniture is made. Family and family friends had factories where they trained artisans in woodwork, caning and embroidery. Surrounded by artists and craftsman, he was interested in art and design at a young age. After moving to New York, he focused on drawing and painting, receiving scholarships to various art schools and apprenticeships.
Francis studied at Pratt Institute earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. He also attended a design and architecture program at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Prior to Pembrooke & Ives, Francis worked at D’Aquino Monaco where he designed private residences, spas and retail concepts for various clients.