ADAM D. TIHANY
“The art of moving a person through the space is the key to success in any hospitality project. It’s positioning them at a point where you can start telling the story.”
Adam D. Tihany is widely regarded as one of the world’s preeminent hospitality designers. After attending the Politecnico di Milano, he apprenticed in renowned design firms in Italy before establishing his own multidisciplinary New York studio in 1978. In 1987, Tihany became a co-owner in Remi restaurants, which together with his partners, he continued to own and operate for 25 years.
Tihany has created hotel, dining and cruise interiors at some of the most iconic properties around the globe, including The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Westin Chosun in Seoul, The Four Seasons Dubai DIFC, The Joule in Dallas and The Oberoi New Delhi. He was one of the first designers to collaborate with celebrity chefs, creating signature restaurants for culinary stars including Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Charlie Palmer, Heston Blumenthal and Pierre Gagnaire. Tihany has often been called a portrait artist, crafting interior spaces that serve as a direct extension of the chef, his food and personality.
In addition to hotels and restaurants, Tihany has become a leading name in the cruise industry, creating innovative design concepts for the next wave of Holland America Line and ultra-luxury Seabourn vessels. He is currently serviing as Creative Director for Costa Cruises as well Cunard, where he will lead the design vision for the British luxury line's upcoming new ship, launching 2022.
Tihany has licensed product lines for several notable companies including Christofle, Kartell, Roda and Poltrona Frau. With the recent launch of Tihany Product Design, he will continue to forge meaningful collaborations with renowned manufacturers around the world.
His contribution to design has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including the Lawrence Israel Prize from FIT, induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame and an Honorary Doctorate from NYSID. As a leading industry expert, Tihany frequently lectures at universities and conferences around the world and currently sits on the advisory board of Israel’s Design Museum Holon. He served as Art Director of the Culinary Institute of America and is a former member of Pratt Institute’s Board of Trustees. Tihany has published several books on his work including his latest, Tihany: Iconic Hotel and Restaurant Interiors, published by Rizzoli.
“Design is like cooking. You can follow a recipe, but it’s the extra ingredients – the passion, dedication, and a little madness- that bring the vision to life”
Alessia began her career at Tihany Design in 2007, and after rising to a senior designer position, held a pivotal leadership role for over ten years culminating with her appointment as Studio Director in 2017. Early 2020 Alessia was named Managing Partner, signifying a new chapter in the firm's 42-year history.
In addition to her years of experience in luxury hospitality design, Alessia brings to every project a truly global perspective and unique creative outlook. Her strength in concept and presentation development draws from her passion for identifying the story behind each design project and bringing the vision to life for clients.
Alessia frequently collaborates with world renowned chefs, creating signature restaurant interiors for stars such as Thomas Kller, Daniel Boulud and Richard Ekkebus. She has been instrumental in Tihany Design's integration into the cruise industry and in 2019 was included as part of Boutique Design magazine's Boutique 18 rising stars of hospitality design.
Key career projects include The Oberoi New Delhi, Four Seasons Dubai DIFC, Amber at Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Bocuse at The Culinary Institute of America, Oro at the Belmond Cipriani in Venice, Victoria Place in Honolulu, the Dubai villa private residence and Mandarin Oriental Bosphorous, Istanbul, opening late 2020.
As Managing Partner, Alessia oversees the overall operation of the studio and is responsible for ensuring that each project is carefully attended to from initial concept to completion. She serves as mentor to the next generation of young designers, aiming to impart the most important aspects of design: innovation, attention to detail and passion for the process. To quote Bruno Munari, “To complicate is easy, to simplify is difficult.”