Adam D Tihany Appointed Creative Director of New Cunard Ship
Luxury cruise company, Cunard is proud to announce that world-renowned designer, Adam D Tihany has been appointed Creative Director of its upcoming new ship.Tihany will oversee the entire interior design process of the much-anticipated, but still unnamed ship, which will join the Cunard fleet in 2022.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s most talented designers, Tihany has made his name creating beautiful spaces for luxurious and iconic hotels, restaurants and resorts across the globe, including The Beverly Hills Hotel, Belmond Hotel Cipriani and The Oberoi New Delhi.

“The name Cunard is obviously magical and I’m very excited to be involved in this project,” he says. “If you look at the history of Cunard, it has always been a forward-looking brand. It has a classic image but actually each ship has been innovative for its period. We want to continue this tradition and move the brand forward with the creation of an exciting and spectacularly beautiful new cruise liner.”

Work is now ongoing and Tihany promises plenty of surprises. “Guests can expect a much lighter, contemporary feel, but crucially it will still feel like a Cunard ship and Cunard’s loyal guests will feel very at home. The new ship will celebrate Cunard’s British heritage but with a whisper, not a shout. Everything a guest expects to see on a Cunard ship will be there, but in a different way to the other three.”

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An Extraordinary Evening: Seabourn Ovation Christened in Valletta, Malta
Seattle- Seabourn, the world's finest ultra-luxury cruise line, introduced its newest vessel to the world with a festive naming ceremony for Seabourn Ovation in the beautiful baroque harbor of Valletta, Malta. Seabourn orchestrated a line-up of celebratory events, including a live performance by the ship's godmother, actress and singer Elaine Paige OBE, one of the world's best-loved and most highly awarded artists. Following her performance, she made a traditional blessing and released a bottle of champagne that was broken against the ship, a time-honored ship naming tradition...

Seabourn Ovation is the first ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn fleet over the past decade, and the second of two ships designed for the line by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany. Like Seabourn Encore before it, the ship features all oceanfront suites with private verandas, along with modern design elements and innovations in keeping with Seabourn's reputation for understated elegance, as well as one additional deck, newly expanded public areas and a brand-new, al fresco dining venue, "Earth & Ocean at The Patio."

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Four Seasons DIFC Wins Twice at the AHEAD MEA Awards
Crowned as The AHEAD MEA Hotel of the Year, Four Seasons Hotel DIFC was recognized for its 'seamless design that captures the timeless and elegant DNA of the brand.' The hotel was described as the complete package by the judges, who felt it was a clear winner. 

Four Seasons DIFC was also awarded Best Urban Hotel, commended for bringing a new sense of luxury to the Dubai hotel landscape. Tihany Design was praised for impeccable craftsmanship, bespoke finishes and attention to detail throughout the project. 

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AHEAD MEA 2017, organized by Sleeper Magazine
Mandarin Oriental, New York Unveils Design for The Aviary NYC
Hong Kong- Mandarin Oriental, New York and Chicago-based co-owners Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas of The Alinea Group have joined forces with Adam D. Tihany of Tihany Design to bring The Aviary NYC to the hotel's 35th floor in late summer. Tihany Design is reimagining the innovative restaurant for drinks concept in Chicago to reflect the energy and buzz of New York City for visitors and locals at Mandarin Oriental, New York...

The Aviary NYC at Mandarin Oriental, New York

From the lobby, descend the stairs into The Aviary NYC, where the dining room opens up like a grand stage, framed by delicate gold woven metal mesh. The 90-seat cocktail lounge will evoke a comfortable, contemporary environment, encompassing a collection of plush leather swivel chairs and rounded sofas which congregate around custom-designed Decca art metal-topped coffee and cocktail tables...

The Office NYC at Mandarin Oriental, New York

For guests seeking a more intimate and exclusive experience, the 40-seat Office at Mandarin Oriental, New York will evoke an early 20th century nostalgia and feature classic cocktails and a collection of world-class rare spirits. Accessible only by entering The Aviary NYC through a hidden passageway behind the Drink Kitchen, The Office will open up to a warm, bygone enclave, transporting guests back to the era of speakeasies...

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Tihany Design Reimagining Iconic Space Needle Restaurant
Seattle- The Space Needle, one of the most recognized landmarks in the world, today announced the Century Project, a multi-year venture focused on preservation and renovation of the 55-year-old icon. The renovation will update the structure's physical systems and elevate the visitor experience by dramatically enhancing the view. Privately funded, the ambitious project will heighten the Observation Deck experience with floor-to-ceiling glass on the interior and exterior to further open up the uninhibited 360 degree views of the Puget Sound area. The restaurant level will be reimagined with a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor unveiling downward views of the structure never seen before...

In partnership with design firm Olson Kundig, led by principal, Alan Maskin, and project architect, Blair Payson, the project team worked closely with the City of Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board (LPB), local architecture historians and preservationists, a surviving original Space Needle structural engineer, and the community to be consistent with the original design intent and respect the character-defining features of the Space Needle...

Currently the Space Needle operates a variety of dining experiences including a cafe, wine bar, banquet facility at the 100-foot level and the rotating SkyCity Restaurant at the 500-foot level. The Space Needle has been working with world-renowned designer Adam D. Tihany of Tihany Design to create a new restaurant and lounge experience that will showcase the thrilling views. Each of these dining experiences will re-open in stages upon their completion beginning in the spring of 2018...

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Interior Design: 10 Questions with Adam D. Tihany
Words: Mairi Beautyman // Photo: Holland America 

Timelessness makes a successful hospitality project, according to Adam D. Tihany. Principal of the namesake New York design firm he founded in 1978, Tihany is known for hospitality projects that are just that- from the Aleph Rome Hotel to The Breakers Palm Beach Resort. What some might not know, though, is that Tihany is also a leading name in the cruise ship industry. With 12 of those projects under his belt, he currently holds the position of Creative Director for two cruise ship lines, Costa Cruises and Cunard. Most recently, in collaboration with architect Bjorn Storbraaten, founding partner of Norwegian design firm YSA Design, Tihany completed the interior design of Holland America's newest Pinnacle Class ship Nieuw Statendam. And tour of the 99,500-gross-ton sister ship to Koningsdam, reveals an astonishing amount of art. Interior Design sat down with Tihany to hear more about how these sea-going giants are becoming unexpected hotbeds of art, what is particularly challenging when designing for sea versus land, and what new European concert hall leaves him awe-struck. 

Interior Design: Holland America's Nieuw Statendam recently celebrated its maiden voyage. Can you tell us a bit about your overall design theme?

Adam Tihany: For both Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, the theme was 'the architecture of music.' It's not really in your face, and a little lofty- a story somebody has to tell you. When you stand on the dance floor of the Queen's Lounge, I wanted to evoke a feeling like you're inside a violin, so the large, double-height space has a violin-shaped ceiling cutout. Then, on deck one, when you look up through the three-deck-high central atrium, I wanted you to hear the music, the strings of the harp. Typically atriums like this have a chandelier in the middle, but I designed Harps, a massive 15,000-pound stainless-steel sculpture that wraps the entire atrium. 

ID: We understand both Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam have 240 artists represented on board, in both a dedicated gallery space and in public areas. 

AT: We worked with Artlink, and they really picked up the music theme and ran with it. Some of the pieces have to do with conceptual music- such as a sculpture by Dutch artist Peter Gentenaar which could be a sound wave. Others are more literal. 

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Curated: The Latest from Tihany Design
The newest edition of the Tihany Design newsletter is now available. 
CURATED Issue 4, October 2018 
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Join us! Designer Pages Event in NYC
The Cruise Industry Enters the Age of Design

Thursday, September 27, 2018


Project 6 - 22 West 21st, 6th Fl

Adam will lead a discussion about the powerful influence of high design in the cruise industry, and his own journey from land based hospitality projects to the sea. 

Intro: In the age of experiential travel, good design has become as essential element across all areas of hospitality, but none more so than the cruise industry. Far beyond the 'floating hotel,' the cruise ship is the ultimate stage in which to engage with and inspire a captive audience. Projects to be presented include Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Ovation and Costa Smeralda (launching November 2019). 

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Seabourn Ovation: High Design, Haute Cuisine, Lofty Leisure
Words: John Oseid

Keller, Rice, Weil & Tihany. No, it's not a high-powered law firm. But on the new small luxury ship Seabourn Ovation you are reaping the benefits of a few creative geniuses having lent the ship their respective talents.

Chef Thomas Keller of The French Laundry and Per Se fame created the Seabourn culinary themes, while three-time Academy Award-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice is the inspiration behind the spirited cabaret production. Dr. Andrew Weil brought his mindful living practices to the Spa.

Throw in the name Tihany, as in celebrated designer Adam who designed the interiors, and you have the makings for a specacular ship and marvelous cruise. To coincide with the Seabourn Cruise Line's 30th anniversary, the Ovation just set sail in spring from Genoa's famed Fincantieri shipyard (its sister ship, the Seabourn Encore, launched in January 2017).

From the get-go, Adam Tihany's success in giving the ship the beauty of a private yacht and the intimacy of a private club atmosphere strikes guests. "We live in a century of design," says Tihany. "People start to demand good design, and the feel of sexy objects like smartphones that you can't live without."

As such, "somebody thought through everything, and everything is scripted." It's a challenge in ship design, for instance, to make low ceilings feel more expansive. Over the Observation Bar's half-dome skylight Tihany used a mirror trick to double the room's feeling of openness. 

There is a wow factor to the Ovation as well as in the stairway which rises up like a double helix through six floors. It's a stunning opus and helps make the ship's Atrium feel like you're in a grand space even though it is not at all a large ship.

All of the ship's subtle details, right down to the mahogany railings, indeed feel like those in a yacht. Throughout the Ovation, surfaces in tight spaces are rounded to ensure added comfort that you might not even notice. Cabinet handles are not only smart looking, but smartly offset from one another for easier opening, and inset to avoid banging on them. Another Tihany fine point was in selecting fourteen different styles and textures for fabrics as the touch and feel of furniture are of paramount importance to the guest experience. 

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Celeb-Favorite London & Moscow Hot Spot Novikov Debuts in Miami
Words: Paige Mastrandrea / Photo: Libby Volgyes

Globally renowned restaurant, Novikov Restaurant & Bar, hailing from Moscow, has made its grand debut in the Magic City and has been met with high praise from Miami's elite diners...

The namesake eatery is the brainchild of chef-owner Arkadiy Novikov, who is arguably one of the most successful restauranteurs in Moscow. Novikov has made a prestigious name for himself due to his golden touch in the hospitality industry throughout the world, boasting over 50 successful projects to date. Haute Living had the pleasure of catching up with the power player as he was in town for the restaurant's opening in Miami, marking its first U.S. location at 300 South Biscayne Boulevard in Downtown Miami. 

"I felt it was time to come to the U.S. because of my passion for competition, and this is a concept I really want to share. I've had so much success abroad that I wanted to bring it here, also because the American market is one of the most serious culinary markets in the world," he explains on the U.S. entrance. "Miami is particularly interesting because of its international crowd."

The striking design of the restaurant pays homage to the city its based, located adjacent to the beautiful Biscayne Bay, showcasing a bright and inviting interior designed by Adam D. Tihany in association with Peacock+Lewis. The restaurant features an enviable curated art selection and houses an eye-catching display of colorful, fresh seafood and vegetables fixated at the center of the dining space in the market area. Attention to detail is key throughout the space, with delicate touches and structural columns highlighting each section, creating subtle divisions between each location of the restaurant, from the gorgeou bar area to the intimate private dining room, sushi bar, private chef's table and of course, the main dining room. 

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