Adam D. Tihany to Design Seabourn's New Ultra Luxury Purpose-Built Expedition Ships
Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has contracted hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany to create the indoor and outdoor guest areas of its two new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships being built by T. Mariotti and due to launch in June 2021 and May 2022 respectively.

Tihany was the creative vision behind the luxury yacht inspired interiors on Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation, the line’s two newest ships, which have been welcomed to the fleet to wide acclaim. He also designed interiors for The Grill by Thomas Keller restaurant on Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest.

“Adam’s creative and artistic talents have proven to be a wonderful match for the Seabourn brand and guests have praised his work on our two newest ships,” said Richard Meadows, Seabourn’s president. “Expedition travel stirs a passion to venture to remote locales first encountered by explorers and the adventurous, and the guest interiors need to feel like they are connected to these destinations through its design and materials. We’ve spent many hours collaborating and Adam is creating an inspiring design concept that feels well-suited to the remote destinations expedition travelers want to visit while preserving the atmosphere of contemporary, relaxed luxury our guests have come to expect from Seabourn.”

Tihany has created iconic hotel, restaurant, and cruise interiors around the world, including such esteemed properties as 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 restaurant interiors for culinary stars including Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Charlie Palmer, Heston Blumenthal and Pierre Gagnaire.

For this latest project with Seabourn, Tihany will develop a design vision for the entire vessel including multiple expedition spaces and lounges; all categories of luxurious guest suites, multiple dining venues; Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil; outdoor deck areas; and the innovative and popular Seabourn Square multi-purpose space. Tihany’s Product Design arm is designing a bespoke furniture collection for the expedition ship.

“We are thrilled to join Seabourn on this exciting next chapter of expedition cruising,” Tihany said. “Drawing on the call of adventure and the spirit of daring exploration from across the ages, the new ship’s design will define ultra-luxury for the contemporary expedition traveler.”

With his recent work with Seabourn other Carnival Corporation brands, Tihany has become a leading name in the cruise industry.

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Mandarin Oriental Opens First Hotel in Beijing
Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing is located in the heart of historic Beijing, with spectacular roof-terrace views of the Forbidden City, and opened its doors on 18 March 2019, the first Mandarin Oriental property in China’s capital. It is the city’s most luxurious boutique hotel and features the Group’s core pillars of chic design and architecture, exceptional dining facilities and a Spa at Mandarin Oriental, offering the latest wellness and beauty facilities. Above all, guests are treated to the exceptional levels of legendary service for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned.

The hotel takes its name from the lively Wangfujing district in which it is located and is situated on the upper two floors of WF CENTRAL, Hongkong Land's leading premium lifestyle retail centre. Rooms at the 73-room boutique hotel are a minimum of 55 sqm, among the largest in Beijing, and many enjoy views towards the magnificent Forbidden City.

The design is tailored specifically towards the sophisticated needs of the contemporary traveller, deftly combining residential style and luxurious amenities. A fresh and bright colour palette, floor-to-ceiling windows, the latest technology, and sumptuous, marble-tiled bathrooms enhance the elegance.

In keeping with the Group’s reputation for dining excellence, Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing has two stylish restaurants and a rooftop bar – all with access to a spectacular garden terrace. Café Zi offers all-day dining, specialising in Asian cuisine and featuring a signature lunchtime dim sum selection created by Michelin-starred Hong Kong chef, Wong Wing-Keung. Mandarin Grill + Bar features classic grill-style dishes with interiors by Adam D. Tihany, while MO Bar serves innovative cocktails and features resident and international DJs...

Within walking distance are the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the National Museum and the National Art Museum of China. The historic hutongs (alleyways) of Beijing, known for their charming courtyard homes, are also dotted around the district, as are ancient, tucked-away temples. Other easily accessible attractions include, the Temple of Heaven, the 798 art district and the Summer Palace. China’s most iconic site, the Great Wall, can be reached in under 90 minutes.

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Holland American Line Celebrates Steel Cutting of Next Pinnacle Class Ship
Holland America Line’s next Pinnacle Class ship reached a construction milestone today as the steel for the main section was cut at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. The newbuild, due for delivery in May 2021, will be the 17th ship constructed for Holland America Line by Fincantieri, which most recently delivered Nieuw Statendam.

As the third in the series, the new shipwill carry 2,662 guests and include popular Pinnacle Class innovations such as Rudi’s Sel de Mer; the World Stage, with two-story, 270-degree wraparound LED screens for immersive main stage performances; and the best live music at sea in Music Walk with Lincoln Center Sage, B.B. King’s Blues Club, Billboard Onboard and the new Rolling Stone Rock Room. Other featured hallmarks of the premium brand include wrap-around teak decks, luxurious staterooms, a stunning artwork collection and award-winning cuisine ranging from casual to fine dining.

“The steel cutting is always an exciting milestone in the construction process because from here the ship quickly takes shape and we, along with our loyal guests and travel partners, begin counting the days until the first cruise,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “The Pinnacle class has been a resounding success, and we look forward to welcoming the third in the series to our fleet, joining sister ships Koningsdam and the recently launched Nieuw Statendam.”

As with Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, the new ship will feature exquisite public spaces and its own style created by leading hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and designer and architect Bjørn Storbraaten. Grand, light-filled spaces create visual drama, and the sumptuous interiors are inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments.
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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Adam D. Tihany to Give Keynote at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Europe
Defining the Narrative: Cruising in the Age of Design

Wednesday December 4, 2019


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Adam D. Tihany illustrates how the shift towards experiential travel has placed a high premium on design, especially within the cruise sector. In his roles as Creative Director for Italy's Costa Cruises and Britain's iconic Cunard Line, as well as Designer for Holland American and ultra-luxury Seabourn, Tihany has developed the vision for some of the largest and smallest new ships at sea. Presenting case studies for 3,200-cabin Costa Smeralda, launching this December, and 132-cabin expedition ship Seabourn Venture launching in 2021, he brings to life the importance of creating a meaningful narrative in the development of thoughtful interior spaces that are tailored to each cruise line's brand of hospitality and to the unique aspirations of the individual guest. 
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Words: Alia Akkam

By suspending golden rods from the ceiling and dressing the walls with polished wood paneling, Adam D. Tihany, founder of his namsake New York design firm, brought elegance and intimacy to Amber, the modern French restaurant inside the Landmark, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong.

Fourteen years later, Amber's chef Richard Ekkebus was reimagining fine dining with a refined menu of dairy and gluten-free dishes and looked again to Tihany to reflect the kitchen's growth. "I worked with Adam closely to redefine the design direction of the new Amber, as much as the initial design had become iconic and had well aged, " says Ekkebus. "But to rewrite the Amber story was a must to sustain its success." To retain Amber's reputation as a culinary hotspot, Tihany says the mission became "to define the nuances of this evolution and bring the vision to life through new interiors."

"The new design has a lightnewss that mirrors the evolved style of cooking, and the natural materials and organic lines speak to the careful consideration and treatment of each ingredient," he adds. Now bronze ring-shaped chandeliers complement wood and bronze tables, and the curvy, low partitions that meander through the dining room create as much visual depth as privacy. Details such as the wall upholstery's embroidered circular patterns and the ripple motif carpet bring a softness to the space. 

Despite the update, there is "still a strong sense of place and personality that Amber fans recognize from the moment they enter the restaurant," Tihany says.


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Curated: The Latest from Tihany Design
The newest edition of the Tihany Design newsletter is now available. 
CURATED Issue 5, October 2019 
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Palm Beach business: The Breakers lobby has thousands of flowers- at your feet
Words: John Nelander

Something was clearly afoot at The Breakers this summer - a new custom-designed carpet in the lobby that adds a touch of vibrant color to the Palm Beach hotel's classical architecture. The first thing visitors see is the single-piece creation, which is 161 feet long, 25 feet wide and weighs 1,500 pounds, bursting into bloom with lilies, amaranths, irises and other flowers. It was designed by Adam Tihany of Tihany Design in New York, who has worked on other iconic properties, including The Beverly Hills Hotel, the Belmond Cipriani in Venice and the Four Seasons in Dubai. 

"We thought the whole theme of flowers and joy is what guests at The Breakers would expect," Tihany said in a phone interview. "They're coming there to have a good time. It's a relatively classical motif, but it's done in a modern way. When you walk into the hotel, you're in the midst of a never-ending bloom. Everything is growing and there's a splash of color and happiness...For us the question was, how do you keep the beautiful architecture of the lobby and make it even better without starting to bring in other designs? I thought the carpet pretty much sums it up."

It took a year to have the piece, produced by 35 weavers at Sacco Carpet in New York, made. "We kept following up on the progress," Tihany said. "It was like painting a mural."

The carpet has 70 different colors. Sara Flight, communications director, calls it 'the piece de resistance' of the lobby's new look. 

Earlier, Tihany redesigned two of The Breakers signature suites, The Imperial and Royal Poinciana. The Imperial now has a luxury yacht theme. 

"The positioning of the suite is such that when you walk in, you're basically surrounded by water," he said. "So, we thought that the boat theme would be appropriate."

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From Amber to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Meet the Godfather of Restaurant Design
Words: Adele Brunner

Were it not for his lack of ego, award-winning Israeli designer Adam D. Tihany, 71, would be more of a household name. He is credited with inventing the "restaurant design" profession in the 1980s and his client portfolio reads like a list of the greats of the hospitality industry. 

Tihany lists world-famous chefs such as Wolfgang Puck among his close friends, and he has owned and operated several dining hotspots with his quasi-brother Francesco Antonucci (whose Manhattan bistro is Tihany's favorite place to eat). 

He has designed numerous restaurant interiors, luxury cruise ships and five-star hotels, including work for the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London, which recently underwent the most extensive revamp in its 117-year history. There, Tihany led the design of the spa, the Mandarin Bar, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Bar Boulud. 

So when Tihany says he prefers concepts to trend-oriented designs, you take note and you appreciate why he was somewhat taken aback when culinary director and chef Richard Ekkebus of Amber in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong suggested that the iconic French restaurant needed a makeover. 

The pair had collaborated on its original design in 2004 and, with several Michelin stars and a slew of other international awards to its name, its still seemed to Tihany to be a much loved, beautiful and relevant fixture in Hong Kong's dining scene. When Ekkebus explained the method behind his madness to his close friend, however, Tihany came round to his way of thinking. ...

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