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 Speak at Guest.Lab in Milan
Of Land & Sea: Hospitality in the Age of Design

Thursday May 9, 2019


Sala Leonardo, Palazzo delle Stelline, Milano

Adam D. Tihany will participate as a speaker at Guest magazine's first edition of Guest. Lab in Milan, diving into the essential pillars of hospitality in hotel, restaurant and cruise spaces, regardless of the location in the world.
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BD | West: Studio Director Alessia Genova Honored as part of BD18
Studio Director Alessia Genova was selected as part of Boutique Design Magazine's annual Boutique 18, the publication's yearly roster of noteworthy designers in the hospitality industry. She and the other 17 honorees will be recognized during BD West, running March 13-14 in Los Angeles. Join the group- and moderator Mary Scoviak, Editor in Chief of BD- for a roundtable discussion on Thursday, March 14 as they explore what's next in hospitality and design. 

Location: BD West, Los Angeles Convention Center, Theater A

Time: 3:45-4:45PM

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A Change in Perspective: The Oberoi New Delhi
Words: Adam D. Tihany

Design is about perspectives. Not just in the sense of spatial relationships in angles and proportions, but also in human relationships to interior spaces. Every place tells a story; it is what captivates and connects the audience to their surroundings. Our job as designers is to uncover and bring that story to life.

In the case of Oberoi New Delhi, the story is ingrained in the history of the property; it’s DNA is made up of the many stories of its guests and visitors. As the flagship property and the first of the Oberoi hotels to be built from the ground up, there is a recognizable sentiment in New Delhi. It has a rare aura; locals are engaged and people are naturally very comfortable in the hotel. As we embarked on the redesign aimed at contemporizing the hotel for the next generation of guests, one of our greatest challenges was to ensure that this energy and sense of belonging was not disrupted.

From the beginning, we worked very closely with the Oberoi family, studying the histories of the property and immersing ourselves into the rich culture of the capital city. So much of the identity of a place is tied to its location in the world. As a destination, New Delhi is a feast for the senses. Deep-rooted heritage, captivating architecture and markets brimming with exotic colors, intoxicating spices and beautiful handmade goods- it’s a source of endless inspiration. With every project, we go to great lengths to fully know the locale and how it authentically fits into the narrative we want to create.

Equally important to the story itself is how it is presented. Instead of flipping the design on its head, we changed the way people experience the hotel by redirecting the path of movement and shifting the order in which you discover each space. The result is an entirely reimagined experience of the hotel. We’re crafting the next chapter of the Oberoi New Delhi story from a new vantage point; a new perspective.

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What I've Learned, Episode 11: Adam D. Tihany
Adam D. Tihany featured on Hospitality Design's What I've Learned podcast, hosted by Editor in Chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen. 

Episode 11: Adam D. Tihany, Founder, Tihany Design

The Israeli designer is behind iconic projects including the Oberoi New Delhi, The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and a handful of esteemed restaurants. Working alongside such revered chefs as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and Charlie Palmer, Tihany has solidified his reputation as the father of restaurant design. "For me, restaurants are portraits of my clients," he says. "They always have been." As he embarks on his 40th year as principal designer, one thing remains true: his unwavering commitment and loyalty to his 15-person team. 
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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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