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Adam Tihany is proud to announce the appointment of Alessia Genova to Managing Partner of Tihany Design. Congratulations!
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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Tihany Design’s Alessia Genova shines among Conde Nast Traveller’s “12 People to Watch in 2022”
Tihany Design is proud to share that our Managing Partner, Alessia Genova, has been named one of Conde Nast Traveller’s “12 People to Watch in 2022”.  She is the sole designer in this distinguished group, esteemed for their inspiration, talent, passion, and international impact.

A visionary force in luxury design, Alessia has become an influential presence in hospitality, cruise, restaurant, private club, and estate interiors. Her vast catalog spans the iconic and the modern, from NYC’s Restaurant Daniel and Zanotta House to Mandarin Oriental Istanbul, and upcoming projects such as Grand Wailea resort in Maui and Hungary’s Sauska Winery in Tokaj.

Looking to the future, Tihany Design’s Managing Partner is “excited by luxury interiors evolving to not feel quite so designed. Luxury is going to be lighter and less stiff, and I see art being a much bigger part of the identity of a place.”
Conde Nast Traveller 
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Mandarin Oriental Debuts First Istanbul Hotel
Tihany Design pays homage to Turkey’s past and present at the Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul 

Words: Will Speros

Photos courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

The latest jewel in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group crown has debuted on the shores of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Home to 100 spacious upscale guestrooms and suites, the Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul is complete with organic textures and patterns paired with metal and leather details that pay homage to Istanbul’s rich history and colorful present.

“The hotel is a contemporary ode to the city and its unique position in the world,” says Alessia Genova, Managing Partner at New York- and Rome-based studio Tihany Design, which handled the hotel’s interior design. “The atmosphere is modern infused with contemporary Ottoman design and flavors of Turkish style.”


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Iced Macchiatos: Video Design Series with InDeHo
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Meeting... Adam D. Tihany
Sleeper Feature: Issue 91

Words: Kristofer Thomas

As hospitality's renaissance man prepares to launch new projects on land and sea, Sleeper sits down with the Tihany Design founder to talk problem solving and practicing what you preach...

As the boundaries between previously separate elements of hospitality design continue to blur, there may be few designers better placed to define this increasingly borderless landscape than Adam D. Tihany.

In recent years we've seen the traditional hospitality model absorb and coalesce elements of F&B transport, retail, culture and more, with many designers forced to eschew a niche or specialist approach in favor of a broader philosophy - one that can be adapted to the growing number of hybridisations accelerating into the mainstream.

But in Tihany's case, there was little readjustment required; by the time this flexible template had become required reading for a generation of emerging hospitality firms, the Romanian-born, New York-based designer had already established himself as an influential creative presence across multiple sectors.

He may be known to many as the father of restaurant design, though as his career has progressed, Tihany's journey through the deisgn world could perhaps come to be characterised more by the diversity of his contributions as opposed to his achievements in one single area.

Speaking to Sleeper from his New York home during lockdown, Tihany explains that his interest in pursuing projects across multiple mediums could stem from the manner in which he arrived at a career in design in the first place. Having relocated to Jerusalem as a child, Tihany completed a stint of mandatory military service at the age of 21 and sought a way to leave the country and start afresh..


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Hospitality Interiors #89: Adam D. Tihany & Alessia Genova
The management team behind Tihany Design talks in depth to Can Faik about the iconic hospitality projects the studio has completed and what the future holds for one of the world's leading interior design studios.

Tell me about your role at Tihany Design?

AG: Earlier this year I became Adam's first partner in the 42-year history of Tihany Design, which was a big step for both of us. I joined the firm right out of college and have spent my entire professional career with Adam, always working very closely and collaboratively. Adam is creative director of the studio, so he and I design all the projects together and give direction to the team. Before becoming Partner, I was Studio Director, managing operations strategy & concept development for all the projects. The managing aspect has not really changed in the last couple of months, the only difference is the way we communicate with our team and clients. It has been a challenge, but also an opportunity to lead more effectively and empathetically, even if it's through a screen or over the phone. 

What three words would you use to describe Tihany Design?

ADT: Who we are: Creative, Mindful and Collaborative. Our signature: Luxurious, Timeless & Memorable. 

It's a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the hospitality sector's biggest challenge post COVID?

ADT: The challenge is restoring confidence- how to successfully make people feel safe and protected. The allocation and use of space is a critical factor. The challenge is how to provide great service and make people feel safe and comfortable at the same time. 

AG: I think all designers are in a position to help create a safe and comfortable environment. This is something we are working on for our clients now as well. As Adam says, 'thinking about what a meal at our favorite restaurants will look like as they start to reopen is stressful, but not thinking about it is disastrous.' With this in mind we are designing screens tailored to the existing interiors of restaurants - all lightweight, easily moveable and stored and easily cleaned and maintained. This 'public privacy' provides guests a more intimate focus on the food and the person in front of them while still being present inside a buzzing restaurant.


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