Adam D. Tihany of Tihany Design - Biography

New York, NY

September 2011

Adam D. Tihany has garnered widespread admiration for his hospitality designs. His sophisticated, often groundbreaking work is the result, in part, of his global perspective. Upon graduating from the Politecnico di Milano School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tihany apprenticed at design firms in Europe. Shortly after moving to New York City in 1976, Tihany established his own multi-disciplinary studio that encompassed all aspects of design—from commercial and residential interiors to furniture, products, exhibitions, and graphics. In 1981, the studio began specializing in hospitality design with the creation of La Coupole, and he was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1991. In 2001, he opened the Rome office of Tihany Designs. That same year, he was named Bon Appetit’s Designer of the Year. Since then, he’s created signature restaurants for chefs, such as Heston Blumenthal, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Charlie Palmer, Pierre Gagnaire, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. His hotel designs include the One & Only Cape Town resort in South Africa, the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, the Westin Chosun in Seoul, Korea, and The Joule in Dallas.

Tihany has spent the last three decades turning Tihany Design into one of the leaders in luxurious and innovative spaces in hospitality. Tihany designed and curated two major exhibits for the Milan Furniture Fair—Grand Hotel Salone in 2002 and Dining by Design in 2004. He invited international star architects Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, and Richard Meier, among many others, to submit designs. Tihany is an educator and frequent lecturer in conferences and universities around the world. His contribution to the world of design has been recognized with numerous accolades, including an Honorary Doctorate from the New York School of Interior Design. His monograph Tihany Design was published by Monacelli Press in 1999, and his second book Tihany Style was published by Mondadori Electa in 2004. In August 2011, he was appointed Art Director of The Culinary Institute of America.