ADAM D. TIHANY
“The art of moving a person through the space is the key to success in any hospitality project. It’s positioning them at a point where you can start telling the story.”
Adam D. Tihany is widely regarded as one of the world’s preeminent hospitality designers. After attending the Politecnico di Milano, he apprenticed in renowned design firms in Italy before establishing his own multidisciplinary New York studio in 1978. In 1987, Tihany became a co-owner in Remi restaurants, which together with his partners, he continued to own and operate for 25 years.
Tihany has created hotel, dining and cruise interiors at some of the most iconic properties around the globe, including 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 restaurants for culinary stars including Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Charlie Palmer, Heston Blumenthal and Pierre Gagnaire. Tihany has often been called a portrait artist, crafting interior spaces that serve as a direct extension of the chef, his food and personality.
In addition to hotels and restaurants, Tihany has become a leading name in the cruise industry, creating innovative design concepts for the next wave of Holland America Line and ultra-luxury Seabourn vessels. As appointed Creative Director for Costa Cruises, Tihany is overseeing the design development of the next generation of ships as well as the overall rebranding efforts of the iconic Italian travel brand. Tihany was recently appointed Creative Director for Cunard, where he will lead the design vision for the British luxury line's upcoming new ship, launching 2022.
Tihany has licensed product lines for several notable companies including Christofle, Kartell and Poltrona Frau. With the recent launch of Tihany Product Design, he will continue to forge meaningful collaborations with renowned manufacturers around the world.
As a leading industry expert, Tihany frequently lectures at universities and conferences around the world and currently sits on the advisory board of Israel’s Design Museum Holon. He served as Art Director of the Culinary Institute of America and is a former member of Pratt Institute’s Board of Trustees. Tihany has published several books on his work and his latest, Tihany: Iconic Hotel and Restaurant Interiors, was published by Rizzoli spring of 2014.
“Design is like cooking. You can follow a recipe, but it’s the extra ingredients – the passion, dedication, and a little madness- that bring the vision to life”
Alessia was introduced to the Tihany name during the 2004 Salone del Mobile in Milan, where Adam had designed a dynamic exhibit entitled Dining Design. As a student at Politecnico di Milano, she was inspired by Adam’s design philosophy and the idea of one day working in New York. Following graduation, Ms. Genova began her tenure at Tihany Design as an intern and later trained under Andrea Riecken, who had been her mentor for two years while in Rome.
In addition to her years of experience in luxury hospitality design, Ms. Genova brings to every project a truly global perspective and unique creative outlook.
Alessia's strength is in concept and presentation development, drawing on her passion for identifying the story behind each design project and bringing the vision to life for clients. Key projects include Bocuse at The Culinary Institute of America, Oro at the Belmond Cipriani in Venice, Bar Boulud Boston and the recently completed Dubai villa.
As Studio Director, Ms. Genova oversees the design management within the New York studio and is responsible for ensuring that each project is carefully attended to from initial concept to completion. She serves as mentor to the next generation of young designers, aiming to impart the most important aspects of design: innovation, attention to detail and passion for the process. To quote Bruno Munari, “To complicate is easy, to simplify is difficult.”
“Interior spaces are built by people; by human energy. Our industry is one of the very few left that incorporates a number of different trades, materials and interests to create one complex project.”
Andréa has been collaborating with Adam Tihany for nearly 30 years; applying her unique ability to bridge philosophy with meticulous execution to every project, regardless of size or stature. Her strength is in design implementation and project management, bringing a project to life and ultimately realizing the intended experience of the space. Ms. Riecken’s extensive international experience in luxury hospitality and natural aptitude for leadership have positioned her as a valued voice in the industry.
Ms. Riecken graduated from the School of Architecture and Urbanism Farias Brito in São Paulo, and later received her master’s degree in Landmark Restoration from Sapienza University of Rome. Prior to joining Tihany Design, Ms. Riecken apprenticed at hospitality architecture firm WBTL in New York, where she gained valuable experience in the branding of Hilton, Sheraton and Hyatt Hotels.
As Director of Projects, she has worked with globally renowned chefs including Heston Blumenthal and Daniel Boulud, and was key to the success of iconic Tihany projects such as At.Mosphere on the 123rd floor of the Burj Khalifa, Oro at the Belmond Cipriani in Venice and the recently reopened Oberoi New Delhi. She has also been instrumental in the delivery of Tihany cruise projects, from Celebrity Solstice to the newly launched Seabourn Ovation.
Ms. Riecken regularly lectures at the Hospitality Design workshop at Joseph S. Auburn University in Ariccia, Italy, presenting examples from the Tihany Design portfolio and addressing key aspects of the design industry that students are encouraged to apply to both their professional and personal lives.
“I love the exploration: discovering what makes a space exciting and inspirational for people. The research is an ongoing process, which is both a thrilling and challenging aspect of our industry”
Marco has been working in collaboration with Tihany Design for 10 years, joining the firm shortly after graduating from the Valle Giulia school of Architecture at Sapienza Universita di Roma. In addition to his studies in Rome, his one year experience at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands afforded him with a strong knowledge of architectural elements and technology applied to the field.
In 2008, Marco began his tenure with Tihany Design under Andrea Riecken, and has spent periodic months at the New York studio for further training. Especially gifted within the realms of architecture and design implementation, Marco’s contribution has been instrumental to projects such as Four Seasons Dubai Jumeriah Beach and DIFC, as well as the recent renovations at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London.
Mr. Barone has been recognized for taking every extra measure to ensure the clients’ expectations are fully understood and realized, and works seamlessly with all contractors to bring a project to completion. His enthusiasm for design centers on the power of human connection and he thrives in the ongoing collaboration with people of many backgrounds and industries to conceive of, and ultimately build, one of a kind spaces.
“Designing space is a combination of the arts, science and human knowledge- both ergonomically and psychologically- meant to help us grow and make our lives better”
Najung was drawn to the arts from a young age, finding a sense of peace and inspiration working with her hands. She pursued her passion at Korea University, where she began her studies in Fine Arts, eventually focusing on three-dimensional work and Industrial Design, where she could engage more human interaction. Ms. Kim went on to earn her Master’s degree in Interior Design from Cornell University.
Najung spent her early professional years in Korea and New York, where she honed her skills within the hospitality design industry at ICrave Design. Her interest in maintaining a very custom, artistic and personalized approach throughout the design process led her to Tihany Design, where she has dedicated almost 3 years. Notable projects at Tihany include the ultra-luxury Seabourn Encore, The Grill by Thomas Keller, and The Office and The Aviary at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Ms. Kim still draws on her background in the arts to create sketches and model constructions as a fundamental design tool.