Adam Tihany

Interior Designer

New York

When Adam Tihany isn’t designing sophisticated hotspot restaurants, he’s working on hotels, bars, spas and more. After graduating from the Politecnico di Milano, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tihany established his own studio and began specializing in hospitality design in 1981. Since then, the award-winning designer has created signature looks for various properties, each with its own unique design. Some hotels he’s designed or renovated include Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, The Beverly Hills Hotel and The Joule in Dallas. The world-famous hospitality designer has also created designs for a slew of renowned restaurants, including Daniel by Daniel Boulud and Per Se by Thomas Keller.

  • On October 19, 2012
    Adam Tihany answered the question: Adam Tihany

    How does Adam Tihany spend a day in his hometown New York?

    A day in New York it starts and ends with the High Line. We live downtown in the Village, and we just love to go early in the morning to the High Line when nobody’s there at 6:30 a.m. It is truly one of the most extraordinary urban parks that I’ve seen in a long time. I love roaming around the Lower East Side, and I recently have gotten the Brooklyn bug. I’ve been exploring Williamsburg, Red Hook, Green Point, and Bushwick. I’m not there that often, but I have some friends who live in Brooklyn and work in Brooklyn so I try to go see their studios and they take me around.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Adam Tihany answered the question: Adam Tihany

    Which five New York City restaurants are best for brunch?

    I'm not necessarily a brunch person but I like Clinton St. Baking Company if I'm downtown. Actually, if you have guests form out of town and you want to impress them with New York brunch, I think Asiate, the restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental does a great job. The spot is amazing. You can see the parks in the winter or summer — it's very beautiful.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Adam Tihany answered the question: Adam Tihany

    What is Adam Tihany’s favorite place for brunch in ?

    I’m not necessarily a brunch person but I like Clinton St. Baking Company if I’m downtown. Actually, if you have guests form out of town and you want to impress them with New York brunch, I think the Asiate, the restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental does a great job. The spot is amazing. You can see the parks in the winter or summer — it’s very beautiful.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Adam Tihany answered the question: Adam Tihany

    What is Adam Tihany’s favorite place for brunch in ?

    I’m not necessarily a brunch person but I like Clinton St. Baking Company if I’m downtown. Actually, if you have guests form out of town and you want to impress them with New York brunch, I think the Asiate, the restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental does a great job. The spot is amazing. You can see the parks in the winter or summer — it’s very beautiful.
  • On October 1, 2012
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    What are Adam Tihany’s most recent design projects?

    Right now, we are working with The Oberoi in New Delhi, so every two months I get to go India. We are working on a restaurant with Harvey Nichols in Kuwait, which opens in the fall. We are designing a pretty major restaurant with The Breakers Palm Beach, in Los Angeles we are redoing The Beverly Hills Hotel, and in New York we are designing Sirio Ristorante New York at The Pierre. We recently started a hotel project in Venice, Italy. We’re redoing the main restaurant at the Hotel Cipriani in Venice.
  • On October 1, 2012
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    What other domestic projects are Adam Tihany working on?

    We are going to be doing a new Italian restaurant for The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. It changed owners last year, so they’re doing a whole bunch of stuff. We did a very successful restaurant [Summit] for them five or six years ago and now it’s our second project with them. We’re going to put an Italian restaurant on the lake. It’s going to be an homage to Bellagio — a Bellagio in the mountains.
  • On October 1, 2012
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    How did Adam Tihany revamp The Beverly Hills Hotel?

    It’s a pretty interesting departure from what the existing lobby was. But I think it’s very much in keeping with the spirit of The Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s very residential and lighter in colors, very California. There are two things that cannot change here. The Fountain Coffee Shop and the Polo Lounge because they are so iconic.
  • On October 1, 2012
    Adam Tihany answered the question: Adam Tihany

    What is Adam Tihany’s favorite place for brunch in ?

    I’m not necessarily a brunch person but I like Clinton St. Baking Company if I’m downtown. Actually, if you have guests form out of town and you want to impress them with New York brunch, I think the Asiate, the restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental does a great job. The spot is amazing. You can see the parks in the winter or summer — it’s very beautiful.
  • On October 1, 2012
    Adam Tihany answered the question: Adam Tihany

    What is Adam Tihany’s favorite time of year to visit New York?

    Fall and spring is too obvious. I’m a winter person. I love the extreme weather during the winter in New York. Snow is completely magical the first hour that it falls. I used to have a house in Venice in Italy and my favorite time of the year is winter because nobody is there. The humidity gets into your bones. It’s very grim but it has this romance and decadence. That comes with the territory and it doesn’t smell either. Since then I sort of fell in love with winter. For me it’s like the Mark Halprin book Winter’s Tale.
  • On October 1, 2012
    Adam Tihany answered the question: Adam Tihany

    How does Adam Tihany spend a day in his hometown New York?

    A day in New York it starts and ends with the High Line. We live downtown in the Village, and we just love to go early in the morning to the High Line when nobody’s there at 6:30 a.m. It is truly one of the most extraordinary urban parks that I’ve seen in a long time. I love roaming around the Lower East Side, and I recently have gotten the Brooklyn bug. I’ve been exploring Williamsburg, Red Hook, Green Point, and Bushwick. I’m not there that often, but I have some friends who live in Brooklyn and work in Brooklyn so I try to go see their studios and they take me around.
  • On October 1, 2012
    Adam Tihany answered the question: Adam Tihany

    What is Adam Tihany’s favorite thing to bring home from his travels?

    I get locally made things if I can find them. It doesn’t necessarily have to be anything specific. Personally, I have a fetish for tote bags. I have been banned from shopping for tote bags for the last seven years, but if it were up to me I would get a tote bag everywhere I can find one. Local tote bags. Whether it’s funky or I just like those things. If I shop it’s solely for something unique to that particular city or place, it’s not necessarily craftsmanship but it’s local products and it could be, as I said, anywhere from tote bags to food to stationery or anything.
  • On October 1, 2012
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    What does Adam Tihany always pack when he travels?

    My Kindle. Noise Reduction earplugs and an ultra-light Pashtoosh stole from India. It’s the kind that you can buy legally. It’s sort of my safety blanket.
  • On October 1, 2012
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    What does Adam Tihany thinks makes a quality hotel?

    In this day and age the competition among luxury brands is fierce. People are competing for the same customers. Everybody’s capable of buying a good mattress and good pillow and thread-count sheets and what not. That doesn’t make a hotel — those are just details money can buy. What money cannot buy is the person that anticipates your needs and that is rare and very important.
  • On October 1, 2012
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    What are Adam Tihany’s favorite city hotels to visit?

    Besides the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, which is one of my tops, I love the George Cinq [Four Seasons Hotel George V] in Paris; it’s a little bit of old-fashioned France. I love the Grand Hyatt Seoul, which is also a very big hotel that manages to feel intimate and personal. I like Le Sirenuse in Positano very much. I have very expensive taste. For us it’s truly about site-specific hotels that truly reflect the character of the town. And it’s about people, it’s about service. Someone said to me a long, long time ago that a true butler is somebody that anticipates a client’s needs five minutes before they do. I must say they do exist.
  • On October 1, 2012
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    What are Adam Tihany’s favorite places to visit?

    I like to go to places I haven’t seen before. I travel very extensively for business. I’m on the plane at least every two weeks. What I try to do is get projects in places that I actually want to go to, which we have been pretty successful lately.