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 1, 2012
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    What is Adam Tihany's favorite resort?

    It’s the One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos. If it’s our refuge, my wife and I go there at least once a year. We find it to be the perfect resort. Perfect resort doesn’t necessarily mean bricks and stones, as you know. It has to do with people. I think it’s probably the best-run resort that I have experienced, and I have been to quite a few. It’s a relatively large place. There are about 180 rooms or so. It’s very personal, very individual. They cater to your personality more than to your needs, which is quite extraordinary. In the main hotel restaurant the chef will cook for you whatever you would like. The first time you step in they establish a relationship—and they don’t ask you about your dietary restrictions and allergies—they introduce you to the chef and that’s it, you’re home. It’s like you have a personal cook. The spa has the same attitude.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    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 September 25, 2012
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    What is Adam Tihany’s favorite restaurant?

    One of my recent favorites is Noma in Copenhagen. It’s absolutely extraordinary. I managed to get a table for lunch in December through twisting hands and making phone calls, and it was completely memorable. It was original and whimsical and just brilliant. I had like 27 courses during lunch and one of them was meat, just one, and that was a duck. What was quite extraordinary was that it was a very relaxing experience, there’s no formality. It’s very sophisticated yet completely informal and everybody in the restaurant serves the food from the chef down to kitchen assistant. It’s just a total joy to sit there for three hours smiling the whole time — you can’t wait for the next dish.
  • On September 25, 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 September 25, 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.