June 1, 2014

Adam Tihany: 1991 Hall of Fame Inductee


Adam D. Tihany

is widely regarded as one of the world’s preeminent hospitality designers and an early pioneer of the restaurant design profession. After attending the Politecnico di Milano, Tihany apprenticed in renowned design firms in Italy. In 1978, he established his own multidisciplinary New York studio.

Tihany was one of the first designers to collaborate with celebrity chefs creating signature restaurants for culinary stars such as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Jean Georges Vongerichten, Charlie Palmer, Heston Blumenthal, Paul Bocuse, and Wolfgang Puck. His work in the hospitality field can be experienced at many luxury hotels and iconic properties around the globe: One&Only Cape Town resort in South Africa, Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Westin Chosun in Seoul, Korea and The Joule in Dallas, The King David Hotel in Jerusalem, The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Hotel Cipriani in Venice, The Four Seasons Hotel Jumeriah Beach Dubai, The Breakers in Palm Beach and The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs to name a few. His studio perpetuates the philosophy that every project should be a living, relevant, and unique entity. Each project is custom-tailored to fit the vision of the client and true to its location.

In addition to restaurants and hotels, Tihany’s renowned work includes his creation of innovative design concepts for the next wave of cruise ships for Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and Seabourn brands.

As a leading expert, Tihany frequently lectures at universities and conferences around the world and was appointed Art Director of the Culinary Institute of America in 2011. He currently sits on Pratt Institute’s Board of Trustees and on the advisory board of the Holon Design Museum. His contribution to design has been recognized with numerous honors and awards including an Honorary Doctorate from the New York School of Interior Design and induction into the

Interior Design

Hall of Fame in 1991. Tihany was recognized by Who’s Who in Food and Beverage in the United States by The James Beard Foundation in 1997, named

Bon Appetit

’s Designer of the Year in 2001, and awarded the prestigious Lawrence Israel Prize from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2005. Monacelli Press published his first monograph,

Tihany Design

, in 1999 and his second book,

Tihany Style

, was published by Mondadori Electa in May 2004. Tihany’s third book,

Tihany: Iconic Hotel and Restaurant Interiors

was published spring of 2014 by Rizzoli.”


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