“Interiors should be elevated into living works of art, environments in which the intrinsic human desire for comfort and beauty are naturally aligned.” – Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz
The designer’s innate ability to elevate interiors into functional yet ethereal works of art also led him to found ABYU Lighting—a couture custom lighting manufacturer. His first book, Emotional Rooms: The Sensual Interiors of Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, dates to 2007.
While the results of each project are unique, tailored to the personality of the individuals living there, their work leans toward clean lines and simple patterns, characteristics of modern design. At the same time, they adhere to the dominant sensibilities of classical architecture – including the use of strong axis, as well as attention to proportion, hierarchy and the balance of form in the placement of furnishings within a space.
The marriage of modern and classical provides the opportunity to mix pieces of different periods. The result is a human scale, a walk-in sculpture, where color and form take precedence over the pedigree of any one object. Through this process, a strong concept is defined, in which rooms are built or changed to represent that concept, and space is ultimately transformed.
His recently published follow up, Suspended Reality: Interiors by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, offers a glimpse into over 60 of his projects, including his own, all-white Manhattan apartment.
Current and upcoming commissions include the Renaissance Times Square’s new lobby and suites, the NH Collection Hotel (opening in 2016), and a Penthouse at 35XV.
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