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. The practice began specialising in restaurant design with the creation of La Coupole, the first grand café in New York City in 1981. In 1987, Tihany became a co-owner in Remi restaurants, which together with his partners, he continued to own and operate for the following 25 years.
Tihany has created hotel and dining interiors acclaimed for their luxury and innovation at some of the most iconic properties around the globe, including One & Only Cape Town resort in South Africa, Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Westin Chosun in Seoul, The Joule in Dallas, The King David Hotel in Jerusalem, The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, The Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeriah Beach Dubai, The Breakers in Palm Beach and The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. His studio perpetuates the philosophy that every project should be a living, relevant, and unique entity. His sophisticated, often ground-breaking, designs are custom-tailored to fit the vision of the client and stay true to their location.
Tihany was one of the first designers to collaborate with celebrity chefs, creating signature restaurants for acclaimed culinary stars such as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Charlie Palmer, Heston Blumenthal, Paul Bocuse, and Pierre Gagnaire. Tihany has created several restaurants for Chef Thomas Keller, including the celebrated Per Se and Bouchon restaurants. He worked extensively with the Maccioni family, collaborating on eight projects including Le Cirque 2000, Osteria del Circo and the contemporary Italian restaurant, Sirio. Chef Daniel Boulud and Tihany have created three restaurants together, including Boulud’s flagship, Daniel, in New York City.
In addition to restaurants and hotels, Tihany has now set his sight on the seas. His visionary design concepts for the next wave of Holland America Line and Seabourn vessels are slated for delivery between 2016 and 2018.
Tihany has licensed product lines for several notable companies: Pace Collection and McGuire; Villeroy & Boch and Schönwald china, hardware for Valli & Valli; lighting for Lucifer and Baldinger, linens for Frette and furniture for Poltrona Frau. His longstanding association with Christofle has resulted in Collection 3000, Urban flatware, and K + T Hollowware designed with Thomas Keller. With the recent launch of Tihany Product Design, Tihany will continue to forge meaningful collaborations with renowned manufacturers around the world. As a leading expert, Tihany frequently lectures at universities and conferences around the world and currently sits on Pratt Institute’s Board of Trustees. His contribution to design has been recognised with numerous honours 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 has published several books on his work and his latest, Tihany: Iconic Hotel and Restaurant Interiors, was published by Rizzoli spring of 2014.