Monday, March 1, 2010

Required Reading: Juan Montoya

While perusing through my weekend reading, I came across this book featured in INTERIOR DESIGN magazine and recognized some of my favorite design images. It was no surprise that the designer was Juan Montoya - a Colombian born designer and architect who moved to New York from Bogota to pursue further education at the Parsons School of Design, also receiving training in Milan and Paris, then returning to New York in 1978 to start his own business. His design aesthetic has evolved over his 30 year career, as it should, from starting with minimalist clean lines to what it is today - a blend of styles, periods and cultures. He is an artist in his own right, using the 3D form of a room as his canvas, no surface is left untouched. One of his favorite elements, from what I can see, is to blanket walls in rich, textured woods, stones, and finishes, creating a backdrop of what is to come. In of my favorite projects, not shown below, is a penthouse he did in Philadelphia where the walls are made from slabs of onyx with accents of black to create a sense of drama, elegance, and sophistication to the space, while at the same time bringing in a sexy edge. Be sure to check out his website for a full portfolio and images that are featured in the book.

PHOTO CREDITS: Architectural Digest

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