As an interior designer, I am energized by the design process. I love developing a concept, sketching out ideas and selecting just the right furniture and materials to express my vision of a space. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I also love catching an inspiring glimpse of the process employed by other designers – especially when the designer is Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz and the project is the newly opened Mondrian Soho in New York City.
Inspired by the French film "La Belle et la Bête," Noriega-Ortiz has turned the 25 story, 270 room Morgans Hotel Group property into a fantastical vision of blues and whites. Sinuous curves and luxurious finishes abound, and through his sketches and concept materials we are able to follow along with the process – from idea inception to finished design.
What do you think of the project? Does having insight into its design help you appreciate it more? How likely are you to check it out in person, if given the chance?
For more great sketches, images and information, visit Mondrian Soho Sketches- 03.02.11 | notcot