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Episode 137: Benjamin Noriega Ortiz

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Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz is recognized as one of the most stylish and influential of today’s interior designers. Throughout his projects, he captures an unusual sense of openness and light through the use of color, materials, architecture, and the unexpected integration of timeless fashion.

Benjamin holds a Master Degree in Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in NYC. He began his career in New York in 1983 at the world-renowned interior and product design studio of John F. Saladino, Inc. Establishing his own firm in 1992, Benjamin has traveled throughout the world to produce projects for such clients as rock star Lenny Kravitz, best-selling Mexican author Laura Esquivel, celebrity portrait photographer Mark Seliger, media moguls Michael Fuchs and Russell Simmons, fashion stylist Patricia Field and entertainment mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs, among others.

Along with his husband artist Steven Wine, he co-owns ABYU Lighting, which specializes on bespoke lighting products.

With much success, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz has developed a reputation for his inventive commercial interior design, from stores and restaurants to boutique hotels. He designed stores for Cartier and Diptyque. For Morgan Hotel Group he designed Mondrian Scottsdale, Mondrian Los Angeles, Mondrian SoHo, and Mondrian Baha Mar, now an SLS Bahamar and the first Q&A Residential Hotel for Furnished Quarters at 70 Pine Street. His latest hotel lobby renovation and suites for the Renaissance Times Square was just completed in 2016. In addition, BNO designed window displays for Barney’s NY and E.R Butler & Co..

His work has been featured in dozens of newspapers, design blogs, books on design, in style and shelter magazines throughout the world, as well as on several television shows and series. His first book, Emotional Rooms, The Sensual Interiors of Benjamin Noriega Ortiz was published in 2007. His second book, Suspending Reality, Interiors by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz is in stores now.

The prestigious Decoration and Design Building selected BNO as the Design Star 2015.

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