BNO Design Blog

Scooter La Forge, #HowToCreateAMonsterpiece

How to Create a Monsterpiece is the latest show by the very talented artist Scooter La Forge. Here you see Steven and I at the gallery opening wearing some of his creations.

Scooter and over 20 of his closest artist friends already collaborated with us on a spectacular ephimeral mural at the Renaissance Times Square which has been highly publicized.  

Keep an eye for our next collaboration: an amazing apartment that we’re working on at 35XV, here in Chelsea. Following the footsteps of Madeleine Castaing’s collaboration with the great Jean Cocteau, Scooter is creating a mural in a manly Cigar Room on the 23rd floor of a daring glass tower designed by FX Fowle for Alchemy Real Estate.

Let’s say, this interior is going to be a “monsterpiece”.


2015 Star of Design

Thank you Charles Cohen and the D&D Building for the great honor!


From: Jodi Imburgia []
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 12:58 PM
To: Benjamin Noriega Ortiz <>
Subject: Congratulations!
Importance: High


Dear Benjamin,

Congratulations! On behalf of Charles Cohen and the Decoration and Design Building we are delighted to officially inform you that you have been selected as the 2015 Star of Design in the category of Interior Design. This award recognizes an individual or firm for significant achievements in the field of Interior Design and those who have made a lasting impact in their field.  Awards will also be presented in Art, Architecture, Graphic Design, Landscape Architecture, Lifetime Achievement Product/Industrial Design and Photography. All awards will be bestowed at a gala awards ceremony and dinner held at the D&D Building restaurant Upper Story, the evening of Wednesday, October 14, 2015.

SLS LUX at Baha Mar

It’s been a long time since we presented the idea of doing the pool bar for this hotel using the local lighthouse as inspiratioon. Now that the lifestyle hotel in Baha Mar that we designed is opening as an SLS LUX at Baha Mar, we get to see how right we were in creating an iconic image for this brand. 

Our environments reflect the lay back life in the Bahamas.

Although the interiors have been slightly modified to reflect the new brand colors (originally designed as Mondrian for MHG), the essence of the design is still there. Having “good bones” really helps.


Back in the day before digital cameras, I wento to Hawaii with Virgina Cobb, Ross Klein and Tina Edmunson in order to conceptualilze a W hotel. This is me then…

Metropolitan Home


Here I am today remembering the gorgeous furniture collection and showroom that we designed for the now gone Metropolitan Home. The elegant sillouetes were so gentle… And the showroom was so romantic! :-)