Philosophy

While the results of each project are unique, tailored to the personality of the individuals living there, our work leans toward clean lines and simple patterns, characteristics of modern design. At the same time, we adhere to the dominant sensibilities of classical architecture including the use of strong axis, as well as attention to proportion, hierarchy, and the balance of form in the placement of furnishings within a space. The marriage of modern and classical provides the opportunity to mix pieces of various periods. The result is a human scale, a walk-in sculpture, where color and form take precedence over the pedigree of any one object. Through this process, a strong concept is defined, in which rooms are built or changed to represent that concept, and space is ultimately transformed.

Interiors should be elevated into living works of art, environments in which the intrinsic human desire for comfort and beauty are naturally aligned.

Team

Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz

Principal

BNO holds a Master of Architecture from the University of PR and a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. He began his professional career in 1983 with John F. Saladino, Inc. He established his own firm in 1992. Notable residential clients include Lenny Kravitz, Laura Esquivel, Mark Seliger, Russell Simmons, Patricia Field and Sean Combs. Notable commercial clients include Cartier, Diptyque, Morgan Hotel Group, Renaissance Times Square, NH Collection. BNO published two books: Emotional Rooms, The Sensual Interiors of Benjamin Noriega Ortiz (2007) and Suspending Reality, Interiors by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz (2014). The D&D Building selected BNO as the Design Star 2015.

Dragan Dejkanovic

Senior Designer

It sounds like what you’re thinking, but only his hair resembles the creature. Traveling from Yugoslavia to the United States, Dragan was focused on educating himself on design. While attending Fashion Institute of Technology, he worked as a junior designer for a SoHo furniture company, designing and restoring fine furniture. He graduated with honors from FIT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design.

His design knowledge began developing quickly through Singler Enterprises of New York. As a senior designer, he managed multiple projects and oversaw product development. He also held the position of senior designer at Sygrove Associates.

Although interior design is always on Dragan’s mind, furniture design is his passion. He is responsible for assisting Benjamin on his furniture and accessories line, Metropolitan Home Collection and Phillips Collection.

Pursuing other artistic relief, he has also appeared in independent films, Memorias del Desarrollo (2006) and Red Cockroaches (2003). Both films are directed Miguel Coyula.

Kevin Hoffmann

Senior Designer

After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Kevin began his first association with BNOdesign in 1996, when the company was first established. His 5 year tenure involved working closely with Benjamin on a majority of the high-end residential projects featured in the book, Emotional Rooms.

A parallel career in real estate helped Kevin establish a strong sense of all factors associated with residential interiors. Eventually his tenacity and determination drove him to start his own company where he purchased, re-designed and resold residential real estate in Chelsea and the West Village. Eventually, he began to crave the creative world of interiors and decided to re-join BNOdesign, where he can refocus his efforts solely on interior design.

During his down time, Kevin’s perseverance and determination can be seen in his love of long-distance, competitive cycling where he travels to many parts of upstate New York on summer weekends.

Kyle O’Connor

What began as a creative outlet eventually turned into a profession for Kyle, the roots of which started in his High School woodshop where he learned the craft of woodworking and furniture design for four years.

Kyle received his Masters of Architecture from Northeastern University, in Boston, where he studied a diversity of projects, ranging from the classical architecture and urban evolution in Rome, to self-sustainable homesteads in Ireland. While in Boston, Kyle interned for the architecture firm William Rawn Associates, working late into the night modeling performance arts centers and student dormitories

Now, just a short ferry ride away from his home in Jersey City, Kyle is thrilled to continue his career at BNOdesign.

Virginia Cobb

As Head of Business Development, Virginia collaborates with international development and hospitality brand teams to bring BNOdesign the best of commercial and business developments around the world.

Virginia Cobb built a global reputation as a key executive for W Hotels and Resorts Worldwide as the Senior Director of Design and Planning for the Europe, Africa and Middle East division. Based in Brussels, Virginia served as the sole design representative in the region for the rapidly expanding brand. In this capacity, she collaborated with internationally recognized designers: Ricardo Bofill Architects – Barcelona, Yabu Pushelberg Interior Designers – Toronto and New York City, Antonio Citterio Architects – Milan, Patrick Jouin Interior designer – Paris, Concrete Architects and Interior Designers – Amsterdam, and MAKE Architects – London. Significant projects included developments in, Barcelona, London, Verbier, Athens, Amman, Istanbul, and Dubai.

Prior to working in the corporate global division, Virginia served as Director of Development and Planning in the W Hotels headquarters located in New York City. Virginia held the same integral role with complex teams executing developments in the US. Interior design projects included: W Denver by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, W Vieques by BNOdesign, and W Austin by Olsen Sundberg Kundig Architects, and a host of other projects from New York City to Maui.

Virginia developed her expertise in a wide array of commercial and historically significant preservation projects in her 15 year career as a developer and architect in Chicago, Illinois. Co-founder of Evergreen Properties in Chicago, she directed innovative architects, engineers and real estate consultants, as well as collaborated with city and community organizations.

Prior to co-founding Evergreen Properties, Virginia practiced as an interior architect and as an apprentice architect at Eifler and Associates in Chicago. Here she led the AIA award winning interior design of the Frank Lloyd Wright Seth Peterson Cottage, in Mirror Lake, Wisconsin

Presently living in Austin and working remotely for BNOdesign, she uses her amazing expertise to connect BNOdesign to the best projects worldwide.

Books

Suspending Reality: Interiors
by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz

Emotional Rooms
by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz

Various projects appearing in:

American Designers’ Houses
by Dominick Bradbury and Mark Luscombe-Whyte

The Art of Living
Photography by Bärbel Miebach

Big Home, Big Challenge
by Kira Gould and Saxon Henry

Color Palettes
by Susie Butterfield

Decorating with Color and Texture
by Ann McArdle

Decorating with Fabric and Pattern
by Ann McArdle

Designers Here and There
by Michele Keith

East Coast Rooms
by Anna Kasabian

Glamour: Making it Modern
Michael Lassell

Hamptons Havens
by Better Homes and Gardens Books

Hotel Spaces
by Paul Borràs

House Beautiful Great Style
by Christine Pittel

House Beautiful Lighting
by Judith Gura and Christine Pittel

Interior Style
by Lesley Riva

Lofts and Apartments in New York City
by Edizione L’Archivolo

The Luxury Bathroom
by Samantha Nestor

Monochrome
by Paula Rice Jackson

New American Style
by Mike Strohl

New Classic Style
by Better Homes and Gardens Books

New York Home Book, Second Edition
by Ashley Group

Rooms to Inspire
by Annie Kelly

Sleeping Spaces
by Lisa Skolnik

Southern Rooms
by Rockport Publisher

Stripes
Linda O’Keeffe

Brilliant: White in Design
Linda O’Keeffe

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