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Juan Montoya: 52 Weeks of Design

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Juan Montoya


The Mine welcomes interior designer Juan Montoya to Week 32 of 52 Weeks of Design. Colombian-born, New York-based designer
Juan Montoya creates interiors with bold designs, luxurious textures and intriguing pieces that give his spaces an eclectic aesthetic.

Juan Montoya


"Give me your dreams and I will make them happen." - Juan Montoya

Juan Montoya is one of the most acclaimed and prolific interior designers in the world today. Juan Montoya was born and spent his early years in Colombia. After studying architecture in Bogotá, he moved to New York where he graduated from Parsons School of Design before traveling to Paris and Milan for two years of work and study abroad. He returned to New York, where he started his successful design business, specializing in residential and contract interior design, with projects located throughout the United States and internationally.

His contributions to the field of interior design are widely recognized; Montoya is a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, a recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, Star of Design Award, and the Legends Award from Pratt Institute. He is also included in AD100 since its inaugural list, AD Collector (France) top 100, AD 30 Deans of Design and a Grand Master on Elle Decor's A-list.

As a truly revolutionary designer, Juan Montoya is not wedded to a particular style or period but rather, favors design diversity in his designs. Initially labeled a minimalist, his work has evolved dramatically since he first came to the public's attention. The exquisite juxtaposition of textures, colors and volumes, together with thoughtful attention to shadows, scale and spatial quality, result in interiors that exude refinement and elegant simplicity and a touch of South American influence. Through the careful placement of objects that often reflect his interest in a variety of cultures, Montoya enhances the qualities of a room or of an entire apartment or house.

Room Designed by Juan Montoya

"Be passionate about design! A room that lacks passion lacks heart."
- Juan Montoya


Allegro 3-Drawer Console Table
Floor Lamp
Stepped Suite Knob
Liberty Club Chair
Questions and Answers

Q: "What's your design motto?"

A: "Be Passionate."

Q: "What's the best advice you've ever received?"

A: "Don't be afraid."

Q: "No room is complete without ___________."

A: "... a beautiful carpet."

Q: "What's the first thing you do for a client?"

A: "Look at their art collection."

Q: "What's the easiest way to transform a room?"

A: "Kill the useless clutter."

52 Weeks of Design


52 Weeks of Design is our yearlong celebration of 2017's most cutting-edge designers, brands and influencers. We'll introduce a new guest every week along with a bio, information about their designs and inspiration, and access to style tips, curated products and more.

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