Juan Montoya to be honored as Design Icon by World I M a r k e t C e n t e r L a s V e g a s I n t e r n a t i o n a l d e s i g n l u m i n a r y J u a n M o n t o y a i s b e i n g h o n o r e d w i t h o n e o t Council Inc. Awards for furniture design. Montoya was also selected as a panel member for the National Endowment of the Arts, is consistently named in the AD Top 100 Designers and is represented in the Interior Design Hall of Fame. In recent years, Montoya has found great joy in giving back. He’s currently h e i n d u s t r y ’ s h i g h e s t d e s i g n a t i o n s — W o r l d M a r k e t C e n t e r L a s V e g a s : D e s i g n I c o n . F o r y e a r s M o n t o y a h a s b e e n a n i c o n b y r e p u t a t i o n , a n d W M C L V i s n o w m a k i n g t h e d e s i g n a t i o n o c i a l f o r o n e o f t h e t o p f designers in the U.S. “I feel very honored and very appreciative and humbled by this award,” says Montoya. “It means that people appreciate the work I have done, and that I have
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been doing my job the best way I can do it.”
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, South America, Montoya studied at Universi- dad Gran Colombia and at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. He got his start working for Ford and Earl and carrying out freelance work in Paris and Milan prior to opening his own New York oce in 1978. Montoya specializes in residential and commercial spaces.
Known for his qualities of space and scale, Montoya’s eclectic style integrates ob- jects from across the globe to highlight the cultures that inspire him, such as Japan, Mo- rocco, Scandinavia and the Americas. “e client and space dictate what period I will be working in,” Montoya explains. “I consider myself a tailor who nds the best materials to clothe an interior in the appealing and comfortable way, down to the last detail.” He takes projects that are not only interiors, but also architecture and exteriors. His clients represent his international interests and are oen involved in commerce and diplomacy.
The master bath of this private residence boasts majestic columns on either side of the soaking tub. Detailing such as the sink vanity and custom mosaic tile add a unique Art Deco-inspired elegance.
It’s that open-mindedness that helps transform his projects into an extension of the client highlighted with the texture of Montoya’s expertise.
e designer and lecturer has received
numerous accolades throughout his colorful career, including the S.M. Hexter award for Interior of the Year in 1977 and 1980, the Chicago Design Sources award for excellence in the eld of resi- dential interior design and the Resources
The living room in a private residence in PA is dened by a curved ceiling that draws your eye to the custom lighting around the perimete . The geometric screen and generously scaled
oor lamps are also custom designed by Juan Montoya.