Archive for August, 2015

Welcome to UN Plaza Duplex…

Living Area at UN Plaza duplex by ORA studio

Living Area at UN Plaza Duplex by ORA studio

Residential Design can be extremely gratifying and also sometimes challenging. As a designer, I am inspired by structure and Architecture of the space itself. In one of our latest Projects, that is now on our website at UN Plaza Duplex was such an inspiration. In an iconic building on the east side of Manhattan with panoramic views of the East River and also the United Nations Headquarters, the location itself was awe inspiring and beautiful.

Our Client was embarking on a new chapter in his life and was excited at the Modernist idea that I relayed to him. We began the design of a large duplex with custom fireplace, and a grand spiral staircase and foyer, just to name a few of the standout features.

In an apartment with so much space, it is important to keep the feeling of harmony, this was a home and I felt the responsibility to maintain the integrity of that feeling, comfort mixed with luxury and livability. The Client has a very extensive art collection which served as a backdrop for Architectural details and features in the space.

From the grandeur of the entry foyer with its modern spiral staircase leading to the second floor, to the pristine kitchen with eat in area to the large scale living area with custom fireplace and bar, this duplex is modern in its concept but never loses the feeling of  being a home.

By using high quality materials, stone, marble and high end flooring, and elements of luxury such as a sauna and large master tub, the Client is presented with a space that will stand the test of time. The furnishing reflects the Client’s aesthetic and suits the space and the stunning art collection works well with each piece carefully placed for maximum viewing. Though the overall palette is neutral the pops of color added are the appropriate accent without looking too garish, and overdone.

I want you all to take the tour of UN Plaza Duplex; it is a beautiful space and was a labor of love to design…

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Happy Anniversary….to us!


July 2015, marked ORA studio blog’s 4 year anniversary. Out of curiosity, I looked up the symbols for wedding anniversaries and for 4 years of marriage the Modern symbol is appliances, I thought this is a perfect symbol for a four year anniversary for a blog about Architecture, Interior Design, and lifestyle.

This has been a journey, learning about how to “blog” and capturing the essence of a topic in a concise and entertaining format. This endeavor has stretched my capabilities, both as a writer and as a business person in this age of social media. It has allowed me to express my creativity in a whole new format, and reach out to Design lovers in a new medium.

In July of 2011, I wrote a mission statement and purpose for this blog as the first entry: “I will explore ideas and practices as they relate to Architecture, Design and Lifestyle…As an Italian Architect/Interior Designer I strive to create harmony and have a clear creative vision keeping in mind the idea of simple luxury that is modern and comfortable. This quest for harmony expands into daily life.”

My intention with the blog has not changed. I constantly  strive to find that harmony in design, whether it be Residential of Commercial and through this blog, illustrate that through my Project images and also images from life that inspire me. As I move forward, I hope that my writing and work evolves and that I can capture the interest of readers and other bloggers who read my posts.

Writing a blog was new territory for me, and something I had to learn by trial and error, but this blog is a successful tool to educate and inspire others to see the potential of their space and encourage them to approach design in a different way, and  also to spread the word about my work, my firm and my design philosophy.

It has also put in place a goal,  I know that every month I will create a new blog article and that keeps my eyes always open to new ideas, and design inspirations from my Projects and from Art, Fashion, Food, and Music… It has been a fantastic 4 years, and I look forward to many more “blogging” anniversaries.

Thank you to all who read this blog and leave such wonderful comments, I love hearing feedback, it is both reaffirming and motivating!

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