One of the most acclaimed and prolific interior designers in the world today, Juan Montoya was born and spent
his early years in Columbia. After studying architecture in Bogota, he moved to New York where he graduated from
Parsons School of Design. Following two years of work and study in Paris and Milan, he returned to New York, where
he founded the design business he has presided over since 1978. His firm specializes in residential and contract
interior design, with projects located throughout the United States and abroad. He also designs and markets an
extensive line of furniture. A member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame and a recipient of the honorary
Doctor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, his contributions to the field of interior design are widely
A truly original thinker, Juan Montoya is not wedded to a particular style or period. Initially labeled a
minimalist, his work has evolved dramatically since it first came to public attention in 1977. The great
diversity found in Juan Montoya's work notwithstanding, it is possible to trace the elements that
constitute the Montoya look in all of his interiors. 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. Through the careful placement of objects that often reflect
his interest in a variety of cultures, Montoya enhances the inherent qualities of a room.
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