A rendering of Victoria Place, a residential development by Tihany Design at Ward Village in Honolulu.

Tihany Design

Star chefs and luxury hospitality brands have long turned to Adam D. Tihany to devise refined interiors that feel worthy of their celebrated names, from the Beverly Hills Hotel to the Four Seasons. After 42 years in the biz, change is now afoot at the celebrated interiors firm, where Tihany has recently named his first-ever partner. Alessia Genova, who started at the studio after graduating from Politecnico di Milano, has risen within the ranks to managing partner, a title she quietly assumed earlier this year. Tihany and Genova spoke to AD PRO about their plans, why they make a great team, and what they see as the future of the hospitality business.

Alessia Genova and Adam Tihany.

Peter Murphy

AD PRO: Adam, what made you decide to name your first-ever partner?

Adam Tihany: In order to assure continuity, there comes a point in the lifetime of a brand when the leadership and the future of the business needs to be entrusted to the next generation. I have been considering this for the past five years, evaluating several options, and finally deciding to offer Alessia this opportunity.

AD PRO: What about Alessia makes her a great partner to you?

Tihany: Alessia spent the past 15 years at Tihany Design. Starting as a junior designer in our Rome office, making her way to New York 10 years ago, working up the ranks… All along I have been keeping an eye on her development and in recent years we developed a close professional collaboration. She became my de facto deputy.

In addition to her formidable design talent, sense of style, and deep practical knowledge of all phases of design, Alessia possesses a keen understanding of the interior design business as well as a natural and instinctive connection to people. A lesser known fact is that Alessia is a genuine Italian foodie, which certainly is a great plus in our business.

AD PRO: Alessia, what are you particularly excited to focus on in your new role?

Alessia Genova: The most exciting challenge is charting the future course of Tihany Design. In addition to our luxury hospitality core business, we are expanding our residential portfolio, looking for retail design opportunities, and strengthening our European operations. With the goal of infusing fresh, contemporary spirit into the Tihany Design DNA, I keep investing in our very talented and dynamic team of designers, who I am very close to.

The lobby of the Breakers Palm Beach, which was recently renovated by the firm.

Eric Laignel

AD PRO: What is one thing that you’ve learned from Adam over the years that particularly resonates with you?

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