Staff -- Interior Design, 10/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
Tunnel of Love
principal: Kotaro Ide.
completed projects: Residences, an apartment complex, and offices in Tokyo.
current projects: An apartment and houses in Tokyo; houses in Karuizawa, Japan.
architect: Ide has two miniature dachshunds, Happy and Jewel.
client: He bought one for the Karuizawa house owners; her name is Rubber.
3-34-1, Kami Meguro, Meguro, Tokyo, 153-0051; 81-3-5768-8718; artechnic.jp.
A Tree Grows in Brentwood
principal: Hagy Belzberg.
completed projects: Lab at Belmar in Lakewood, Colorado; Patina restaurant, L.A. Philharmonic Store, Ahmanson Founders Room, and residences, all in Los Angeles.
current projects: The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Conga Room, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art restaurant, all in L.A.
honors: AIA Los Angeles awards; AIA California Council Emerging Talent Award; Architectural League of New York Emerging Voice.
home: Belzberg's L.A. house, which he completed last year, is wired for solar-powered water heating.
work: Belzberg Architects moves into ground-up larger digs going for LEED Gold in November.
1507 20th Street, Suite C, Santa Monica, CA 90404; 310-453-9611; belzbergarchitects.com.
Daroff Design + DDI Architects
principal: Karen Daroff.
completed projects: Philadelphia International Airport; Loews Philadelphia Hotel; Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios and Land Pavilion at Epcot in Orlando, Florida.
current projects: Citizens Bank headquarters in Philadelphia; Loews Atlanta Hotel; Norfolk Westin Hotel and Conference Center in Virginia.
honors: Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design.
grotto: Daroff built herself a minimalist modern house in suburban Philly.
motto: Think big, and turn it up.
2121 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103; 215-636-9900; daroffdesign.com.
principal and design director: Keith Rosen.
completed projects: Offices for Ernst & Young and Sidley Austin and the speech pathology and audiology department at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, all in New York.
current projects: Offices for Met Life and Silver Lake investment firm and the department of music and performing arts professions at the Steinhardt School, all in New York.
honors: Society of Amercian Registered Architects Firm of the Year, National Design, and New York Council awards; Lester Dundes Interior Design Awards.
research: A history buff, Rosen treasures his books.
case study: He's especially fond of Barbara Lamprecht's Richard Neutra: Complete Works.
1230 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1500, New York, NY 10020; 212-492-1400; gensler.com.
A Tree Grows in Brentwood
principal: Meg Joannides.
completed projects: Residences in Los Angeles.
current projects: Residences and an office in L.A.; residences in Carmel, California, and Kona, Hawaii.
europe: Joannides led Polo Ralph Lauren's visual-merchandising department in Munich and Stuttgart, Germany, from 1991 to 1995.
u.s.: Later, she moved to New York for five years as Hugo Boss's vice president of store planning and visual merchandising.
1507 20th Street, Suite A, Santa Monica, CA 90404; 310-652-5255; mlkstudio.com.
principal: Michael Sant.
completed projects: Residences in Los Angeles and a conference facility in Middleburg, Virginia.
current projects: Residences in L.A. and Aspen, Colorado.
honors: AIA Los Angeles, AIACC, and AIA honor awards.
west: Sant has two L.A. real estate development projects in the works.
east: In summer, he escapes for six weeks to his 100-year-old beach house in Chamberlain, Maine.
1613 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291; 310-396-4828; santarchitects.com.
Grow with the Flow
managing principal: Brian Tolman.
principal: Tom Krizmanic.
completed projects: IAC headquarters, Bates USA offices, 610 Broadway mixed-use project, and Bloomberg LP offices, all in New York.
current projects: Bloomberg LP office expansion.
honors: AIA New York Merit Awards in Interior Architecture; AIA Institute Honor Award.
make time: Tolman cooks and gardens when he can.
make fun: Krizmanic describes his hobby as "collecting sticks."
588 Broadway, Suite 702, New York, NY 10012; 212-431-4512; studiosarchitecture.com.
principal: Yoon Gyoo Jang.
principal: Chang Hoon Shin.
completed projects: Gallery 303 in Gwangju, campus complex at the University of Seoul, and an atelier in Yeoju, all in South Korea.
current projects: Suncheon Civic Education and Cultural Center, Province of Chungcheongnam-do government office, and a gallery in Yeoju, all in South Korea.
outdoorsman: Jang is a mountain climber.
outdoorsman: Shin is an ocean swimmer.
G.F. Penta House, 163-43 Hyehwa, Jongno, Seoul 110-530, South Korea; 82-2-764-8401; usdspace.com.
Home, Suite Home
principal: George Yabu.
principal: Glenn Pushelberg.
completed projects: Lane Crawford in Beijing and Hong Kong; Four Seasons Hotel in Tokyo; St. Regis hotel in San Francisco; Hazelton Hotel in Toronto.
current projects: An Edition hotel in Honolulu; W Milan and Miami Beach hotels; W Dubai hotel in United Arab Emirates; W Guangzhou hotel in China; St. Regis hotels in Mexico City and Bal Harbour Village, Florida.
honors: Interior Design Hall of Fame.
unspoiled: Yabu hopes to visit the isolated and pristine beaches of India's Andaman Islands.
luxury: Pushelberg plans to tour historic Syria and Iran in a diplomatic car with Kuwaiti Sheikh Majed al-Sabah, the so-called Sheikh of Chic.
55 Booth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4M 2M3, Canada; 416-778-9779; yabupushelberg.com.