Franklin Report Report Card for Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Designs in Los Angeles
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Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Designs
201 Post Street
9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 362-4500
Main Contact: Orlando Diaz-Azcuy
Interior Design

Services & Specialties
Thoughtful, urbane, spare yet sumptuous interior design

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FR Review:
Letting the artistry speak for itself, Diaz-Azcuy creates unparalleled, understated drama with accessible luxury in a minimalist mode. Employing architectural simplicity and shots of vibrant color, Diaz-Azcuy assiduously limits each design to its essential elements, which are executed with exacting beauty and comfort. Based in San Francisco and New York, but with a worldwide following, Diaz-Azcuy does several projects in Los Angeles each year. Clients feel as if they are graced with the thoughts of a legend, and trust his judgment implicitly.

With an undergraduate degree in architecture and master's degrees in landscape architecture and city planning, Cuban-born Diaz-Azcuy has an expansive view. After working with landscape icon Lawrence Halprin and then with Gensler Architects in San Francisco for twelve years, Diaz-Azcuy founded his own firm. There is an effective staff of fourteen (all clothed in white lab coats in their neutral office setting), including several licensed architects and senior designers who manage about twenty major ongoing projects. Diaz-Azcuy sets the direction for each design and approves each presentation. Commissions have included hotels in Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan and the States, but most of the interior work is residential. The firm has designed furniture, fabrics and accessories for a range of companies, including McGuire, Hickory Business Furniture, Stow Davis, Steelcase, Schumacher and Boyd Lighting. Diaz-Azcuy travels and lectures extensively, and teaches a summer session at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.

Undertakings are generally for the seriously committed with strong budgets. While most of the furnishings are custom crafted with exacting details, Diaz-Azcuy has been known to appropriately incorporate Ikea and Gump's. The firm charges lower to higher hourly rates, meaningful travel costs and a lower product markup. HB Top Designers, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004. ID Hall of Fame.

Representative Client Comments:
"As a contractor, I see that his clients hang on his every word. They will not do anything without Diaz-Azcuy's approval." "There are never any issues." "He gets involved with every detail." "He has only one distinct look, but it is done to perfection." "He creates drama without saying ‘look at me'." "To Orlando, simple lines speak volumes." "We were unrealistic in our budget, and were enticed into better quality." "The house and the landscape are symbiotic." "Orlando is a master. He is intelligent, thoughtful and clear—it is a wonderful experience." "There is such a mystique about Orlando." "After over 30 years in design, Orlando is still on a minimalist mission, but it is a softer one."

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