Tony Chi

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Tony Chi is an American interior designer. He is the principal and founder of New York-based design firm tonychi studio. [1]


Early life and education

Chi was born in Taipei, Taiwan, moving to New York's Lower East Side at the age of six. [2] He attended the High School of Art and Design and studied interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. [3]


Chi got his start designing restaurants for Charles Morris Mount Design, and left to found his namesake studio in 1984 with wife Tammy Chou. [4] Following Black Monday in 1987, Chi traveled abroad to create food and beverage concepts throughout Asia from Hong Kong to Jakarta. [4] He also designed restaurants for chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Alain Ducasse and Michael Mina. [5] Later, Chi began to expand his portfolio to include hotel interiors, from Santiago to Geneva, developing his signature "invisible design" aesthetic, or that which you do not necessarily see, but feel and perceive. [6]

Select Work

Tony Chi has designed the Park Hyatt in Shanghai, [7] including Park Hyatt Washington [8] and Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow, [9] Andaz Tokyo [10] and 5th Avenue New York, Rosewood London [11] in High Holborn, W Santiago, [12] Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou [13] and restaurants in Taipei, Intercontinental Geneva, [14] and Grand Hyatt Chengdu, [15] Berlin and Bangkok, among other hospitality projects. [16]


Tony Chi was inducted into Interior Design's Hall of Fame in 2009 [4] and awarded FIT's Lawrence Israel Prize in 2015. [3]

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