Hospitality design industry veteran Michael Suomi has launched Suomi Design Works, a Manhattan-based hotel design studio. Driven by a desire to respond to what he sees as the industry’s ever-expanding need for a high-level of creativity combined with deep expertise, Suomi Design Works will exclusively design hotels.
“I am so excited to announce the launch of my new company, which will be completely focused on crafting amazing hotel designs and experiences,” Suomi tells Boutique Design. “I’m looking forward to reaching new creative heights and continuing to build strong relationships with owners and brands, starting with the FutureForward bar and guestroom I created for BDNY (booth 3327).”
With more than 30 years of architectural and interior design experience, Suomi built his career at hospitality-focused firms including Chicago-based Jordan Mozer and Associates and New York-based Rockwell Group. For the past 15 years, he has been principal and vice president of New York-based Stonehill Taylor, where he pioneered and helmed the interior design division. There, Suomi developed and led a hospitality-focused team to create hotel experiences in accordance to his long-held design philosophy: to root designs in a strong conceptual narrative. Each project was the result of an intense research process into a project’s location, history, influences and target clientele, resulting in a completely bespoke hotel, crafted through a personalized process. At Stonehill, he and his team designed interiors and brands for hotels including the Eliza Jane, New Orleans; the Limelight Hotel, Aspen; and the recently opened midcentury marvel, the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport.
Suomi Design Works’ clientele and future projects may vary in size, scope, and location, but Suomi says they will all have one thing in common: “Our clients are owners, developers, and brands with vision.” Suomi is always on the lookout for “design catalysts”—experts from disciplines ranging from fashion and industrial design to science and technology—to help energize his team’s creative process with new ways of seeing cutting-edge science and technical know-how.
Photo: Courtesy of Suomi Design Works