Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz

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Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz
Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz
Born (1956-07-14) July 14, 1956 (age 60)
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Alma mater The University of Puerto Rico
Columbia University
Occupation Owner of BNO design, LLC
Organization BNO design

Born in Puerto Rico, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz spent his childhood between the capital's suburban area of Guaynabo and Luquillo Beach, where his parents had an apartment. After attending Margarita Janer High School in Guaynabo, he studied in the School of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico.[1]


Benjamin completed his first master's degree in Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico in 1982.[2]  He moved to New York, where he earned a second master's degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.[3] Benjamin started his career at the interior and product design studio of John F. Saladino, Inc. where he spent nine years, including six as head interior designer. He established his own firm, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, LLC in 1992.[2]  Benjamin was named one of New York Spaces' top 50 designers.[4] He was also named one of the top 10 designers by House Beautiful Magazine.[5] Benjamin is ranked by Mate magazine 347 in their 2012 list of 500 Power Gays in the world.[6] Benjamin was featured in Sheila Bridges:designer living episode 8 season 3.[7]  Benjamin also designed a sconce for Nessen Lighting in 1998 which he calls Antorcha. "It means torch in Spanish" and the fixture reminds him of torches he would see growing up in Puerto Rico.[8] Benjamin also teamed with Tapestria, an online company, to create a collection of sheers.[9] For Cartier he designed a concept boutique to introduce the “Delice de Cartier” collection launched in SoHo, New York in 2002.[10]  Morgans Hotel Group commissioned Benjamin's design firm with the remodeling of Mondrian Scottsdale, Mondrian Los Angeles, and Mondrian SoHo. Benjamin is responsible for the interior design of Russell Simmon's Liberty street apartment.[11]  He also designed homes for Lenny Kravitz: A condo on Crosby street[12] and a house in Miami.[13]  In 2007, his first book Emotional Rooms, The Sensual Interiors of Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, was published by Simon & Schuster.[14]  His second book, Suspending Reality, is published by The Monacelli Press.[15] In 2009, BNO design became a partner in the custom lighting studio ABYU Lighting with artist Steven Wine [16] who is also Benjamin's life partner.[17]


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  2. ^ a b esquilin,rivera, eileen (May 2010). "disena esculuras de interior". El nuevo dia: 8. 
  3. ^ landis, dylan (April 1995). "urban balm". House beautiful: 101. 
  4. ^ "top 50 names you will need to know in metro new york design". New york spaces: 87. September 2010. 
  5. ^ "america's most brilliant decorators A to Z". House beautiful. November 2000. 
  6. ^ "500 Power Gays". mate. Fall 2012. 
  7. ^ Roger Ross Williams – director and writer (2002). "Sheila Bridges:Designer Living". season 3. fine living network. 
  8. ^ "To the trade". Architectural Digest. January 1998. 
  9. ^ "take note:". Metropolitan Home. September 2001. 
  10. ^ "success is sweet". Interior design: 71. February 2004. 
  11. ^ "Give me Liberty". Retrieved 5 February 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Rock 'n" Real Estate". New York Times: 86. Fall 2002. 
  13. ^ "Lenny Kravitz's Former Miami Villa". Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Emotional Rooms". Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Suspending Reality". Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "biography". Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "designed for living". Passport: 62. November 2009.