Maker Monday: Adriana Hoyos

Since beginning her career almost thirty years ago, furniture and interior designer Adriana Hoyos is an expert in crafting spaces in the hospitality realm. As a designer for big-name hotel chains such as Marriott, Hilton, and Starwood, her sense of ambiance and functionality within spaces has helped her develop one of the leading design brands rooted in Latin American style. With seven showrooms around the world, Adriana runs a family-owned company, where sophistication and style are key for both her staff and the product they produce. Her furniture line, Adriana Hoyos Furnishings, is a comprehensive catalog of anything one could need while designing a modern hotel or restaurant design. Having designed for years, Hoyos knows what designers want to see and shop from while evoking luxury and relaxation in their spaces. Meet the hospitality heroine below in this week’s #MakerMonday.

Greenery and gold meet perfectly to bring glamour and growth to this hotel eatery.

Andrew Joseph: What’s your wakeup ritual?
Adriana Hoyos: I wake up and do my 10-to-15 minutes stretching exercises. Then I get on my phone to see what my day looks like and how to best multitask.

Andrew: How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Adriana: I like to mix pleasure into my business travels, such as finding a cool new restaurant, or spending a few extra days in a new city/country looking for inspiration.

Andrew: Dream country to work in? Or dream project to take on?
Adriana: Dream project would be to design a unique hotel in the GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS with a sense of place with a relaxed and sophisticated lifestyle

Andrew: Most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?
Adriana: Ride in an airplane to a deserted island landing at our own risk.

Andrew: How would you define your work in three words?
Adriana: Passion; Inspiration; Satisfaction.

Nothing says glitz and glamour like pearl necklaces and silver velvet.

Andrew: If you had one more hour in the day what would you do with it?
Adriana: Have a one-hour massage every day.

Andrew: What’s inspiring you in life (in the industry) right now?
Adriana: Nature’s natural textures and shapes.

Andrew: Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
Adriana: Listen to your gut feeling.

Andrew: Favorite place to view art?
Adriana: Miami during Art Basel. Love it….

Andrew: If you made a documentary, what would it be about?
Adriana: How good design impacts a life of a family.

Andrew: Song you can listen to on repeat?
Adriana: Shallow Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper.

Beachside blues on an Adriana Hoyos-clad terrace.

Andrew: What are you most excited about at this time in your life?
Adriana: Watching my son and daughter growing as great professionals and human beings.

Andrew: Your affirmation for today?
Adriana: Trust yourself.

Andrew: What’s one thing that is always in your refrigerator?
Adriana: Cheese. Cannot live without cheese.

Andrew: Before leaving the house, you always…
Adriana: Say goodbye to my three dogs. They’re a part of the family, too!


About The Maker | Adriana Hoyos is characterized by a unique style – timeless, warm and sophisticated – reflected in her interior and furniture design. During her career, which started more than 27 years ago, she has worked on hundreds of interior design projects and eleven furniture collections. Adriana has been recognized as a leader in furniture and interiorism. She has created a broad portfolio of residential, commercial and hotel projects for prominent individuals and corporations in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, the United Kingdom and France.


Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here

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