This year Architectural Digest rewarded 5 audacious visionaries whose rooms are all about shock and awe. This category was named 100 AD 2017 Daredevils and has some of the most intriguing and original interior designers of 2017.
Rafael de Cárdenas is one of the five designers on that list, since founding his multidisciplinary practice almost ten years ago, this talented New York-based designer and architect has been at the creative helm of a multitude of projects. Known for his bold, geometric and luxurious designs, Cardenas began his career in fashion, working for Calvin Klein before moving into production design and finally founding Architecture at Large in 2006. At his company, Rafael provides services within architecture and interiors, art advisory, furniture design and brand development on commercial and residential projects.
See now some of the most stunning and original projects from Rafael.
Demisch Danant Gallery in Manhattan is a refined showcase for rare and sumptuous gems of 20th-century design. With vibrancy pieces by Suzanne Demich and Stephane Danant. This space has an exquisite minimal vibe.
The museum of art and Designer in NYC steps into a temple like a nightclub environment, highly inspired by 80’s and 90’s club culture the result is an opulent honor to the ongoing evolution of NYC nightlife.
Evoking timeless luxury this renovated London residence balances contemporary classics with the home’s historic character. Here Rafael used a restrained palette of portland limesteone, hardwood and natural materials with touches of turquoise, fuschia, brass and deep purple.
The dark, limed oak paneling of the entrance hallway provides a backdrop for the double-height ceilings and the dramatic chandelier.
Rafael gave this Russian jugendstil building a contemporary insertion. He created a situation of changing areas, perfect for hosting designer pop-ups events and services.
This New York Penthouse is in the heart of the historic Warren and Wetmore Building, home for the Ford Models Women’s Division, was design to pay homage to the history of the building through a palette of Art Deco, Gothic and Parisian themes. Hand-painted murals of exotic fauna and flora by Leon Benn and hand painted ceilings reflect a grid of nickel light fixtures, while silk and velvet textiles absorb and soften the light.
In this New York two-storey penthouse Rafael prioritized lightness and luxury while capitalizing on the art deco character of its setting.a restrained and muted palette is used throughout, creating contrast and counterpoint with contemporary artworks and furniture.
Philosophy: “Our work is guided by a keen historical interest and an attention to the complex movements of culture in the moment.”
The Next Big Thing: Artificial intelligence.
Key Influences: Gae Aulenti, Carlo Scarpa, Adolf Loos, David Adjaye.
Projects: Renovation of Au Pont Rouge department store in St. Petersburg, Russia.