Leo Marmol, FAIA, and Ron Radziner, FAIA, principals of Los Angeles-based Marmol Radziner + Associates, along with four other design practitioners, will soon join the ranks of Interior Design magazine's Hall of Fame.
Now in its twenty-fifth year and including more than 160 individuals, the Hall of Fame recognizes those who have contributed to the growth and prominence of the design profession in some significant way.
That they had even been nominated for the honor came as a shock to both Radziner and himself, Marmol says, compounded by the fact that past Hall of Fame honorees help choose new inductees.
"We certainly weren't expecting anything like this," he says. "And the fact that it's coming from past inductees makes it even more cherishable, because when you look down the list of who's already within the Hall of Fame—it's a staggering list of history and design power, elegance and grace. So to even be considered and to actually be a part of it is an overwhelming honor."
Over the years, many talented, highly respected, and celebrated design practitioners—from architects to furniture and textile designers—have been recognized in the Hall of Fame, among them Deborah Berke, FAIA; Antonio Citterio; Clodagh; Frank Gehry, FAIA; Gisue and Mojgan Hariri; Gwynne Pugh, AIA, and Lawrence Scarpa, AIA; Philippe Starck; and Robert A. M. Stern, FAIA.
Since establishing their firm in 1989, Marmol and Radziner have built a design-build practice that respects the cross-disciplinary collaboration that is vital to the success of a project, whether a high-end custom residence, a prefab house, a community building, or a historic restoration. "A successful project is always one in which differences of perspective and opinion are harnessed into one glorious idea," Marmol says.
A pared-down simplicity, a close dialogue between interiors and exteriors, and a vision of landscape and architecture as one seamless whole drives the firm's work, according to Marmol. "I don't think you can have a successful interior without a successful exterior and everything in between. Our approach to interiors very much recognizes the integration of landscape, architecture, and all the other elements," he adds.
In addition to architecture, the firm has expanded its creative expression to high-end furniture. While much of Marmol Radziner Furniture's pieces are custom designed specifically for many of the firm's architecture clients, the furnishings shop also manufactures a collection for retail as well as reproducing a line of R.M. Schindler redwood pieces.
For more about Marmol and Radziner's partnership, read ra's June 2005 profile on them.
Also being honored as 2009 inductees are Tony Chi of interior decorating firm tonychi and associates; Vladimir Kagan of furniture design firm The Vladimir Kagan Design Group; and Nick Luzietti of architecture, planning, and interior design firm VOA Associates. Global architecture, planning, and consulting firm Gensler will receive Interior Design's Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Special Award. The awards event will be held December 2 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Visit www.interiordesign.net/HoFEvent for details.