Andrei also served as creative director for real estate mogul Aby Rosen’s 221-room project in SoHo, 11 Howard (also the home to the city’s hottest restaurant Le Coucou and lounge, the Blond). In partnership with interior designers Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rutzou, the team behind the Danish architecture and design studio SPACE Copenhagen, Andrei crafted the hotel (from the guest rooms to the common areas and lobby) to infuse the Danish design tradition, creating a meticulous, modernist, and timeless environment for this new downtown destination. “We wanted to create an instant classic—a place that will get better with time, no gimmicks, no tricks,” says Andrei. “The beauty of Danish design mixed with the essence of old SoHo New York.”
Throughout these projects, Andrei maintains a warmth, integrity and authenticity in her designs; everything has its purpose and place—nothing is done for show. We chatted with the New York City-based designer to find out what makes her tick.