Renowned designer Tina Manis has joined CannonDesign as the Interior Design Leader of our New York City practice. Dedicated to redefining the common perception of beauty in the built form, Manis will lead the interior design direction for healthcare, science, education and corporate clients throughout the tristate area — delivering spaces that strengthen identities, achieve performance goals and profoundly impact the human experience.
Manis joins CannonDesign after leading her own practice — Tina Manis Associates — for more than 10 years. Recognized for her imaginative and sophisticated interiors, her design portfolio spans building types, ranging from luxury residences and hotels to healthcare spaces and offices, most notably the TED HQ in NYC, and while at OMA, the McCormick Tribune Campus Center for IIT in Chicago. She has been a professor at Parsons School of Design and New School University, and a visiting adjunct at Columbia University GSAPP, Yale School of Architecture, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, among others.
“Tina is the consummate designer,” said David Polzin, CannonDesign’s executive director of design. “Beyond her intelligence and creativity, she embodies our firm’s belief that great design can make the world a smarter, more sustainable, equitable and inspiring place. She will be a wonderful addition to our design leadership and I have no doubt she’ll bring immense value to our clients and our design teams.”
As a designer, Manis embraces all scales of interior design, from the seamless integration of technology and architecture down to the most specific details of interior architecture, including furnishings, fixtures and materials. In everything she does, her goal is to transcend the traditional notion of what a designed interior space should be, and how that space may be experienced.
“In today’s competitive business climate, our clients are in need of spaces that can balance beauty and function with their need to remain competitive,” notes Manis. “This is exactly where my passion lies — in leveraging the built environment to drive business performance while simultaneously elevating the human spirit and how it might resonate as an experiential space. As a performance-driven design firm, CannonDesign understands the importance of this balance, and I’m looking forward to contributing to the firm’s growing interiors portfolio.”
Although Manis derives much of her inspiration from the energy found in NYC, her design sensibilities are also influenced by time living abroad in London, UK; Osaka, Japan; Firenze, Italy; and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where she worked with Rem Koolhaas at OMA. Her work has garnered numerous awards for design excellence and has been published in Interior Design, Brooklyn Modern, Surface, Architectural Record and Wallpaper, among other publications.