Gloria Cortina is a designer, curator, and creative collaborator. Her work expresses ideas and emotions prompted by modernity and myth – ‘a search for the harmony and beauty that can be found in conscious and unconscious imaginings.’
Her designs avoid familiar international styles. The spatial arrangements, furniture, and individual objects that she creates produce very specific atmospheres and aesthetics – and they are extremely place-sensitive. Gloria always works personally with clients to curate settings that bring together architecture, design, art and culture in a way that reflects individual lifestyles.
Her work has grown to include the architectural design of interiors, pieces that are now in the collections of international museums, and the design of one-off products for notable commercial clients. Her inspirations and designs continue to evolve, and there is never any sense of a branded ‘house style’.
Portrait / José Margaleff
Gloria Cortina’s design inspirations range from Mayan artefacts to Cubism, 20th century Modernism, México’s unique Arts and Crafts heritage, and natural and archaeological environments. These, and other sources, enrich her designs, giving them meaning and a uniquely individual character, balancing warmth and refinement.
Gloria who lives in Mexico City and New York, studied at Parsons The New School for Design, setting up her studio in 2009.
Gloria Cortina Studio creates dynamic dialogues involving interiors, furniture, fabrics and individual objects, and does so with exceptional attention to detail. The designs are sensually sophisticated, emotionally engaged, and her beautifully crafted spaces and individual pieces have greatly increased international awareness of Mexican culture in contemporary design.
The Studio’s innovative designs, at every scale, use beautiful and unusual materials. They are all Gloria Cortina originals, produced by the Studio’s team of designers and skilled craftspeople.
The Studio’s work has been featured in publications including Vogue, Architectural Digest, Elle Decoration, Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. It also appears at major international exhibitions, such as Design Miami, Art Basel, Salon Art + Design New York, MACO, and in solo shows in New York City and México.