Gloria Cortina designs fully composed architectural interiors expressing ideas and emotions prompted by modernity and myth – ‘a search for the harmony and beauty that can be found in conscious and unconscious imaginings.’

Working from her bases in New York and Mexico City her curations and artistic collaborations transcend the normal limits of interior design. ‘It‘s like a dance, a series of movements’ she explains, ‘a weaving together of a complete three-dimensional experience by giving and receiving ideas with my clients.’

Gloria describes a key part of her design process as being ‘almost like sculpting space and light’ to create very specific atmospheres. Every architectural interior is therefore a unique composition.

Her designs, for clients who have included leaders in the tech and communication industries and art world figures, flow from her intense interest in the physical, emotional, and creative qualities of spaces and materials. She develops and curates settings that bring together architecture, design, art and culture in a way that creates very specific, place-sensitive atmospheres and aesthetics.

Gloria‘s design inspirations range from Mayan artefacts to Cubism, 20th century Modernist art and architecture, México‘s unique Arts and Crafts heritage, and natural and archaeological environments. These, and other sources, give her architectural interiors a uniquely individual character.

Her interiors, and her own GC Ediciones limited edition furniture and fittings, are characterised by the use of beautiful and unusual materials, crafted with exceptional attention to detail by her own team of highly-skilled makers.

Her furniture has been acquired by major cultural institutions such as the Cooper Hewitt and Smithsonian in New York, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and it has been featured in publications including Vogue, Architectural Digest, Elle Decoration, Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

Gloria‘s ability to transcend the normal limits of interior design reflects her own personal journey. After training at one of the world‘s elite creative powerhouses, the Parsons School of Design in New York, she collaborated with outstanding architects, including the Praemium Imperiale-winning Ricardo Legoretta before establishing her design studio in 2009. And this journey has come full circle: having begun her design Odyssey at Parsons, she now lectures there.

Extracts from an interview with architecture and design commentator Jay Merrick, New York, 2022