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 has lived in México and New York, studied at Parsons The New School of Design and, before setting up her studio, she worked with leading architects, including the internationally acclaimed Ricardo Legorreta and David Ling.
Gloria Cortina Studio was founded in 2009. It 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.
Rafael Franco — Lead Designer
Rafael qualified as an architect at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in the Max Cetto studio before joining Gloria Cortina Studio. He has worked closely with Gloria Cortina for eight years and is intensely focused on design development.
He believes that design should generate sensual and emotional meaning, and he monitors and develops designs from the conceptual and detailed design stages, right through to their highly crafted completions.
Vanessa Ocana — Interior Design Manager
Vanessa has worked at Gloria Cortina Studio for more than ten years, contributing substantially to the creative process of the interior design projects.
She gained an MA in architecture and interior design at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and has a deep understanding of design integrity.
Laura Abe — Senior Interior Designer
Laura studied architecture at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, and also architecture and urbanism at the University of Belgrano.
Her approach to design is holistic. She has a particular interest in the poetics of space, and in the resolution of design details.
Tatiana Ortiz — Senior Interior Designer
Tatiana is an architect specialized in Interior Design and Design Studies. She considers every aspect of design as an answer of the question about the being.
After 7 years working in different stages of architectural and interior design, she believes that design is, not only the outcome, but the process of solving any single problem in life by deeply understanding details and users.
Gabriela Garcia — Administrative Assistant
Gabriela is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the assets and accounts of Gloria Cortina Studio. She believes that accuracy in these areas contributes directly to the efficiency and creative success of the studio.