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San Francisco Design Icon: Orlando Diaz-Azcuy

It’s always a treat to support our fellow designers at the annual California Home + Design Awards. This year’s gala was particularly memorable as Orlando Diaz-Azcuy was honored as Design Icon of the Year.

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Orlando Diaz-Azcuy gained substantial experience as design principal for both Gensler and Associates Architects and has been leading his eponymous design studio in San Francisco since 1987.  Diaz-Azcuy’s aesthetic embodies carefully crafted modern interiors with subtle, unexpected accents.


Ram’s Gate Winery is one of his latest creations – a rustic but refined tasting room and restaurant at the entrance to Sonoma Valley.  This space epitomizes Diaz-Azcuy’s skillful juxtaposition of the raw and unfinished with just the right amount of polish.  Exposed rafters mix with clean-lined upholstery and dramatic, oversized pendants. You feel like you’re in wine country – just without the scrolling vines and cheesy decor hitting you over the head (thank goodness). Congrats on a well-deserved award!

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