LAS VEGAS – Noted designer Juan Montoya will be honored next month with World Market Center Las Vegas’ Design Icon award, presented during Winter Las Vegas Market Feb. 1-5.

In being named Design Icon, Montoya joins the ranks of prominent past recipients, such as Vicente Wolf, Roger Thomas, Vladimir Kagan and Larry Laslo. “I feel very honored and very appreciative and humbled by this award,” Montoya said. “It means that people appreciate the work I have done, and that I have been doing my job the best way I can do it.”

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, South America, Montoya studied at Universidad La Gran Colombia and at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. He got his start working for Ford and Earl and carried out freelance work in Paris and Milan prior to opening his own New York office in 1978. Montoya specializes in residential and commercial spaces.

Known for his qualities of space and scale, Montoya’s eclectic style integrates objects from across the globe to highlight the cultures that inspire him, such as Japanese, Moroccan, Scandinavian and North and South American.

“The client and space dictate what period I will be working in,” Montoya added. “I consider myself a tailor who finds the best materials to clothe an interior in the appealing and comfortable way, down to the last detail.”

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