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In Profile:
Ovadia Design Group

In Profile:

Ovadia Design Group

Shortlisted: for 4 categories

The International Design & Architecture Awards 2024

Name: Jack Ovadia

Company: Ovadia Design Group

Position within company: Principle & Founder 


Tell us a little about your background in design:

In 2010, I founded Ovadia Design Group with a passion for creating attainable luxury designs that prioritize everyday functionality. With a BA degree in Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology and over 20 years of experience in the industry, I have developed a unique approach that merges interiors with architectural elements – resulting in the curation of elevated everyday experiences.

This unique element is now integrated into our firm, enabling our team to push the boundaries of creativity to shape the future of design. Much of my experience has been by spending time in firms based throughout New York City, ranging from interior architect positions to in-house designer. I give thanks to architecture and design firms in the city, they have all been valuable resources for my unique perspective in residential and commercial designs. More recently, I have been honored to become a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and lead a team of innovative creatives at our firm.

How would you describe your personal design style?

I would describe my personal design style as finely tailored with a sophisticated approach, while still prioritising comfort and a casual everyday living perspective. I like to allow space for a glamorous appeal that reflects an upscale yet relaxed ambiance.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

My family of five and I are avid travellers so naturally my design inspiration is heavily influenced by different cultures and countries. When working with a client, my focus is centred to listening, we will integrate those elements they feel inspired by and then I incorporate unique design elements inspired by my travel experiences. I would say our clients and travel really fuel my inspiration.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

I have seen the art of materiality making its way forward. From integrating 3 dimensional textures of various materials into furnishings pieces, I would say unique design styles are up and rising. I have also seen artificial intelligence growing rapidly when it comes to designing, it’s something I’m not sure I can embrace quite yet, maybe I’m more old school when it comes to design. Although, we’ve been working with close partners who have integrated incredible technology into their practices.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2023 and beyond.

Key themes I can say I’ve seen from more of my clients and in the industry is designing family friendly spaces, following more contemporary design, creating residences that feel like getaway homes and staying budget conscious.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?

The best advice I can share is presenting clients with a curated selection of design schemes that set you both up for success. That means digging into understanding the client and their preferences. Showcasing a smaller number of concepts but including unique designs are essential. It’s equally important to ensure that your vision can be transformed from concept to reality – this is something our firm has learned over time.

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?

The International Design & Architecture Awards truly believes in the future of design and the beauty of unique design. Taking a unique approach to motivate the design industry through meaningful design is inspiring to not only our firm but to many others. The awards truly fuels designers and the world around us to be inspired and stay positive for the evolvement of the design industry.

What projects are you currently working on?

Our firm is currently working on multiple summer homes located in New Jersey. We’re also designing a women’s wellness center in Brooklyn, New York, which we’re excited to cross-market on social media. Another project our firm is excited for involves renovating one of the seven locations of a renowned and iconic restaurant in Manhattan, New York.

What was your favourite project to work on and why?

This is one of our most unique projects, we have had the privilege of working on Safra Synagogue in Brooklyn, New York. It’s been a project that is truly limitless, our design and approach has been able to surpass our own expectations. Being involved in a project that is connected to my heritage has been immensely fulfilling, and it’s also a project that is designed for the betterment of the community. The opportunity to collaborate with my team on a project that my family and future generations will be able to witness one day is an indescribable feeling.

What was your most challenging project to work on and why?

Our team worked on a design project located in Phoenix, Arizona, quite the distance from our New York City office. The project itself was challenging with the client’s specific taste of a strict black and white color palette. All monochrome. No shades of gray with brown undertones were allowed, this pushed us as designers. The most significant challenge we faced was ensuring the color palette, fabrics, and materials were harmonized. Our team made regular trips to ensure the elements appeared as intended. As a result of this project, we recently decided to revamp our office with new lighting from Light Lab to enhance lighting conditions for future projects.

Which products/services could you not live without when designing?

Our team, especially myself, could never imagine not integrating millwork, stone, or metals. We like to think these elements are our signature design approach.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

We’re hoping to see 3 projects completed and I’d love to pick up a hotel project soon.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession?

My family.

Your favourite holiday destination?


Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?

The St Regis in the Maldives, Cipriani, and my home bar.

Your favourite book, film & song?

Health and spiritual books are really uplifting, for a movie Home Alone, and the pursuit of happiness by Kid Cudi is often playing in the background.

Your favourite food and drink? 

Steak and a dirty martini.

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?

Just sitting in a comfy chair and thinking.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?

I’d be a plastic surgeon.
Anything else interesting?

I’m blessed to be married to my high school sweetheart at 20 years old.

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