Banjo, an award-winning boutique architecture and interior design firm, specializes in creating custom-designed environments. Bursting onto the design scene with the new Delano guest rooms for Morgans Hotel Group, Banjo was awarded the 2007 Hospitality Debut Award from Hospitality Design Magazine, and has been named a finalist for the coveted Gold Key Award for guest room design from Interior Design Magazine and the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show.
Banjo has also recently completed a redesign of the Skybar at Mondrian, breathing new life into a Los Angeles icon, and will complete a new Agua Spa at Delano for debut at Art Basel Miami in December 2007.
Other recent projects include high-end residential interior design for homes in East Hampton and Beverly Hills, and an apartment on Central Park West in Manhattan.
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1964, Tim Andreas earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1987 from Penn State and moved to Los Angeles where he became an integral part of the design team at the award-winning architectural firm Koning Eizenberg Architecture. His work as executive architect on the Philippe Starck designed renovation of the Mondrian Hotel for Ian Schrager in 1995 led to a position as VP of Design for Ian Schrager Hotels (ISH) in 1998. That year he was named one of Metropolitan Home magazine’s Design 100. While with ISH and subsequently Morgans Hotel Group, he expanded his expertise to interior design including the Mondrian Penthouse, Morgans Bar, Skybar at Shore Club, and an apartment for Rita Schrager in the Richard Meier designed Perry Street Condominium Towers in Greenwich Village. He founded Banjo in 2005 with long-time friend Steve Nelson and they have recently completed the guestroom renovation of the Delano Hotel in Miami Beach for Morgans Hotel Group.
A native Californian, Steve Nelson graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in architecture in 1986. After early work in historic preservation with the National Park Service, he moved to Los Angeles and began work with The Walt Disney Company in their entertainment and retail divisions. At The Disney Store, he was involved in the design of their Paris and Hong Kong Airport Flagships and the 2003 rollout of a new North American prototype store. In 2001, he assumed the position of Design Brand Manager for Ian Schrager Hotels, overseeing design maintenance issues worldwide for the brand. Additionally, his furniture designs have won recognition from national magazines including Sunset and Metropolis. He entered his design partnership, Banjo, with Tim Andreas in 2005.