Mercedes Desio and Alberto Villalobos of Villalobos Desio opened the doors their firm in 2010. Villalobos Desio are known for successfully mixing new pieces, antiques, and contemporary art; their aesthetic is inspired by a wide range of cultural influences from French, African, and Pre-Columbian, to Asian and American. In creating an environment, they tell a story that complements the backgrounds of their clients.
They have worked together on several projects:
Drayton Gardens; Coral Gables; Gramercy Park; Midtown Pied-a-terre; Central Park South, Central Park West; and the room they designed for Kips Bay, Studiolo.
As Mercedes is leaving the firm in September 2017, Alberto Villalobos will take the helm to continue the journey and vision they created through years of experience.
Alberto Villalobos is an international interior designer and tastemaker based in New York City. His goal is to create discreet luxurious environments with a fresh approach for both globetrotters as well as his New York based clientele –- all in search of a unique design experience.
The essence of the firm is to help clients find inspiration by incorporating their significant memories to give a sense of personal relevance to each project. The firm wants those who encounter its work to experience their clients’ pasts which are seamlessly integrated into their current everyday lives giving a sense of history combined with their own senses of style.
The secondary key element of the design sensibility is a deep appreciation of traditional craftsmanship along with its elegance and design integrity, striking a balance between imperfection and precision. While incorporating these elements into the design, a key element of history is ever present.
Alberto Villalobos strives to create unique environments that are relevant, functional, livable and always timeless. Alberto Villalobos studied at the New York School of Interior Design where, after obtaining his degree, opened Villalobos Desio with Mercedes. Alberto, whose nationality is Colombian, wanted to combine the eclectic and international senses of aesthetic acquired from his cultural background, travels and education.
Our carefully selected collection of antiques balances a fusion of European glamour and Manhattan practicality. The aesthetic is inspired by a wide range of cultural influences from French, African and Pre-Columbian, to Asian and American. The furniture, accessories and art showcase elegant taste and ambiance.