Mercedes Desio and Alberto Villalobos of Villalobos Desio are international interior designers and tastemakers based in New York City. They approach design as storytellers — creating discreet luxurious environments with a fresh approach for both globetrotters as well as their 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. Villalobos Desio want those who encounter their 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 their 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 their design, they introduce another key element of history into their projects.
Villalobos Desio strive to create unique environments that are relevant, functional and livable and always timeless.
Mercedes Desio and Alberto Villalobos studied at the New York School of Interior Design where, after obtaining their degrees, they decided to open their design firm Villalobos Desio as well as their antiques boutique ETOS in New York City. Alberto, whose nationality is Colombian, and Mercedes who is Italian, wanted to combine the eclectic and international senses of aesthetic acquired from their diverse cultural backgrounds, travels and education. Their successful partnership was driven by the fact that they seamlessly integrate their uniquely different viewpoints thereby maximizing their creativity. The result was the creation of Villalobos Desio, an emerging firm that has been commissioned to design homes in the U.S. and Europe for a discerning group of international clientele.
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.
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.