Co-founder Gino Castano creates boldarchitectural gestures using a mixture of materials and colors that evoke a sense of drama and luxury. Using an extensive network of resources and artisans around the globe, he is relentless in his search for the right stone, the perfect chair, that unusual piece of art. Gino brings passion, energy, wit,and a unique vision to each project.
An avid explorer, Gino divided his childhood between Hollywood,Colombia, and Mexico, and continues to travel extensively.
After earning a dual degree in International Relations and Spanish Literatureat Syracuse University, Gino began his professional life inside Hollywood'smovie studios. A chance opportunity to renovate an actress' residence led to his career in design and worked for Mary McDonald. During his tenure at Cheryl Rowley Design and BAMO, Gino led such projects as the Sofitel LosAngeles, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, and the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles.
"Even though my references are from all over the world," saysGino, "I always start my design process locally. I want my designsto have a strong sense of history and place and to resonate withthe people who live and work there."