LABO DESIGN STUDIO was founded in 2001 by Raffaella Bortoluzzi.


Located in New York City, the firm has designed residential, commercial and retail projects in the US and abroad, with a distinct architectural style and a rigorous approach to design and construction.


Through a fundamental inquiry process that seeks to identify and solve architectural challenges, Labo design studio believes in creating intelligent and responsive design.


Specialized materials and research result in highly sophisticated unique creations. Rich, warm, yet spare interiors characterize residential work, with living spaces enriched by singular details to forge a particular atmosphere for every client. Retail projects are characterized by new materials, new building techniques and challenging exchanges with artists.


Labo design studio’s design language is inspired by a set of emotional alchemies made of unexpected choices and inventions. Each element is an integral part of the ensemble whilst holding its own aesthetic power.


Raffaella Bortoluzzi’sapproach interprets architecture as research and as narrative – a constant joining of episodes in a dialectical way – where disparate objects live together, and where materials and forms deviate from the main subject material, adding a poetic and sometimes surreal dimension to the project.


Raffaella Bortoluzzi was born in Venice and obtained her Bachelor in Architecture at IUAV – Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, Italy and her Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York.


After positions with GluckmanMayner Architects and Rafael Viñoly, she established LABO DESIGN STUDIO in 2001.