Top Interior Designer Rafael de Cárdenas / Architecture at Large (RDC/AAL) is a seasoned resource for design vision and execution with wide-ranging projects in architecture, residential and commercial interiors, temporary spaces, furniture, and integrated objects. RDC/AAL was founded in 2006 as a small office in Chinatown, NYC.
The practice remains based in NYC and works internationally. They maintain a small, dedicated, staff of professional designers with diverse backgrounds. Working with an international team of collaborators including artists, fabricators, and artisans, the studio is currently developing projects in North America, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia.
They favor the strategic over the thematic, the cosmopolitan over the typological, and the atmospheric over the static. Ever-focused on the contemporary, they take diligent note of the past while day-dreaming the future.
While designer Rafael de Cárdenas started out in fashion, he’s spent the better part of the past decade making a name for himself as an architect and interior stylist.
His furniture design is a natural progression to what Rafael has been doing for years —architectural interiors projects. He enjoys the change in scale and its unexpected difficulty.
When you experience the work of interior designer Rafael de Cárdenas, it’s hard not to notice the unexpected touches that permeate each and every space he creates. Perhaps it’s an unforgettable lighting statement or a piece of custom-built geometric furniture. In fact, you can’t take in this designer’s spaces without studying them, because the visually interesting details are so abundant. Yet rather than being overbearing, they live in perfect harmony.