James Magni has been recognized as one of the foremost modernist designers of our time. His inimitable style—rigorous, impeccable, sophisticated—has left an indelible mark on the worlds of architecture and interior design. More importantly, however, it continues to move modernism along the stylistic continuum, elevating and ushering it into a new era. For this reason, Magni has achieved the highest accolades in his field. Architectural Digest named him to its AD100, the publication's distinguished annual compendium of the world's top interior designers and architects. He has been similarly honored by Robb Report (one of the top 40 worldwide) and by Luxe magazine (where he holds a place on its annual Gold List).
After earning his architecture degree from the University of Nebraska, Magni was recruited by Dallas-based H.M.B.H. (Haldeman, Miller, Bregman & Hamann). At 26 years of age, he became the youngest vice president of the firm, overseeing a cadre of designers. There he undertook various projects for the Lay family, including the headquarters of their flagship company, Frito-Lay. In 1988, he established his own eponymous firm, Magni Design, in Los Angeles. And in 1996, he created the Magni Home Collection, which showcases lighting, rugs and furniture of his design. The collection boasts over 200 pieces made with the finest materials: masterfully worked bronze, luminous cast glass, natural stone, magnificent hardwoods and supple leathers. Exhibiting the highest level of craftsmanship, it is represented in eight prestigious showrooms across the country.
Since embarking on his career, Magni has developed a style characterized by environments that simultaneously telegraph a sense of sumptuous luxury while also clearly subscribing to modernism's promise that clean lines and uncluttered spaces are instrumental in delivering serenity and comfort amid the chaos of contemporary life. His approach to the programmatic and aesthetic concerns of his clients is purposeful, meticulous and thorough, whether it manifests as an immaculately white, art-filled Beverly Hills mansion, a sprawling Mexico City penthouse or a palatial Moscow manse.
Magni responds to the modernist palette of glass, steel and concrete with rich, sensual textures, flawlessly executed custom furnishings and the dynamic aesthetic impact of contemporary art. His passion for fine art has made him a favorite amongst major collectors, museum directors and trustees, though he is equally sought-after by innovators and entrepreneurs of many fields. Always it is Magni's signature excellence and restraint that characterizes every project.