“As an Interior Designer, one must have the intuition of a Psychologist, the hand to eye drawing coordination of the Illustrator and the Soul of a Fine Artist”
Ina Pineda has over 10 years of high-end residential interior design experience across the US and Asia. Her work is infused by an inspired world-view and design sensibility of “weaving cultures” that transcend time and international datelines.
Born and raised in Iloilo City, Philippines, Ina's passion for interior design stems from her heritage and her upbringing. Growing up, she obsessively played and built houses out of LEGO and drew interior and exterior sketches of homes. She grew up in the ancestral home built by her grandfather and designed by her Uncle Nonoy, who serves as her primary design inspiration as she started her journey into the interior design world.
“I grew up reading his old Architectural Digest magazine staring at one specific ad - the New York Design Center building - I was obsessed with it. Reading the magazine was such a beacon of light; I knew that one day I would spend time living in New York City.”
In 2001, Ina graduated with a degree in Interior Design from Assumption College in the Philippines. Her experiences include working with architectural and design firms in Manila and subsequently earning her license. She was also commissioned to design the San Diego Pro Cathedral dome in Silay which is one of the biggest dome in Asia.
In 2004, Ina moved to New York to pursue her dreams. She took further studies in New York School of Visual Arts and later met Mae Vela, owner of the interior architecture firm Inner Structures Inc., who took Ina under her wings and showed her every facet of the New York interior design scene. " Mae is my New York Pinay Angel”, Ina shares. She gave Ina her first interior design project which is designing Queen Latifah’s office.
This opened a series of opportunities for Ina. She became the Lead Interior Designer for a high-end furniture store in SoHo and became a furniture curator in I Salone Mobile in Milan. One of her main projects is 20 Pine St. by Armani Casa.
Currently, Ina is the Senior Interior Designer for Octave Studio, a NYC -based interior design firm that has projects in NYC, LA & Paris, and owned by NY design icon, Alexandra Hayden. She had the opportunity of designing homes for A-list Hollywood celebrities such as Marisa Tomei & Quentin Tarantino, entrepreneurs, professional athletes and Heads of State.
Ina continues to curate and design alongside her uncle Nonoy at Komoda & Accents, their family-owned interior design lifestyle atelier and boutique in Iloilo City.
"I hope to bring a Filipino element in every Interior Design project that I do in NY and hope to showcase my New York aesthetics and sensibility to a Filipino audience. Being able to infuse the nuances of both cultures to both countries, design spaces that transcend time and international date lines, and be with my family would be my dream, fully realized.