After studying with seminal Metabolism Group figures Arata Isozaki and Fumihiko Maki in Japan, Markus Dochantschi landed a gig with London’s reigning dame, the late Pritzker Prize-winning, typology-bending Zaha Hadid. During his seven-year term as director at Hadid’s firm, Dochantschi embraced his love of art, particularly when he began working on the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center. “After we won the commission, I went to New York to educate myself about art,” he explains, “and toured a lot of other galleries and museums to try and understand how to best show contemporary art through proportion, light, and a flexible use of space—it is really about the artists having the stage react to them.”
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In 2002, that growing passion led him in New York, where he’s since established his own 19-person studioMDA, a go-to firm for high-profile gallerists in the city and beyond. The design eye behind gallery spaces for Anton Kern (newly located in a former townhouse in Midtown), Carpenters Workshop, Paul Kasmin, as well as several residences for art collectors, Dochantschi is also the prolific and well-traveled designer behind what must be a record-breaking number of art fair booths: As of this spring, the count was at a solid 81.
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