Sura Malaga, founder and head of Design and Development Inc., is widely acclaimed for exciting design concepts that enable today’s important estate homes to live up to their potential.
Typically, architects and builders call on her to work with homeowners right from the blueprint stage in order to establish the design direction that will create the aura of quality and luxury one would expect to find behind such imposing facades.
Malaga explains that it makes aesthetic and economic sense for the designer to be part of the earliest planning processes because architectural elements and surface materials, including floors, columns, moldings, and cabinetry, are part of a home’s structure.
“These are the elements that establish a home’s character,” she says. “They set the ‘stage’ for the clients’ personal style, and I consider it my job to help define that style and translate it into actual interiors. However, design is a total discipline. It isn’t just free-form creativity. I see myself as an over-all planner, fully competent to handle anything from aesthetics to technical aspects, and that’s the reason I’m often called upon to put together the best possible design-build group to make a client’s dream house a reality.”
Recently featured in Home & Garden’s Top Ten Master Builders Suites as well as in a book published from Joan Kohn of HGTV, Sura Malaga’s transformations of estate homes and her innovative custom furnishings have been the subject of articles in several national publications including Art & Antiques, Contemporary Stone Design, Design Times, and Interior Design Magazine. Her publication in Interior Design magazine depicts her Gold Award of Excellence for Residential Project and Silver Award for Excellence in Kitchen Design from the American Society of Interior Designers. Other publications are Design New Jersey, New Jersey Monthly, Star Ledger, The Record, and Elegance by Design, Country Accents, Press-Enterprise, Design-Build Business, Surgical Services Management and Stone World. Her work was also published in Custom Designed Interiors (a book about professional designers around the country).
Commercial design work, including “state of the art” medical facilities, corporate headquarters and top restaurants, is also earning Malaga and her design team kudos. Projects such as Middletown Medical Health Center, a 15,000 sq. ft. state of the art medical facility and some of New Jersey’s most admired restaurants offer vivid proof that skillful design can help commercial and institutional clients meet their marketing objectives.
Malaga, whose education includes Rider College, Parsons School of Design, and the Fashion Institute of Technology, is president of SRM Design Group Ltd. headquartered in Holmdel, NJ. She received the prestigious Gold and Bronze Awards for Excellence from the NJ Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers in the residential over 5,000 square feet category for 2001 and 2002. She was honored with the Annual Building Award for excellence in Interior Design and Community Progress from the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce for the medical offices at Staten Island Cardiology.