A Model of Good Taste, January 28, 2010

In recent years, the 35-year-old Meichi Peng has become the city’s go-to design virtuoso for creating model units that demand attention. Her contemporary interior architecture and designs have helped sell million-dollar condominiums at 360 Newbury Street and helped move the more modest units of 285 Columbus Lofts. Though her business also includes residential design, Peng is increasingly associated with high-end commercial work.

For the W, Peng designed the sales center, which resembles one of the building’s condominiums. She later chose finishes for the condos, such as tile and cabinets. Her schemes reflect just a hint of her Taiwanese upbringing - an ancient Buddha head there, a piece of Asian art there - but they primarily show the talents of someone who has a keen ability to create a room that is modern and chic, but doesn’t feel sterile.