The Architectural Digest Magazine have already published a list to honor the best 100 Architects and Interior Designers. They are actually changing our world and that’s why we want to share it with you today.
1. David Adjaye
This past year interior designer David Adjaye made history with the opening of his Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
2. Aero Studios
With his old-things-made-new ethos, interior designer Thomas O’Brien has garnered a fleet of followers.
3. Agence Charles Zana
4. Agence Louis Benech
The French landscape designer deftly blends formalism and natural beauty
The interior designer, who recently created the first new garden at Versailles since the 18th century, is known for his blend of French formalism and English naturalism.
5. Alex Papachristidis Interiors
The Manhattan-based decorator is looking forward to the return of chintz.
“Fresh but classic interiors utilizing 18th-century furniture and contemporary artisan-made pieces—and I never met a color I didn’t like.” Projects: An Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan, “a wonderful Pacific Palisades house, where I’m using Anglo-Indian furniture and hand-blocked prints.”
6. Alidad Ltd.
Style: “Elegant and opulent but also supremely comfortable,” says Alidad Mahloudji. Projects: A Lisbon apartment, a Kuwait residence, a Cornwall country house. What‘s New: Studio Alidad, a decorating division “where the projects tend to be less bespoke and more contemporary.”
7. Arne Maynard Garden Design Ltd.
Style: “I like to play with the relationship between the formal and informal, the clipped and unclipped.” Philosophy: “A garden should seamlessly blend with its house, owner, and surrounding landscape.” Inspiration: Rousham House and Garden in England. The Next Big Thing: A continued emphasis on craft and traditional ways of making, using materials that are sustainable and responsibly sourced.
8. Ashe + Leandro
The New York firm is making its mark on the design world with interiors that are at once tailored and relaxed.
Philosophy: “We craft a vision for a project based on instinct, ingenuity, humor, and historical references,” say partners Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro. Projects: A Brooklyn townhouse, Dallas’s Belmont Hotel, El Rey Inn in Santa Fe. What’s New:“Working on a furniture line.” Clients: Seth Meyers, Kristen Bell. Favorite Hotel: Villa TreVille in Positano, Italy. Favorite Museum: Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City. The Next Big Thing: “Art Deco and Art Nouveau.” Key Influences: Luis Barragán, Carlo Scarpa, François Catroux, Axel Vervoordt.
9. Ben Pentreath Ltd.
The London-based designer‘s work features beautiful details and classical proportions
Style: “Beautiful details and classical proportions handled with a playful freshness.” Projects: A Baroque country house in Dorset, England; the Kensington Palace apartment of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. What’s New: Handmade lacquer furniture for the designer’s London shop, Pentreath & Hall. Inspirations: “The 18th century—and, these days especially, copies of British House & Garden from the 1960s.” Favorite Hotel: Ett Hem in Stockholm. Favorite Museum: The Shell Museum in Glandford, Norfolk. Favorite Garden: Rousham in Oxfordshire, England. Favorite Restaurant: Riverstone Kitchen in New Zealand.
10. BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)
The Danish starchitect continues to make waves.
Style: Whether punctuating cityscapes with daring towers or devising innovative public spaces, Bjarke Ingels never fails to surprise. What’s New: London’s 2016 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, floating dormitories in Copenhagen, a pyramidal “courtscraper” in Manhattan. In the Works: A refresh of the Smithsonian campus, new headquarters for Google, a stadium for the Washington Redskins.
11. Bilhuber and Associates
The American designer’s client list includes stars like Mariska Hargitay and Iman and David Bowie.
Style: “Decorating with soul—rooms that reflect personal history and family life,” says Jeffrey Bilhuber. Projects: A Manhattan penthouse, a retreat in the Texas desert. Branding:Furniture for Henredon, rugs for Elson & Co. Inspiration: The gardens at Haseley Court, by Nancy Lancaster—“a Virginia-born tastemaker who codified the English country house look.” The Next Big Thing: “Soft, human, enriching interiors that sample the very best of our past and look optimistically toward our future.” Favorite Museum: The Frick Collection, which he says is “by far the most civilized of any fine arts museums in the world.” Clients: Iman and David Bowie, Mariska Hargitay, advertising guru Trey Laird.
12. Brian J. McCarthy Inc.
Discover the New York–based designer’s work, from his Manhattan office to his polished residential designs.
Words of Wisdom: “A home should be a reflection of the client that ultimately becomes a scrapbook of his or her life.” Philosophy: “As Diana Vreeland once said, ‘Give ’em what they never knew they wanted.’” Projects: A 370-foot yacht, a Monte Carlo penthouse, an apartment on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. Clients: “If I told you, I would have to kill you.” Key Influences: “The greats, from Elsie de Wolfe to Andrea Palladio to Frank Gehry.” Inspiration: “Nothing compares to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.”
13. Carrier and Company Interiors
An understated elegance defines Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller’s work.
Style: “Timeless, tailored, refined” is how Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller describe their signature look. Projects: A Shingle Style home on Martha’s Vineyard, a farmhouse in Virginia, a family compound in Connecticut. Clients: Anna Wintour, Jessica Chastain, Annie Leibovitz.
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Hallmark: “Eclectic assemblages that work in harmony with their surroundings while paying homage to historic and international design,” according to principals Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht. Projects: A private ski club and residences in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Ace Hotel in Chicago; a vacation cottage in Kona, Hawaii.
What’s New:Fabrics, wallpaper, and rugs for Christopher Farr Cloth; lighting for Remains Lighting. Favorite Museums: MAK in Vienna, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Favorite Restaurants: Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Rosetta in Mexico City. Favorite Buildings: Fallingwater, Paris’s Maison de Verre. Inspirations: Donald Judd, Charlotte Perriand, Tony Duquette. The Next Big Thing: Design for the aging.
15. Cullman & Kravis Inc.
Discover the range of designs by the New York–based firm, from a rustic ranch to a sleek modern home.
Philosophy: Founding designer Ellie Cullman says her firm is “redefining traditional design.” Projects: Interiors of homes by Robert A.M. Stern, Oscar Shamamian, and Thomas A. Kligerman; the renovation of Holly Hill, Brooke Astor’s former Westchester, New York, estate. In the Works: Hand-knotted rugs for Crosby Street Studios. Favorite Restaurant: Peter Luger in Brooklyn, owned by her family. The Next Big Thing: A new appreciation of antiques and vintage in an effort to go green. Key Influences: Italian architect Andrea Palladio and American decorators Albert Hadley and Mark Hampton.
16. Dan Fink Studio
The designer‘s interiors make traditional style feel fresh.
Philosophy: “Form follows function—a home, no matter how beautiful, does not succeed if it’s not comfortable.” Hallmark: Exquisite settings in multitudinous styles that radiate elegance and intelligence. Projects: A residential compound in the West Indies “brought up to date with modern conveniences while maintaining and reinforcing its historic character”; a carriage house in Paris that has a “harmonious tension of old and new.” Clients: Tory Burch, Aerin Lauder, Lauren Santo Domingo, Ina Garten, Cornelia Guest, Renee and Mark Rockefeller. Favorite City: Manila. Key Influences: Louis Kahn, Tadao Ando, Billy Baldwin. Inspirations: “Traveling and reading books. Being away from home stimulates my creative juices, and reading inspires me more than looking at photographs.”
17. Daniel Romualdez Architects
Step inside the luxe spaces by architect and designer Daniel Romualdez.
Philosophy: “Classical ideas in a modern voice.” Projects: A 1920s townhouse in San Francisco, a ski chalet in New Zealand, a surf retreat in Maui. Favorite Hotel: Hotel Danieli in Venice. Favorite Museum: Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France. Key Influences: Jean-Michel Frank, Sir John Soane, Rose Cumming. The Next Big Thing:“A return to classicism.” Favorite Garden: The moss garden at Saiho-ji Temple in Kyoto. Favorite Restaurants: Le Volatire in Paris, NOPI in London.
18. Deborah Berke Partners
From a minimalist Hamptons house to a 1960s revamp, these homes showcase the architect’s ability to balance modernity with warmth.
Philosophy: Clarity, simplicity, and sensitivity to context continue to guide Berke, now dean of the Yale School of Architecture. In the Works: A community arts center in Manhattan, a house in Indianapolis, a Nashville outpost for the 21c Museum Hotels group. Key Influences: Henry Hobson Richardson, Albert Kahn, McKim, Mead & White. The Next Big Thing: “How to integrate technology into our homes. How to be smarter about energy use.” Inspirations: Smaller cities such as Providence, Rhode Island, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
19. Deborah Nevins & Associates
The New York–based landscape designer creates landscapes in harmony with their buildings.
Philosophy: “The landscape should be in harmony with the building.” Projects: Master plan and new landscape for the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, an oceanfront home in East Hampton, New York. Key Influences: Vita Sackville West, Russell Page, Jane Jacobs, Rose Tarlow, Axel Vervoordt, Pierre Chareau. The Next Big Thing: More emphasis on using native plants and organic approaches to landscape maintenance. Favorite Museum:The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Favorite Buildings: “First among all, Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa, New Caledonia, by Renzo Piano“; Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France, by Le Corbusier; Hardwick Hall in Chesterfield, England, by Robert Smythson; Box Hill on Long Island, by Stanford White; the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, by Louis Kahn. “My favorite room is the glass-and-mirrored room at Gustav III’s Pavilion at Haga Park in Stockholm.“ Favorite Garden: Sissinghurst in Cranbrook, England. Favorite Restaurant: The River Cafe in London.
20. Décoration Jacques Garcia
The Paris designer‘s work is all about atmosphere.
Philosophy: “I am, before everything, a creator of atmospheres.” Projects: Wolfgang Puck’s Cut restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, NoMad hotels in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, a rehabilitation of Monte Carlo’s Hôtel Métropole. Key Influences: Louis Le Vau, Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, Frank Gehry. Favorite Hotel: “La Mamounia in Marrakech, which I decorated.” Favorite Garden: The gardens of Château du Champ de Bataille in Sainte-Opportune-du-Bosc, France. Favorite Museum: The Louvre in Paris. Favorite Restaurant: Le Gabriel (also his decor) at La Réserve hotel in Paris. The Next Big Thing: “A return to knowledge.”
21. Diller Scofidio + Renfro
The firm behind New York’s beloved elevated park reimagines urban spaces with beauty and imagination.
Philosophy: Guided by Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro, and Benjamin Gilmartin, the increasingly prolific firm hopes with every project to “improve cities, rethink conventions, and democratize space for public use.” In the Works: Museums in Manhattan, Rio de Janeiro, and Colorado Springs. Key Influences: Stanley Kubrick, Marcel Duchamp, Le Corbusier.
22. Dimore Studio
Founders Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci create nuanced spaces that blend classic principles with contemporary styling.
Modus Operandi: “Filtering the classicism of past eras through a contemporary lens,” say Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci. Projects: A VIP apartment at Palazzo Fendi in Rome, the Pomellato shop in Milan, Hotel Saint-Marc in Paris. Favorite Hotel: Grand Hotel Plaza in Rome. Key Influences: Marc du Plantier, Osvaldo Borsani, Max Ingrand. Favorite Museum: Prada Foundation in Milan. Favorite Building: Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan. Favorite Restaurant: Latteria di San Marco in Milan.
Designers Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson on their best-kept secrets and the next big thing in decorating.
Style: “Urbane, sophisticated, sumptuous” is how designers Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson describe their look. Projects: Historic preservation of a London townhouse, an estate in Malibu, a glass house in upstate New York. Favorite City: Shanghai. “The skyline is so out of this world, it’s almost futuristic.” The Next Big Thing: “Unexpected surfaces of glass, metal, and poured resin.” Best-Kept Secrets: Ateliers Jouffre for custom upholstery and window treatments; Sabina Fay Braxton for bespoke fabrics. On My Bucket List: The Amber Room in St. Petersburg, Russia.
24. Ferguson & Shamamian Architects
Mark Ferguson and Oscar Shamamian on their new book, Hollywood clients, and upcoming projects.
Philosophy: Dynamic duo Mark Ferguson and Oscar Shamamian aim to “carry forward the best the past offers in new and appropriate ways.” Projects: Apartment renovations on Manhattan’s Park Avenue, winter retreats from Palm Beach to the Caribbean. Coming Up:A follow-up to their 2011 monograph New Traditional Architecture. Clients: Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, Hollywood power player Kevin Huvane. Regular Collaborators: Michael S. Smith, Reed and Delphine Krakoff. Key Influences: British tastemaker Sir Edwin Lutyens, “a self-taught prodigy who channeled the entire history of English architecture in his work.”
25. Francis Sultana
The interior designer tells us about his new book and which traditional decor styles are making a comeback.
Style: “Sophisticated luxury built on noble materials, quality, and craftsmanship.” Projects:An estate in rural Herefordshire, England; a Manhattan penthouse; a palazzo in Malta; a San Francisco apartment. Coming Up: A book on David Gill, slated for fall. Clients:Madonna, Annie Lennox. Favorite Hotel: The Gritti Palace in Venice. Favorite Restaurant:Loulou’s in London. Favorite Building: Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Next Big Thing: Traditional techniques such as pâte de verre, marquetry, and églomisé.
26. François Catroux
François Catroux, who designs for the likes of Princess Marie-Chantal and Prince Pavlos of Greece, tells us where to find the best gardens in the world.
Style: “Discipline, clarity, glamour.” Clients: Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Princess Marie-Chantal and Prince Pavlos of Greece. Favorite Building: I. M. Pei’s 1990 Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong. Favorite Garden:“Anything in Kyoto.” Favorite Restaurant: Nobu in Los Angeles. Favorite Cities: London and Los Angeles. The Next Big Thing: “Less decoration and more art.” Key Influences: Charles-Nicolas Ledoux, Mies van der Rohe, Renzo Piano.
27. Frank de Biasi Interiors
The New York–based talent blends whimsical elements and simple style.
Style: “Mixing the humble and the rich, the extravagant and the simple.” Projects: A Victorian townhouse in London; a villa near Toulon, France; a home in Tangier. Favorite Museum: Neue Galerie in New York. Favorite Building: Villa Kérylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France. Key Influences: Eileen Gray, Eyre de Lanux, Peter Marino. Favorite Hotel: El Minzah, Tangier. Favorite Garden: Madison Cox’s garden for Marella Agnelli at Ain Kassimou, Marrakech. Favorite Restaurant: Mercato, Shanghai.
28. G.P. Schafer Architect
Discover the work of G.P. Schafer Architect, featured on the 2014 AD100 list of the world’s best interior designers and architects.
Since Gil Schafer III opened his Manhattan practice in 2002, the architect and author of The Great American House (Rizzoli, 2012) has turned heads with his roster of historicist residences that respect, as he puts it, “the character, detail, and scale of old houses and how those qualities can impart a sense of memory and home.” Each commission is approached holistically, conceived as a unified expression of structure, style, and setting, with interior decor and landscaping typically part of the package (Schafer often collaborates with the garden-design firm Deborah Nevins & Associates). His philosophy echoes those of his idols, the American brother-and-sister tastemakers David Adler and Frances Elkins and the English prewar master Sir Edwin Lutyens, whom Schafer praises for his “seamless integration of architecture and landscape.”
29. Gachot Studios
The multidiscipline New York–based design firm blends modern minimalism with a sense of warmth.
Philosophy: “Bringing together diverse skills in interior design, real-estate development, and art direction to celebrate the possibilities of physical space,” say Christine and John Gachot. Projects: Como Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos, Georgie restaurant in Beverly Hills, Shinola Hotel in Detroit. Clients: Marc Jacobs, Tumblr founder David Karp. The Next Big Thing: “The return of America’s great tradition of innovative industrial design and manufacturing.” Favorite Hotel: Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Favorite Museum:Neue Galerie in New York. Favorite Buildings: United Nations in New York; Jean Prouve’s Maison Tropicale. Favorite Restaurant: Indochine in New York. Key Influences: Greta Grossman, Ray Eames, Donald Judd, Stanford White, Warren Platner, William Sofield.
30. Groves & Co.
Discover what the New York—based design firm is working on now—from a residential tower in New York to a Napa Valley estate.
Style: “Layered modernism infused with warmth and ease,” says Russell Groves. Projects:A residential tower at New York’s South Street Seaport, a Napa Valley estate. Clients:Michael Kors, Frédéric Fekkai. Key Influences: Eileen Gray, Mies van der Rohe, Paul Dupré-Lafon. The Next Big Thing: Color and pattern. Favorite Hotels: Château Marmont in Los Angeles, Four Seasons in Milan, Amanzoe near Porto Heli, Greece. Favorite Museum: Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Favorite Building: Rockefeller Center. Favorite Garden: The moss garden at Saiho-ji Temple in Kyoto. Favorite Restaurant: Monsieur Bleu in Paris.
31. Herzog & de Meuron
Take a closer look at some of the Swiss architecture firm’s most noteworthy projects.
Herzog de Meuron is a partnership led by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron with Senior Partners Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler and Stefan Marbach. Both established their office in Basel in 1978 and the partnership has grown over the years to an international team of about 40 Associates and 380 collaborators working on projects across Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Herzog & de Meuron have designed a wide range of projects from the small scale of a private home to the large scale of urban design. While many of their projects are highly recognized public facilities, such as their stadiums and museums, they have also completed several distinguished private projects including apartment buildings, offices, and factories. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have been awarded numerous prizes.
In the Works: Pritzker Prize winners Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (along with their three partners) are set to build Paris’s first new skyscraper in 40 years. What’s New:Two Manhattan towers, an extension to London’s Tate Modern, an exhibition space for the Vitra campus in Germany, a stadium in Bordeaux.
32. Ike Kligerman Barkley
John Ike, Thomas A. Kligerman, and Joel Barkley fill us in on their upcoming projects and more.
Style: Emotional, approachable, intellectual—these are the words John Ike, Thomas A. Kligerman, and Joel Barkley use to describe their site-sensitive projects. Hallmarks:Striking rooflines, daring dormers, and shingles galore. Projects: A residence on Puget Sound, country houses up and down the Ohio River. Clients: “We never kiss and tell.” Required Reading: The New Shingled House (The Monacelli Press), the firm’s 2015 monograph.
33. India Mahdavi
The Paris-based designer and architect creates statement-making interiors in a bevy of rainbow-bright hues.
Philosophy: “I am here to bring joy.” Projects: Coburg Bar at the Connaught in London, RED Valentino flagships in Rome and London, residences in Big Sur, East Hampton, and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France. Clients: Alber Elbaz, Maja Hoffmann. Favorite Hotel:Adrère Amellal in Siwa, Egypt. Favorite Museum: The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Favorite Restaurant: La Laiterie Sainte-Clotilde in Paris. Key Influence:Ettore Sottsass. What’s New: Appointed Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters, France. The Next Big Thing: “Whatever sharpens your five senses.”
34. Ingrao Inc.
Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper share their favorite hotels, current obsessions, and more.
Style: “Diverse, high quality, and innovative,” according to partners Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper. Projects: An estate in Georgia, the Kuwaiti embassy in Washington, D.C. Current Obsessions: Le Petit Lutétia and brasserie Thoumieux, both in Paris. The Next Big Thing: “More outdoor garden spaces in urban environments, such as London’s proposed Garden Bridge by Thomas Heatherwick.” Favorite Hotels: The Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the French Riviera, the Belmond Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy.
35. Isabel López-Quesada
The Madrid-based designer shares what she’s been working on, including a house that once belonged to Ava Gardner.
Style: “Magical homes that are sensitive to the architecture and faithful to their place.” Projects: Residences in Switzerland and the Dominican Republic, the decoration of an “absolutely amazing” Madrid house that once belonged to movie star Ava Gardner. Coming Up: “My first book.” The Next Big Thing: “Houses that are unique.” Favorite Buildings: Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France, and I.M. Pei’s Louvre Pyramid in Paris.
36. Jan Showers & Associates Inc.
The Dallas-based designer on why a mix of high and low is the next big thing in design.
Style: “Beauty, luxury, comfort.” Projects: A Cape Cod–style house on Nantucket, a compound on Hawaii’s Big Island. Branding: Fabrics, furniture, and more for Kravet; outdoor furniture for Michael Taylor Designs. Clients: British hoteliers Lauren and Jeremy King. Key Influences: David Hicks, Billy Baldwin, Frances Elkins, Mark Hampton, William Haines. The Next Big Thing: “Much like fashion—a mix of high and low.” Favorite Hotel: The Ritz Paris, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice. Favorite Museums: The Dallas Museum of Art; the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas; the Frick Collection in New York. Favorite Building: Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Favorite Restaurant: Al Veluu on Lake Como, Italy; the Kronenhalle in Zurich.
37. Jayne Design Studio Inc.
Thomas Jayne tells us his design predictions and favorite stylish spots.
Style: “Hip and cool historic rooms,” notes Thomas Jayne. Projects: A country house in England, the president’s house at Yale University. Key Influences: Albert Hadley, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Antonio Canova. Coming Up: A third book—this one, an homage to Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses. Favorite Hotel: Hotel Sacher in Vienna. Favorite Haunt: Fanelli’s Cafe in SoHo. The Next Big Thing: “Personality.”
38. Jean-Louis Deniot
Discover the work of Jean-Louis Deniot, featured on the 2017 AD100 list of the world’s best interior designers and architects.
Style: “Grand decors that are stately but cool, sexy, and atmospheric, all at the same time.” Projects: Paris’s new Nolinski hotel, homes in New Delhi, Tangier, and Bangkok. Branding: Furniture and lighting for Baker. The Next Big Thing: “High-voltage French style—think Régence chests showcased against stainless-steel walls and a backlit floor.” Favorite Restaurant: “Paris’s Caffe Stern, which has the absolute best Italian cuisine I ever tasted, even better than in Capri.” Favorite Garden: “My own 10-acre garden in Tangiers, which has century-old umbrella pines, palm trees, and roses.”
39. JP Molyneux Studio Ltd.
Juan Pablo Molyneux is known for mixing historical references to great effect.
Hallmarks: Designer Juan Pablo Molyneux is known for A-list craftsmanship, modern rigor, and jaw-dropping mash-ups of historical references. Projects: Decorating the Salon Russe at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and Paris’s Cercle de l’Union Interalliée club, renovating Vienna’s Palais Schottenring into luxury apartments. Clients: Richard L. Feigen, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Suhaim Al-Thani. The Next Big Thing: “Breaking through mediocrity!” Favorite Hotel: The Connaught in London. Favorite Museum: Oranienbaum, an imperial palace near St. Petersburg. Favorite Building: Versailles’s Grand Trianon. Favorite Restaurant: Le Duc or Derrière, both in Paris. Key Influence: Claude-Nicolas Ledoux.
40. Juan Montoya Design
The decorator creates elegant spaces with eccentric accents.
Style: Swaggering chic. Words of Wisdom: “Attention to detail and a customized use of materials are key in creating unique results.” Projects: Apartments in New York and Miami. In the Works: A furniture collection for Biasi & Co. Favorite Building: Rockefeller Center. Key Influences: “Gunnar Asplund, Louis Kahn, and Emilio Terry all inform my work.” The Next Big Thing: “More floral and botanical patterns.” What’s New: A furniture collection for Biasi Catani. Favorite Hotel: Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Favorite Museum: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Favorite Garden: Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris. Favorite Restaurant: Le Duc in Paris. Favorite City: Stockholm.
41. Kelly Wearstler
The designer is known for her vibrant taste, from bold textures to brilliant colors.
Philosophy: “I want to tell evocative design stories, adventurous and full of soul.” Projects:Proper Hotels in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Austin. Branding: Tiles for Ann Sacks, carpets for the Rug Company. Clients: Cameron Diaz, Gwen Stefani, Ben Stiller. Favorite Hotel: Nihiwatu on Sumba Island, Indonesia. Favorite Garden: Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California. Favorite Museums: Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Broad in Los Angeles. Favorite Building: Palazzo della Civiltà in Rome. Favorite Restaurant: Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Key Influences: Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass, Pierre Cardin.
42. Kemble Interiors
The mother-daugher team’s designs exude influence from their Florida hometown, used in a new way.
Style: “Colorful, clever, comfortable, and always filled with character,” say Celerie Kemble and her partner (and mother) Mimi McMakin. Projects: A Kentucky horse farm, a family camp in the Adirondacks, a carriage house in Newport, Rhode Island. Favorite Hotel:Playa Grande Beach Club in the Dominican Republic. Favorite Museum: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Key Influences: Addison Mizner, Joseph Urban, Oliver Messel, Tony Duquette. What’s New: Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach Ballinger Award for historic restoration.
43. Kemble Interiors
The mother-daugher team’s designs exude influence from their Florida hometown, used in a new way.
Style: “Colorful, clever, comfortable, and always filled with character,” say Celerie Kemble and her partner (and mother) Mimi McMakin. Projects: A Kentucky horse farm, a family camp in the Adirondacks, a carriage house in Newport, Rhode Island. Favorite Hotel:Playa Grande Beach Club in the Dominican Republic. Favorite Museum: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Key Influences: Addison Mizner, Joseph Urban, Oliver Messel, Tony Duquette. What’s New: Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach Ballinger Award for historic restoration.
44. Luis Laplace
The Paris-based Argentine architect employs an artist’s eye while curating rooms that are full of life.
Philosophy: “My approach to interiors mainly emanates from my architectural studies,” says Luis Laplace. Projects: A Manhattan pied-à-terre, a beach house in Minorca. Clients:Iwan and Manuela Wirth of Hauser & Wirth gallery, contemporary art collectors Mick Flick and Nicolas Cattelain. Key Influences: Adolf Loos, Clorindo Testa. The Next Big Thing: “Rigor, harmony, and simplicity.” Favorite Hotel: The Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires. Favorite Building: The 1992 Biblioteca Nacional de la República Argentina in Buenos Aires, designed by Testa, Francisco Bullrich, and Alicia Cazzaniga. Favorite Restaurant: Kronenhalle in Zurich.
45. Leroy Street Studio
Discover the work of Leroy Street Studio—from a Woods Hole, Massachusetts, home to an East Hampton, New York, getaway.
Style: Marc Turkel, Morgan Hare, and Shawn Watts design buildings that are, in their words, “intelligent, responsible, inquisitive, and enduring.” In the Works: Hester Street Collaborative, the studio’s sister nonprofit, is leading New York City’s first comprehensive cultural plan. The Next Big Thing: “A return to design basics—understated, thoughtfully crafted architecture. Our responsibilities to the environment. Conceiving and executing sustainable buildings must emerge as a dominant focus in the profession.” Key Influences:Roberto Burle Marx, Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, Isamu Noguchi.
46. Lorenzo Castillo
Discover the Spanish designer’s work, including hotels in Paris and Madrid.
Philosophy: “Classic intellectual style with a modern spirit.” Projects: Summer houses in Barcelona and Biarritz, France; hotels in Madrid and Paris; a townhouse in London. Favorite Hotel: Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy. Favorite Museum: The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Favorite Garden: The gardens of Bomarzo, Italy. Key Influences: Geoffrey Bennison, Henri Samuel, Albert Hadley, Robert Kime. Inspiration:“Madrid always—for its sheltering skies and world-class architecture.” Dying to Visit:Casa de Serralves, an Art Deco villa in Porto, Portugal.
47. M (Group)
The New York firm knows how to create a home that makes you stop and stare.
Philosophy: Principals Hermes Mallea and Carey Maloney aim to create “elegant and thoughtful homes.” Projects: The restoration of a 19th-century Hudson Valley house, a vacation home in Mexico. The Next Big Thing: “A rediscovery of Baroque and Rococo decor.” Favorite Garden: Geoffrey Bawa’s Lunuganga garden in Sri Lanka. Favorite Building: The New York Public Library.
48. Mark Cunningham Inc.
Discover the work of Mark Cunningham Inc., from a charming Martha’s Vineyard summer home to a 1930s Georgian mansion on Long Island.
Philosophy: “Take each project for what it is and who it’s for.” Projects: An estate in Massachusetts, a superyacht, a Manhattan duplex. Clients: Sir Evelyn and Lady de Rothschild, Francisco Costa. Favorite Hotel: Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah. Favorite Museum: The Cy Twombly Gallery at the Menil Collection in Houston. Favorite City:Copenhagen. Key Influences: Louis Kahn, William Wurster, David Adler, Frances Elkins, Billy Baldwin. Favorite Building: Seagram Building, New York. Favorite Garden: Desert Garden at the Huntington, San Marino, California.
49. Mark Hampton LLC
Discover the work of the legendary firm, from Alexa Hampton’s own New York City residence to a chic apartment in Manhattan’s Pierre hotel.
Philosophy: “Eclectic design that is as logical as it is unique,” says principal Alexa Hampton. Projects: Homes from the South of France to Skaneateles, New York. What’s New: As creative director for ATGStores, Hampton just launched “a big, beautiful website with e-commerce.” Favorite Garden: Il Labirinto at Villa Pisani in Stra, Italy, “because I love mazes and puzzles.” The Next Big Thing: “Pattern!” Favorite Museum: Sir John Soane’s Museum in London and the new Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence. Favorite Building: The Pantheon in Rome. Favorite Restaurant: La Table de Joël Robuchon in Paris. Favorite City: Florence, Italy. Key Influences: Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Michaelangelo, Mark Hampton, Carlos de Bestegui, Emilio Terry, David Hicks, Madeleine Castaing, Renzo Mongiardino, Bill Blass, Givenchy.
50. Markham Roberts Inc.
Designer Markham Roberts on his favorite hotel in Italy and why you should visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Philosophy: “To give clients rooms that are reflective of the way they want to live, rather than imposing a style on them.” Projects: A Shingle Style house in Southampton, New York; a 19th-century barn in the Hudson Valley; a neo-Regency estate in Los Angeles; a dewaniya (reception area) for a villa on the Red Sea. Favorite City: “London always puts me in a good mood!” Key Influences: “Architects who understand the importance of decorating—like David Adler, Harrie T. Lindeberg, or Gil Schafer, working today.” Favorite Hotel: The Villa San Michele in the hills of Fiesole above Florence. Favorite Museum: The Indianapolis Museum of Art, which includes the superb Miller House in Columbus, Indiana. Favorite Building: My Second Empire–style house in the Hudson Valley. Favorite Garden: The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Favorite Restaurant: Indochine in New York.
51. Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design
The California designer tells us about his star-studded client list and the key to modern luxury.
Words of Wisdom: “Modern luxury is comfort.” Projects: The Raleigh hotel in Miami Beach, the Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara. What’s New: MLB Atelier store in L.A., a stationery and paper-goods collection. Clients: Kendall Jenner, Ellen Pompeo, Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, Alessandra Ambrosio. Key Influences: Renzo Mongiardino, David Hicks, Dorothy Draper.
52. Michael Maltzan Architecture
See how the Los Angeles–based firm is making an impact.
What’s New: Maltzan continues to help revitalize his hometown of L.A., where he’s already transformed vacant land into a thriving mixed-use development and devised celebrated housing for the homeless. In the Works: A new viaduct in the city’s downtown. The Next Big Thing: Using infrastructure to create “a more integrated and connected urban life.”
53. Michael S. Smith Inc.
The decorator, who most recently designed the private quarters at the White House, answers our AD100 questionnaire.
Style: “Pure classical design traditions with unexpected elements.” Projects: The lobby and restaurant of the Lowell hotel in New York, a cliffside villa in Ibiza, the private quarters at the White House. What’s New: Three outdoor furniture collections for Brown Jordan. Recent Honor: Recipient of the 2016 Sorolla Medal for the promotion of the Spanish arts. The Next Big Thing: Rooms with unseen design elements such as oxygenated or purified/humidified air and soundproofing.
54. Miles Redd
The designer tells us who inspires him most.
Words of Wisdom: “Good design elicits desire. You have to want it.” Projects: A family retreat in the Bahamas, a townhouse in Brooklyn. Clients: “I help Mrs. Annette de la Renta refurbish things from time to time, but really she is the one teaching me.” Favorite Restaurant: “Basta Pasta. Don’t judge the name—it’s the best Italian food in New York City!” Key Influences: French interior designer Stephane Boudin, Italian legend Renzo Mongiardino, and American icons Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, and John Rosselli.
55. Miranda Brooks Landscape Design
The designer and Vogue contributor has conceptualized gardens for the likes of Anna Wintour and Ronald Perelman.
Philosophy: “To work with the land and nature with a deep understanding of and sympathy to its character; to connect the architecture to the natural world; to create a strong sense of place.” Projects: Private gardens for Anna Wintour, Amalia Dayan and Adam Lindemann, and Ron Perelman; London’s Chiltern Firehouse hotel and restaurant for André Balazs. Favorite Gardens: Shisen-do in Kyoto, Rousham in Oxfordshire, England. Favorite Hotel: A secret onsen (hot spring) in the north of Japan. Favorite Museums: The Noguchi Museum and Neue Galerie, both in New York; the Benaki Museum in Athens. Favorite Building: The Flint House in Buckinghamshire, England, by Skene Catling de la Peña. The Next Big Thing: “Authenticity.”
56. Muriel Brandolini
The decorator mixes bright contemporary and vintage furnishings.
Philosophy: “Keeping open eyes and an open mind. A constant state of discovery.” Hallmark: Lyrical spaces that brim with color and texture—not to mention worldly charisma. Projects: A penthouse in Manhattan, a house in Southampton, New York. Favorite Garden: “Anything by Russell Page.” Key Influences: Renzo Mongiardino, Jean-Michel Frank, Madeleine Castaing. Favorite Restaurant:La Grenouille in Manhattan.
57. Nicky Haslam Studio Ltd.
See the work of this London-based firm both Stateside and abroad.
Philosophy: “Design is more to do with an intuitive eye and an inherent reaction to what looks right or wrong.” Projects: “A tumbledown tower in the Welsh Borders, a filigree-wood boathouse on Austria’s Wörthersee.” What’s New: A color collection for Paint the Town Green. Coming Up: A fifth design book. Key Influences: Richard Mique, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Claude-Nicolas Ledoux. The Next Big Thing: “The return of glazed chintzes.” Favorite Hotel: Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires. Favorite Building: The Badenburg in the Nymphenburg Palace Park in Munich—“a lesson in how to design an indoor swimming pool.”
58. Olson Kundig
The Seattle-based architecture firm infuses a rugged-meets-refined aesthetic with a laid-back Pacific Northwest spirit.
Philosophy: “Architecture is about context—cultural or natural,” says Tom Kundig. Jim Olson adds: “I see landscape, architecture, interiors, and art as one harmonious environment. Indoors and outdoors should flow together.” In the Works: Denver’s Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, a vineyard in Canada. The Next Big Thing:Sustainability, efficiency, beauty. Key Influences: Carlo Scarpa, Pierre Chareau, Frank Lloyd Wright.
59. OMA New York
The firm’s forward-thinking creations can be found around the world, from Tokyo to Quebec City.
Words of Wisdom: “Beauty is discovered through the interrogation of possibility,” says Shohei Shigematsu, who, along with Jason Long, heads up OMA New York. What’s New:Buildings for Miami Beach’s Faena District, an extension to Quebec’s Musée National des Beaux-Arts, exhibition design for “Manus x Machina” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Key Influences: Rem Koolhaas, Stanley Kubrick.
60. Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd.
Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen blend traditional opulence with unexpected details.
Style: Sophisticated contemporary interiors, often with glossy surfaces, important art, and moody metallics. Projects: Seaside houses in Norway and the South of France, a penthouse in Miami. What’s New: Signature Spaces: Well-Traveled Interiors by Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen (The Vendome Press, 2016). The Next Big Thing:“Confident clients who drive bolder, stronger design.” Favorite Garden: The gardens at Château de Courances, near Paris.
61. Paul Fortune Design Studio
The Los Angeles–based talent designs with both a modern eye and a deference to the past.
Philosophy: “We pay attention to history and provenance and then make the project work in the present.” Projects: A Montecito, California, estate restoration; a Manhattan townhouse; a desert spa complex in Mexico. Clients: Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola, Charlotte Ronson. Key Influences: Cedric Gibbons, Oliver Messel, Cliff May, Paul R. Williams. Favorite Hotel: Claridge’s in London. Favorite Museum: The Victoria and Albert in London. Favorite Building: Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France. Favorite Restaurant: Le Relais Plaza in Paris.
62. Peter Pennoyer Architects
What does the New York–based architect consider required reading? Discover more.
Philosophy: “Imagination is enriched by tradition,” says Pennoyer, who uses 3-D rapid prototyping to create details and objects unique to a project. Hallmarks: Decorative ceilings, statement staircases. Regular Collaborators: Designers Jeffrey Bilhuber and Katie Ridder, Pennoyer’s wife. Required Reading: A House in the Country (The Vendome Press, 2016), about his Millbrook, New York, estate. Favorite Building: The main branch of the New York Public Library. Key Influences: Sir Christopher Wren, Sir John Soane, John Staub, Whitney Warren, Jože Plečnik.
63. Pierre Yovanovitch Architecture d’Intérieur
The Paris-based designer mixes modern and vintage details.
Modus Operandi: “I like to combine vintage masterpieces by the likes of Folke Bensow, James Mont, and Paul Dupré-Lafon with contemporary custom-made pieces.” Clients:Christian Louboutin, the Pinault family. The Next Big Thing: “I am quite sure that a table or piece of art will very soon adapt—in terms of texture, color, shape, functionality—according to your mood.” Favorite Hotel: “Switzerland’s Hotel Rosenlaui, which is steeped in history.” Favorite Building: The Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. Favorite Garden: Bois des Moutiers in Varengeville-sur-mer, France.
64. Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd./Architecture at Large
Discover work by Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd./Architecture at Large, from a minimalist-chic Manhattan residence to a dramatic and moody London home.
Philosophy: “Our work is guided by a keen historical interest and an attention to the complex movements of culture in the moment.” Projects: Renovation of Au Pont Rouge department store in St. Petersburg, Russia. Clients: Nike, Baccarat, Cartier. The Next Big Thing: Artificial intelligence. Key Influences: Gae Aulenti, Carlo Scarpa, Adolf Loos, David Adjaye.
65. Richard Keith Langham Inc.
Discover the Alabama-born, New York–based designer’s work.
Words of Wisdom: “Rooms should be comfortable, layered, and appointed with furnishings and details that acknowledge the past, albeit with a fresh and clear approach.” Projects: A Georgian townhouse in London, a McKim, Mead & White house in Greenwich, Connecticut (“that I first decorated 20 years ago”). Clients: Blaine Trump, John Goodman. Coming Up: A book from Rizzoli, due out in October. The Next Big Thing: A move toward more personalized and colorful interiors; patterns and color combinations that add real personality. Favorite Hotel: Hotel d’ Inghilterra in Rome. Favorite Museum: The Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Key Influences: William Lawrence Bottomley, Mott B. Schmidt, John Fowler, John Stefanidis, Mark Hampton.
66 Richard Mishaan Design
Discover the vibrant work of the Colombian-born, New York–based designer in his very own spaces.
Style: Super-spirited interiors that often blend iconic furniture, punchy patterns, and powerhouse art. Projects: A hotel in Colombia, residences in the Dominican Republic, Florida, and New York. In the Works: Lighting for Arteriors, a book about Colombian crafts, artworks for Soicher Marin. Clients: Patricia Duff, John McEnroe. Inspirations:Museums and art shows. Key Influences: Syrie Maugham, Carlos de Beistegui, Tony Duquette. Favorite Hotel: The Royal Mansour Marrakech. Favorite Museum: Pavlovsk Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Favorite Building: Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion in Spain. The Next Big Thing: “The return of classical furnishings with contemporary art.”
67. Robert Couturier Inc.
The New York–based talent translates detailed visions into masterful interiors.
Hallmark: Impossibly sophisticated, often color-drenched fantasias, whether period, modern, or contemporary. Projects: “An old Astor house in Rhinebeck, New York; a couple of homes in the Hamptons; and a palace in Azerbaijan.” Clients: Amy Fine Collins, Andrew Solomon, Frédéric Fekkai. The Next Big Thing: “The tendency seems to be heading toward personalization of interiors, which I applaud!” Favorite Building: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth by Tadao Ando. Favorite Garden: Italy’s Garden of Bomarzo. Favorite Restaurant: Le Grenouille in Manhattan.
68. Robert Kime Design
The London designer demonstrates skill in heavily patterned and detailed decor.
Style: The antiques dealer turned decorator—by Royal Appointment to the Prince of Wales, no less—is a master of creating rooms that seem to have existed forever. Hallmark:The classic lived-in English look, with dashes of exoticism from his signature mix of textiles from around the world. Projects: A country estate; a boutique hotel in Norfolk, England; a London pied-à-terre. What’s New: Additions to his lines of coveted fabrics and wallpapers. Favorite Museum: Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, England. Favorite Garden:Rousham, Oxfordshire, England. Favorite City: Siena.
69. Rockwell Group
The architecture and interior design firm led by David Rockwell makes an enormous impact on these New York City residences.
Philosophy: David Rockwell, along with partner Shawn Sullivan, “brings a breadth of ideas to every assignment with the ambition to create something new.” Projects: New homes for Union Square Cafe and Nobu in New York. Clients: Robert De Niro, Danny Meyer. What’s New: A Tony Award for scenic design for She Loves Me. Favorite Hotel:Singita Sweni Lodge in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Favorite Restaurants: Estancia 460 in New York, Bagutta in Milan. The Next Big Thing: Flexible buildings and spaces that can transform and adapt.
70. Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors
See stunning work from designers Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer from Brooklyn to Chicago.
Philosophy: “We believe that the story of a space is as fundamental as the design and the objects that go into it,” remark Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, partners in work and life. Projects: Ace Hotel in New Orleans, Le Coucou restaurant in New York, Greydon House hotel in Nantucket. What’s New: Roman and Williams Guild NY, the couple’s first retail-shop-cum-café, debuts later this year. Key Influences: Bernard Maybeck, H. P. Berlage, Eliel Saarinen. Favorite Hotel: Kasbah du Toubkal, Marrakech. Favorite Museum:Le Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris. Favorite Building: National Museum of Natural History, Paris.
71. Rose Uniacke Studio Ltd.
Discover the work of Britain’s designer of the moment.
Philosophy: “A room is not a museum of furniture. It should feel welcoming and human, calm and contemplative.” Projects: Two houses in the South of France, “one a contemporary, new build, the other more classical.” What’s New: “I’ve just launched three chairs as part of my RU Editions, a collection of simple designs.” Favorite Buildings: “My favorites change all the time, but my favorite museums are Neue Galerie in New York City and the Victoria and Albert in London, and my favorite building is Renzo Piano’s Hermès building in Tokyo.”
72. Ryan Korban
The New York–based designer is known for his bold colors, sleek surfaces, and anything-goes aesthetic.
Philosophy: “We are dedicated to pushing our practice into the future. We work to reinvent our industry.” Projects: Balenciaga flagships in New York. Clients: Alexander Wang, James Franco, Kanye West. Favorite Hotel: Four Seasons in Florence. Favorite Garden: Kensington Gardens in London. Favorite Restaurant: Eleven Madison Park in New York. Favorite Museum: The British Museum in London. Favorite Building:Buckingham Palace in London. Key Influence: Jean-Michel Frank. What’s Next: A second monograph with Rizzoli.
73. The Roger Thomas Collection
The designer leaves his mark on both commercial spaces and residences.
Philosophy: “To create drama, humor, surprise, mystery, and intrigue, all with ultimate comfort and elegance.” Projects: The Wynn Palace Cotai resort in Macao, a 300-foot yacht, new restaurants at Wynn Las Vegas. Branding: Wall coverings for Koroseal, accessories for Sicis, tables for Quintus, fittings for Speakman, passementerie for Samuel & Sons, lighting for Boyd Lighting. Key Influences: “Jean-Michel Frank for simplicity, Eugène Printz for silhouette, and Henri Matisse for color.” Favorite Building: “I’m an architecture junkie—it’s the reason I travel. I recently visited Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris for the first time and still have Renzo Piano’s Beyeler museum in Switzerland on my list, as well as Munich as a whole city.”
74. Thad Hayes Inc.
The New York designer shares some of his favorite places around the world.
Style: “Tailored interiors infused with knowledge of the decorative arts, fine arts, and architecture.” Projects: A lake house in Louisiana, a Manhattan apartment. Clients: Marc Jacobs, Leonard Lauder. Favorite Hotel: Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence. Favorite Museum: Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City. Favorite Garden: Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto. Favorite City: Seattle. Key Influences: Ward Bennett, Joseph D’Urso, Robert Bray, Michael Schaible. Favorite Restaurant: Phil’s Oyster Bar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Favorite Building: Villa Malaparte in Capri.
75. Tino Zervudachi & Associés
The firm’s polished style is showcased in these homes in Virginia and Paris.
Style: Deluxe eclectic, spanning modernity and bohemianism with the greatest of ease. Projects: A chalet in Gstaad, a villa in Athens, a townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village. Key Influences: “My upbringing in London and holidays with my grandparents in Egypt; my grandfather had immaculate taste. Also Emilio Terry, a wonderfully erudite and cultivated designer.” Favorite Museum: The Cycladic Museum in Athens. Favorite Building: The Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto. Favorite Restaurant: Restaurant Voltaire in Paris. Favorite Hotel: “I don’t really love hotels.”
76. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Clean lines and serene spaces distinguish the work of this husband-and-wife team.
Philosophy: “We measure the value of our work by the quiet pleasure of the lives lived in our buildings.” In the Works: Obama presidential library in Chicago, an update to the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Key Influence: Louis Kahn. What‘s New: The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.
77. Tom Scheerer Inc.
The designer shares his design philosophy, major influences, and what’s coming up in his career.
Style: “Tradition, comfort, and relaxed charm—but informed by modernism.” Projects: A villa in the Stockholm archipelago, an eco-resort on Panama’s Pacific coast. Coming Up: A second book, from the Vendome Press. Key Influences: Thomas Jefferson, Elsa Peretti. The Next Big Thing: “Smaller is better.” Favorite Hotel: Studioilse’s Ett Hem in Stockholm.
78. Toshiko Mori Architect
The architect known for enriching modernist forms with a sense of poetry tells us what’s new.
Style: Enriching modernist forms with a sense of poetry, Mori crafts “nuanced spatial experiences, mutable with the season and time of day.” In the Works: A revamp of the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch, a school in Senegal. Key Influences: Architect Koji Fujii, the city of Kyoto. What‘s New: An art barn in upstate New York for gallerist Sean Kelly and his wife, Mary; the Maine Center of Contemporary Art; an island home for fashion designer Tomas Maier. The Next Big Thing: “Flexible, blurred boundaries, as our multitasking lifestyles and ideas about spatial separation redefine our spaces.”
79. Tucker & Marks Inc.
Designers Suzanne Tucker and Timothy Marks tell us about the projects they are working on now.
Philosophy: “Make it individual, make it beautiful” are words designers Suzanne Tucker and Timothy Marks live by. Projects: A villa on the San Francisco Peninsula, a ranch in Aspen, a vacation home at Yellowstone Club in Montana. Favorite Museum: “Any house museum—Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston, the Soane in London, Villa Kérylos in the South of France.” The Next Big Thing: “Color—banish the beige!” Key Influences: “Albert Hadley for his discerning eye, Sister Parish for her ability to flawlessly arrange a room, and Billy Baldwin for his elegant, American style.”
80. S.R. Gambrel Inc.
Discover the work of S.R. Gambrel Inc., featured on the 2014 AD100 list of the world’s best interior designers and architects.
Trained as an architect, Steven Gambrel has never forgotten the importance of scale, proportion, and light. Those fundamentals—learned while studying everything from Palladian villas to the soaring Turbine Hall of London’s Tate Modern—are deployed by the designer in dashing yet grounded interiors that brim with character. Signature elements include sculptural lights (he created a collection for the Urban Electric Co.), robust millwork and hardware, and bold tiles, which are balanced with refined touches such as silver leafing, silk upholstery, and brass accents. Comfortable custom-upholstered furnishings, meanwhile, are deftly matched with uncommon vintage finds. Gambrel’s inviting rooms, highlighted in Steven Gambrel: Time and Place (Abrams, 2012), make you want to sink into your surroundings.
81. Sawyer | Berson
Discover the work of Brian Sawyer and John Berson, from a modern Bridgehampton residence to Julianne Moore’s New York City garden.
Style: Designers Brian Sawyer and John Berson fuse traditional and modern elements in their architecture and landscape-driven designs. In the Works: A compound in Southampton, New York; a Bronx community garden. Clients: Bette Midler, Julianne Moore, Jerry Seinfeld. Inspiration: Thomas Jefferson’s vegetable garden pavilion at Monticello. Favorite Hotel: Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. Key Influences: Modernist Los Angeles architect Craig Ellwood and legendary French decorator Henri Samuel.
82. Selldorf Architects
Discover the work of Annabelle Selldorf, from a historic mansion in New Jersey to a modern Manhattan hotel.
Style: Rigor meets romance in the work of Annabelle Selldorf, who balances ambitious public projects with a busy residential practice. In the Works: New Manhattan homes for the Swiss Institute and Hauser & Wirth gallery, the expansion of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, a primary school in Zambia. Key Influences: Mies van der Rohe, Gunnar Asplund. What’s New: The conversion of industrial ruins for LUMA Arles, a contemporary art center in the South of France; the Manhattan headquarters of Steinway & Sons; the Los Angeles gallery complex Hauser Wirth & Schimmel.
83. Shawn Henderson Interior Design
Discover the work of the decorating talent, from a sophisticated New York townhouse to Will Ferrell’s stylish loft.
Style: “Whether it’s modern or traditional, I strive for sophistication, comfort, and harmony.” Projects: An Aspen ski house, a London townhouse. Clients: Will Ferrell and Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, Glenn Close. Favorite Hotel:Amangiri in Utah. Favorite Building: Church of the Light in Ibaraki, Japan. Favorite Restaurant: Dante in New York. The Next Big Thing: “More simple, traditional furniture.” Key Influences: Tadao Ando, Edward Lutyens.
Discover the work of the New York firm, from a stunning Aspen retreat to an updated home in the Hamptons.
Style: “We create spaces that solve problems,” notes firm cofounder Lee F. Mindel, whose encyclopedic knowledge of 20th-century design yields airy spaces that are both rooted in history and decidedly of the moment. Clients: Jane Lauder, Sting and Trudie Styler, Darren Star. The Next Big Thing: The shortcomings of virtual reality. “Nothing like the real thing, baby.” In the Works: The Surf Club in Miami Beach. Favorite Museum: Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.
85. Sig Bergamin Architecture & Design
Discover the eclectic work of Brazilian architect and designer Sig Bergamin.
Style: “Comfortable, eclectic, unique, and full of personality.” Projects: A London apartment with “an unusual combination of vibrant colors, lots of gold, and unexpected design choices.” Clients: Movers and shakers in sports, banking, and publishing. Favorite Hotel: Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India. Key Influences: Jean-Michel Frank, Henri Samuel, Renzo Mongiardino. Favorite Restaurant: The beloved Paris bistro L’Ami Louis. Favorite Museum: Santiago Calatrava’s Museu Do Amanhã in Rio de Janeiro. The Next Big Thing:“Ecological and sustainable, with a deep influence from nature.”
Take a closer look at 5 of the firm’s modern structures.
Words of Wisdom: “Design allows us to change reality.” So say firm founders Craig Dykers and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, who have left lasting marks from Oslo to San Francisco. In the Works: The revitalization of Manhattan’s Pennsylvania Station neighborhood and nearby Times Square, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, an update to Napa Valley’s French Laundry restaurant. Clients: Artists José Parla and Bjarne Melgaard, chef Thomas Keller, oenophile filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway. Key Influences: Louis Kahn, Marcel Breuer, Alvaro Siza, Toyo Ito.
87. Stephen Shadley Designs
Discover the designer behind the homes of Jennifer Aniston, Diane Keaton, and other Hollywood stars.
Philosophy: “Each project is a narrative—a response to the client, site, and structure.” Projects: A 1913 castle in upstate New York. Clients: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, Diane Keaton, Ryan Murphy, Woody Allen. Favorite City: Los Angeles, “because I grew up there, and it’s where they make movies!” Key Influences: Frank Lloyd Wright, Zaha Hadid, Dorothy Draper, Robert Bray. Favorite Hotel: Gritti Palace, Venice. Favorite Museum: The Whitney, New York. Favorite Building: Katsura Imperial Villa, Kyoto.
88. Stephen Sills Associates
Discover the work of Stephen Sills, from an elegant New York triplex to a chic Aspen retreat.
Philosophy: “Designing an original atmosphere tailored for creative clients and how they see themselves.” Projects: An Oliver Messel–style house in Florida, a contemporary beach retreat in Southampton, New York. Clients: Tina Turner, Wes Gordon. The Next Big Thing: “A return to living with antiquities, and more modern, multicolor rooms.” Favorite Hotel: “The Hotel Ritz Lisbon, which was decorated by Henri Samuel.” Favorite Museums:The Prado and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Favorite Building: The Pantheon in Rome. Favorite Garden: “My own, in Bedford, New York.”
89. Steven Harris Architects
Discover the New York–based architect’s work, from a minimalist beach retreat to a sleek city penthouse.
Philosophy: From penthouses to poolhouses, Harris engages his clients in “a process of constant refinement and dialogue” to create elegant spaces with distinctive character. What‘s New: Barneys New York’s Chelsea flagship, the restoration and expansion of Edward Durell Stone’s 1938 A. Conger Goodyear House, a party barn in upstate New York. The Next Big Thing: Rethinking agricultural buildings for the 21st century. Key Influences: William Wurster, Renzo Piano, Mies van der Rohe.
90. Steven Volpe Design
Discover the work of the San Francisco interior designer.
Style: “Thoughtfully modern.” Projects: Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop MRKT in San Francisco, a house in Aspen, a historic townhouse in New York’s West Village, a full-floor penthouse on Park Avenue. In the Works: More furnishings for McGuire. Favorite Hotel: Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India. Key Influences: Carlo Scarpa, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Louis Kahn. Favorite Garden: The Ryōanji rock garden in Kyoto. Favorite Building: Villa Necchi Campiglio, designed by Italian architect Piero Portaluppi, in Milan. Favorite Museums:Fondation Beyeler near Basel, Switzerland; the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.
91. Studio Gang
Explore the architecture firm’s incredible creations.
Philosophy: Jeanne Gang believes that design can “connect people socially, experientially, and intellectually.” In the Works: An addition to Manhattan’s American Museum of Natural History, towers across America, a new U.S. embassy in Brazil. Key Influences:Lina Bo Bardi, Alvar Aalto, Louis Kahn, nature. The Next Big Thing: “Adaptive reuse and resiliency of infrastructure and architecture.” What‘s New: City Hyde Park, a rental mid-rise tower in Chicago; residential commons for the University of Chicago; a permanent home for the Writers Theater in Glencoe, Illinois.
92. Studio Peregalli
Discover the work of Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli, from a historic villa near Venice to a magnificent Paris apartment.
Philosophy: For Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli, “the trick is blending nostalgia for the past with curiosity for the present.” Projects: A Manhattan apartment for Vogue’s Hamish Bowles, a penthouse in Tel Aviv. Favorite Buildings: Tempio Malatestiano cathedral in Rimini, Italy; Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. The Next Big Thing: “Bespoke interiors that avoid brands in favor of soul and quality.” Favorite Gardens: The Garden of Ninfa near Rome, Central Park in New York, the gardens of Capri. Favorite Restaurants:Caviar Kaspia in Paris, Le Grottelle in Capri, Giacomo Milano in Milan. Key Influences:“Renzo Mongiardino, Madeleine Castaing, and the classical architecture of the past.”
93. Studio Sofield Inc.
Discover the designer’s work, from an elegant residence in New York’s Carlyle hotel to a rugged Aspen retreat.
Style: “I am grounded by all forms of craft as articulated through functionality, personality, and value,” William Sofield says. Clients: Tom Ford and Richard Buckley, Brice and Helen Marden, Matthew Marks and Jack Bankowsky. Key Influences: Eileen Gray, Christopher Dresser, Gertrude Jekyll. The Next Big Thing: “Individuality and idiosyncrasy.” Favorite Hotel: “The old Hotel Okura in Tokyo.” Favorite Garden: Henriette Suhr’s Rocky Hills garden in Chappaqua, New York. Favorite Restaurant: The Four Seasons in New York City, I Valtellina in Milan. Favorite Museums: The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, Sir John Soane’s Museum in London.
Ilse Crawford is behind these luxurious interiors.
Philosophy: “It’s about designing spaces that prioritize the immeasurable values, that make the normal special and make us feel alive,” says Ilse Crawford. Projects: An Art Nouveau townhouse in Koblenz, Germany; Cathay Pacific’s airline lounges. What’s New:Leather stools for Artifort, hand-carved benches and trays for Zanat. Key Influences: “My heroes are those who put humanistic principles at the fore, from Christopher Alexander to Hans Wegner to Peter Zumthor.” Favorite Hotel: “Stockholm’s Ett Hem (full disclosure, we designed it).” Favorite Restaurant: 40 Maltby Street in London. Favorite Building: St. Mark’s Church, designed in 1960 by Sigurd Lewerentz, in Stockholm.
95. Suzanne Kasler Interiors
Discover the designer’s work, from an enchanting haven in Tennessee to her own Atlanta home.
Style: “The traditional with the contemporary, high and low, linens and velvets.” Projects:Bramble Hall event center at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, a French Colonial house near New Orleans. In the Works: Fabrics for Lee Jofa, furniture for Ballard Designs and Hickory Chair, lighting for Visual Comfort. The Next Big Thing: “Decorating that isn’t so perfect.” Favorite Museum: The Atelier Brancusi at Paris’s Centre Pompidou. Key Influences: Peter Marino, Thierry Despont.
96. Veere Grenney Associates
The designer shares his decorating philosophy, recent projects, and more.
Philosophy: “Beauty and comfort should collide.” Projects: A townhouse in London, a triplex in Tel Aviv. In the Works: Furniture and accessories for the Lacquer Co., more fabrics and wall coverings for Schumacher. Favorite Building: “Charles Cameron’s Agate Pavilion at Tsarskoye Selo, near St. Petersburg, is one of the loveliest places.” Favorite Garden: “My garden at my home, the Temple, in Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk.” Favorite Restaurant: The Wolseley in London. Favorite Museums: The Victoria and Albert Museum and Sir John Soane’s Museum, both in London; the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. The Next Big Thing: “More beauty, less cool.”
97. Victoria Hagan Interiors
The interior designer showcases the sophistication of a neutral palette.
Style: “Timeless American design.” Projects: A Colorado ranch house, an oceanfront compound in Palm Beach. Clients: Vice President Joe Biden, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, Conan O’Brien. Key Influences: Mies van der Rohe (“less turned out to be so much more”), Angelo Donghia. Favorite Hotel: Amangiri—“this resort tucked within the borders of Utah, Nevada, and Arizona is pure heaven. And no one can ever find you.”
98. Waldo‘s Designs
Discover the range of decorator Waldo Fernandez in two very different California homes.
Style: “Blending old and new to bring lasting personality to a space,” says Waldo Fernandez. Projects: A vacation home in Hawaii, a London townhouse. Clients: Tobey Maguire, Goldie Hawn, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. Current Obsession: “Jean Lurçat’s inspiring ceramics—the colors are so vivid and beautiful.” Key Influences: Oscar Niemeyer, John Lautner, Pierre Chareau, Quincy Jones. Favorite Hotel: “Before I finished my apartment in New York, I used to love staying at the NoMad Hotel. Low key, easy, great restaurant.“
99. William T. Georgis Architect
Discover these thoughtfully designed homes by William T. Georgis.
Words of Wisdom: “Inhabit the moment, acknowledge history, honor your client, and create sublime beauty.” Projects: The interiors of a new restaurant in Manhattan’s Seagram Building, private residences in California, Colorado, and Manhattan. Favorite Restaurant:Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna in Santorini. Favorite Garden: The 16th-century Giardino Giusti in Verona, Italy. Favorite City: Istanbul. Favorite Hotel: The Carlyle in New York. Key Influences: Louis Kahn, Nicholas Hawksmoor, John Vanbrugh, Mimar Sinan.
100. Wirtz International
The eminent Belgian landscape firm mixes contemporary forms and classical shapes for a modern approach to green spaces.
Philosophy: The Belgian firm of Jacques Wirtz and his sons Peter and Martin puts its faith in the expressive power of the plants themselves and strives to create gardens with year-round appeal. “A garden that is not beautiful in winter,” Wirtz has said, “is not a beautiful garden.” Projects: Urban spaces in Warsaw and Brussels, residential gardens in the Hamptons, Seattle, and Oxfordshire. Coming Up: A new book, The Wirtz Gardens, Part III. Clients: The King and Queen of Belgium, Catherine Deneuve, Valentino, Bernard Arnault. The Next Big Thing: Landscape architecture that responds to climate change. Favorite Gardens: Villa Lante and Villa Gamberaia in Italy, Vaux-le-Vicomte in France, Sissinghurst and Knightshayes Court in England, Fountain Plaza in Dallas, the Serpent Mound in Ohio, and Freeway Park in Seattle.