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As might be expected from the creator of more than 400 boutiques for Gucci, New York’s Soho Grand Hotel, and swank furniture for Baker, Sofield crafts spaces that are almost decadent in their interplay of materials, history, and mood. The Princeton-trained architect-designer has a luxurious, worldly aesthetic that spans from rigorous haute-industrial allure to theatrical pan-Asian refinement. Though he considers himself a modernist, his work often nods to 1930s Hollywood glamour and features hand-wrought finishes and custom pieces that celebrate the artisan.

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A leading member of the Los Angeles design community, Madeline Stuart’s wide-ranging clientele comes from the entertainment industry and the world of business and finance. Her projects reflect a collaborative relationship between architecture and furniture, function and form, client and designer. The firm recently completed a four-year project that involved a comprehensive restoration and redesign of a historic property in La Jolla, California.

Though the styles of his rooms range from sumptuously lush to strictly tailored, Bilhuber consistently offers an all-American take on classic decorating, one that emphasizes crisp execution, commonsense comforts, and brisk organization—which explains why he’s considered the Billy Baldwin of the 21st century. Clients include Anna Wintour of Vogue and David Bowie. He’s the author of Jeffrey Bilhuber’s Design Basics (Rizzoli, 2003) and Defining Luxury (Rizzoli, 2008).

Echoes of history and strong doses of glamour are the Atlanta-based decorator’s stock-in-trade—though she has an appreciation for funky mod Italian furniture as well. Her specialty is rooms that broadcast Euro chic crossed with Southern charm and ease, where gilt-wood antiques are energized by contemporary art and concentrated bursts of sharp color. She is the author of Suzanne Kasler: Inspired Interiors (Rizzoli, 2009).

The Milan-based duo of Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini, otherwise known as Studio Peregalli, specializes in baronial rooms that are steeped in history without being tied to any particular period. They fashion dramatic spaces that interpret the past without living in it, working with salvaged fragments and highly skilled artisans. The firm’s American projects include a Manhattan apartment for style arbiter Hamish Bowles, and a Gramercy Park townhouse for artists Rachel Feinstein and John Currin.

A world-renowned interior designer, Vicente Wolf has been a leader in the Manhattan design industry for over 35 years. From the spacious light-filled loft in New York City where his company is headquartered, Wolf and his team build on his passion for design that’s guided by integrity and simplicity. Wolf has published four design books, including this year’s “The Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired By Earth, Water, Air and Fire.” His portfolio includes the MGM hotel in Las Vegas and the Wynn Hotel in Macau, China.

Known for restrained and refined rooms with cerebral atmospheres and strong architectural foundations, Hagan merges traditional aesthetics with the requirements of modern living. Her crisp, uncluttered designs are not only visually appealing, her many clients—who include Revlon chairman Ron Perelman and comedian Conan O’Brien—find them supremely peaceful. Her first book, Victoria Hagan: Interior Portraits, will be published by Rizzoli in October 2010.

Most of his designs have become cult objects, and his hotels are timeless icons that have added a new dimension to the global cityscape. An enthusiastic advocate of sustainability, this visionary recently developed the revolutionary concept of “democratic ecology” by creating affordable wind turbines for the home, soon to be followed by innovative wooden prefabricated ecological houses and solar boats. He himself lives, with his wife Jasmine, mostly on an airplane, and in Paris, Burano, and on his oyster farm in the southwest of France.

A decorator to the stars—actress Elizabeth Taylor, producer Brett Ratner, and music impresario Russell Simmons among them—Los Angeles–based Fernandez traffics in a well-traveled, laid-back, and inviting style; a kind of low-key luxury that’s not flashy but is immediately recognizable to the cognoscenti. Among his favorite elements are gutsy furnishings, beefy linen, natural woods, Windsor chairs, cowhide, woven-rush carpets, hefty braided baskets, and almost anything Danish Modern. The results are as easy as they are stylish.

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New York City–based interior designer Sara Gilbane describes her style as cheerful and comfortable design infused with color, pattern, and whimsy. Her signature is to combine antiques with a client’s prized possessions and an bright, welcoming hues.

Her watchwords: bohemian, provocative, edgy, idiosyncratic. This part-Vietnamese fashion stylist turned interior designer is famed for creating high-impact environments packed with major-league modern art and exotic hand-wrought details, from exuberant embroidered wall coverings, to funky built-ins lacquered to a mirror-bright sheen, to elegantly adorned matchstick blinds. She’s also known for her offbeat colors, which range from dark and dreamy to acid-bright.

Marmol Radziner (founded 1989) is a Los Angeles-based design-build practice founded and led by architects Leo Marmol, FAIA and Ron Radziner, FAIA. The firm offers a full range of design services, including architectural design, programming, master planning, historic restoration, landscape design, interior design, and furniture design. Marmol Radziner specializes in residential, restoration, multifamily, commercial, retail, hospitality, educational, and community projects.

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A Pittsburgh-born designer who moved to NYC and trained under designer Philippe Starck, Kelly Behun is known for highly bespoke creative process and her line of artistic, thoughtful furniture pieces and home accessories.

Juggling commissions that range in style from mod dramatic to relaxed rustic, Cohler has a unique high-low aesthetic and devises exciting but livable interiors full of color and layered with art and objects. Ancien-régime antiques are as likely to be a part of the package as a 1960s Lucite table, and a neutral palette is always enlivened with bright stripes, bold patterns, or surprising graphic accents. His rooms manage to be both unexpected and supremely comfortable.

With no formal training, it was his natural artistic instinct and hobby for deconstructing furniture that gave Jeremiah Brent the skills to start his eponymous design firm. Taking on the position of assistant to A-list stylist Rachel Zoe in 2011 gave him an invaluable insight into running a luxury business and working with VIPs. From here the designer went on to build his own little black book of high-profile clients – Rachel Zoe herself and celebrity colourist Rita Hazan have commissioned Jeremiah to decorate their homes. While his firm specialises in diverse projects, from luxurious penthouses to super-chic nightclubs, his entire portfolio is unified by a steadfast exhibition of fresh interior design. It’s Brent’s mantra – “Interior design, like fashion, is art we live our lives in” – that keeps his work consistently desirable. The incorporation of the beauty and style of high fashion results in sharp, sleek interiors characterised by clean colours, gorgeous materials and subtle vintage accents.

Mario Buatta is the “Prince of Chintz” and one of America’s most iconic designers — two titles he accepts happily.

The tastemaker for the private quarters of the Obama White House, L.A.–based Smith counts Cindy Crawford and Sir Evelyn de Rothschild among the admirers of his posh-trad vocabulary of contemporary art, deluxe antiques, cozy upholstery, and romantic fabrics inspired by English chintzes and Indian cottons. His style is knockout but never over-the-top. His books Elements of Style and Houses (Rizzoli, 2005 and ’08) are must-haves.

They may be architects first and foremost but Marmol Radziner know more than a thing or two about interior design – and landscape, furniture and jewellery design for that matter. The full service firm, founded in 1989 by Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner, has created award-winning modern masterpieces in New Zealand, Arizona and California to name just a few places. With its residential projects, it aims to “design homes to absorb stories of a hundred years” focusing on the relationship between the client and the space to create a perfectly tailored environment. Materials that age well, such as concrete, wood and natural stone, are a resolute favourite with the firm as is creating fluidity between indoor and outdoor design. It also uses each project site to influence design decisions so that spaces become elegantly rooted in their surroundings.

A classically trained architecture graduate of the University of Virginia, Gambrel creates rooms that run the gamut from soigné country to high-gloss urbane. A daring colorist, he’s unafraid to use bright pinks, emerald-greens, deep grays, and cerulean blues. Pieces wrought in shimmering lacquer, tactile surfaces (supershiny or rugged matte), and conversation-starting antique and vintage furniture mingle with his own signature upholstered creations in rooms that evoke the panache of earlier eras while never ignoring the needs of modern-day life.

An influential product designer as well as a tastemaking interior decorator, O’Brien has a look that’s instantly identifiable—warmly modern rooms where furniture and accessories (some antique, some made yesterday) mingle with rare and surprising objects that could have come from a cabinet of curiosities. What’s consistent are his use of luxurious materials and quiet colors. He is the author of American Modern (Abrams, 2010).

Left: Cohler’s living room on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Kelly Wearstler is an American designer and one of the very top interior designers in the world, admired for her bold designs and amazing interior projects. She served as a judge on Bravo’s Top Design and in 2012 Rizzoli published her fourth book, Rhapsody. Under the pseudonym Kelly Gallagher, she is Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for September 1994. The New Yorker once called her “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design”.

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Brookyln-based Billy Cotton has designed for artist Cindy Sherman and Carol Bove.

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Rockwell Group is without a doubt one of the best interior design companies you can find. Based in New York, the group creates magical environments that seamlessly integrate the newest technology, traditional craftsmanship and finest design. Its diverse portfolio includes multiple hotel and restaurant interiors, the auditorium for the 2014 TED Conference and award-winning sets designs, as well as a couple of high-end residential projects.

More than anyone, Nate Berkus is the public face of contemporary design. A TV personality who designs products for Target, he’s also an accomplished and sophisticated interior designer. His own predilections tend toward neutral palettes; natural materials like leather, linen, and wicker; and objects made by hand. He is currently working on a television project with his husband Jeremiah Brent.

New York City-basd Shawn Henderson is known for his interiors that are serene as they are sophisticated. His past projects have included homes for Will Ferrell and director Tate Taylor.

With a CV that boasts renovating Christian Dior and Lanvin stores, there was no question that MR Architecture + Decor would scoop a place on our shortlist. It seems there’s nothing the 30-person New York-based studio can’t do as it specialises in everything from ground-up construction to interior architecture, design and decoration for residential and commercial capacities. Space, proportion and light are primary concerns in each of its projects, which are always tailored to perfectly suit the client’s needs. Its stand-out residential work never wavers from reaching the highest standards and rolls captivating staircases and exceptional lighting installations up with contemporary art and unique rugs. Each project is truly individual and the firm executes a sleek, sophisticated sensibility with just as much success as rustic modern luxury.

Victoria Hagan has long been respected for the intelligent integration of architecture and interior design. Her design philosophy features a refined use of materials, sophisticated color, and strong silhouettes.

A designer who is also an admired photographer and style blogger, the Cuba-born Wolf brings a focused approach to his interiors, conjuring airy, modern-minded spaces ready for their close-up. Many of the finest have a global-glam attitude, featuring blue-chip 20th-century furniture icons, a sprinkling of baroque antiques, Asian elements, and ethnographic treasures. He is the author of three books, including the forthcoming Lifting the Curtain on Design (The Monacelli Press, 2010).

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An ebullient Georgia native, Redd blends high-style history with bold colors and patterns—painted floors, exuberantly papered walls—that put a cheeky spin on tradition. Often inspired by the saucy élan of American design in the 1930s, his cocktail-ready interiors sparkle, shimmer, shine, and seduce. Redd is also creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home.

New York City-based Peter Marino is known for his commercial and retail designs as much as he is residential, and he has worked to redefine modern luxury worldwide with clients including Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari.

A creator of restrained and elegant rooms with a modern attitude, Nahem is a master at using sculptural vintage furnishings (French designers of the 1940s and George Nakashima are favorites, as are more quirky, colorful pieces by Karl Springer and Verner Panton), which he mixes with custom-made items, glittering accessories, and bold contemporary artworks. The results are dynamic and quietly dramatic rooms—highly textured spaces where history meets the future.

Rooted in Italy since 1908, Oasis creates Italian furniture with a difference. Aside from exceptional craftsmanship, high-quality raw materials and bespoke finishes, sharp, modern silhouettes are the secrets to the brand’s stunning designs.

Dirand made our top French interior designers shortlist and we couldn’t resist featuring him again for his ultra-modern designs. With a respected photographer for a father and fashion designer mother, creativity is clearly embedded in the genes. Dirand followed the family’s creative footsteps by starting his interior design firm in the late nineties and has gone on to apply his less-is-more philosophy to private residences and exotic hotels around the world, and introduce a new class of luxury retail stores by designing boutiques for brands such Rick Owens, Chloé, Givenchy and Balmain. His penchant for marble, a minimalist colour palette, maximised light and well-spaced furniture are what attributes his portfolio with a distinctly modern attitude.

Based in Washington, D.C., this cerebral former lawyer turns out cool, calm, and collected spaces that are distinctive in their masculine rigor and minimal yet evocative atmospheres. They are full of smart neutral fabrics, dark-wood furniture with soulful patinas and strong silhouettes, and restrained accessories, often set against walls painted chalk-white to heighten the poetic effect. His rooms and his furniture designs are spare without being austere. In 2008 Carter published his first decorating guide, The New Traditional (Clarkson Potter).

Internationally acclaimed French creator, designer and architect, Philippe Starck is untiring and rebellious citizen of the world, who considers it his duty to share his ethical and subversive vision of a fairer planet, creates unconventional places and objects whose purpose is to be “good” before being beautiful.

Kelly Wearstler’s global luxury lifestyle brand is marked by its distinctive designs and sophisticated soulful character. Wearstler’s signature style juxtaposes raw with refined, melds sophistication and spirited spontaneity, and brings together diverse periods of furniture. Her portfolio includes luxury hotels and grand residences from Beverly Hills to the Caribbean, and throughout the rest of the world.

Carefully edited, serenely contemporary settings that invite laid-back living are the strong suit of this East Hampton, New York–based designer. His fuss-free projects are finely tailored and warmly textured, incorporating clean-cut fabrics, strong-lined vintage, antique, and modern furniture (he has a penchant for 1950s French pieces and their straightforward silhouettes), dark metal, natural woods, and grandly scaled art with a compelling graphic presence.

Former set designer Ariel Ashe and architect Reinaldo Leandro’s NYC firm Ashe + Leandro mixes contemporary luxury and natural materials to create spaces that feel open and timeless. Past projects include work for Liev Schreiber and Seth Meyers, who is the husband of Ashe’s sister.

Since its inception in 2010, Neal Beckstedt’s studio was tipped as one to watch – and rightly so. The boutique design firm has grown from to strength to strength and now holds an extensive range of projects to its name including London townhouses and the oceanfront holiday home of fashion designer Derek Lam. “My core design aesthetic is always creating a restrained sense of luxury, resulting in a space feeling both effortless and timeless,” the designer explains. Whilst his work delivers a modern vibe, Beckstedt doesn’t forget to pay attention to functionality and comfort. “My designs balance rich textures and tailored details to create spaces that are modern, comfortable, inviting, and infused with warmth and ease.” And to add greater desire to his work, Beckstedt is an aficionado when it comes to clean colour palettes, capturing relaxed elegance with neutral schemes.

Brooklyn-raised Ellie Cullman (her family owns the famous Peter Luger steakhouse) holds an Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York School of Interior Design and founded the storied design firm known for its fashion-forward, modern look — catalogued in the design book, From Classic to Contemporary.

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A fourth-generation Californian by way of the Bay Area, Nathan Turner wrote the book on the state’s aesthetic, called I Love California, as well as a book on classic American Style. The Los Angeles-based designer counts A-list stars, including Mindy Kaling and Armie and Elizabeth Hammer, among his clients.

After opening the doors to his studio in 1995, Marcel Wanders rose to international acclaim the following year for his iconic Knotted Chair design and now the Dutch-born creative is the leader of a powerhouse of around 50 international design specialists and co-founder of successful design label Moooi. While innovative materials, techniques and pops of bold colours are constants in his design vocabulary, his work also makes references to historical styles with flamboyant details, ornate patterns and overstated sculptural features. His avant-garde vision has attracted collaborations with esteemed brands such as Swarovski, Puma and MAC, and commissions to design the world’s most luxurious hotels. Oversized bells encasing chandeliers, extravagant seating solutions and stunning wall panelling are just a few of the many unpredictable, but brilliant, features that pack his projects with his magnetic personality.

Kelly Hoppen is an English interior designer, author and proprietor of Kelly Hoppen Interiors. Kelly has a very kind career and is one of the biggest names of Interior Design worldwide.

Elegance, sophistication, and classicism are the touchstones of this Virginia-born designer and her thoroughbred style. Her livable glamour is inspired by English, European, and American traditions, channeling those iconic influences into a wide range of expressions—country-manor pretty, cozy chalet, Anglo-American suave—whose common denominators are comfort and suitability. Her new book, Charlotte Moss Decorates (Rizzoli), will be published next spring.

Trained at Sotheby’s in London, NYC-based Richard McGeehan specializes in 19th and 20th century decorative arts and calls his style “intelligent eclecticism.” In addition to many museum clients, he’s designed homes for Robert Duffy of Marc Jacobs and the official residences of a UN ambassador and the governor’s mansions for the states of New Jersey and Missouri.

Featured on the ELLE Decor and AD 100 lists of the best interior designers in the world, Jean-Louis Deniot has long been in the business of creating atmospheres. His décors are his playground, spaces where spontaneity and magic are de rigueur. Recognized worldwide for his eclectic and emblematic interiors, Jean-Louis Deniot plays in a multiplicity of repertoires, never sticking to purity of style, rather letting his academic training translate into a vocabulary that is both informal and bold. If he does contemporary, it is always with a weighty dose of history and references infused into it to produce a timeless yet timely scenario.

Trading his time between New York and San Francisco, Ken Fulk’s designs are bold, evocative, and inventive — and attract the clients to match, such as Pharrell. In the public sphere, you might have encountered his work at one of the many trendy Major Food Group bars and restaurants he’s decorated.

India Mahdavi has a lot in common with Henri Matisse. Like a fauvist, the Paris-based designer and architect uses rich, complementary colors in both her commercial and residential projects to immediately elicit a layered—mostly giddy—response from visitors. She creates worlds that are uncanny: they feel familiar, but are at the same time completely alien. Recently, she created collections for Pierre Frey and Bisazza and opened the much-feted Ladurée salon de thé in Tokyo.

Trained at the renowned Parish-Hadley Assoc., Williams is the undisputed doyenne of aristo-American decorating as well as a garden-design aficionado. For her, it’s all about classic comfort, an informed eye, and a bit of fun. In her rooms, fine European antiques meet mirrored walls and gutsy artwork. She uses intense colors and delicate patterns with equal panache. Her most recent book is Bunny Williams’ Point of View (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2007).

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Thanks to his appreciation for both ancien-régime antiques and the latest Marcel Wanders provocation—and sometimes pairing them in one space—Volpe’s interiors range from lusciously palatial homages to the past to edgy exercises in modern living. The San Francisco–based designer was strongly influenced by his years in Paris and is known for a spare sensibility that never forgoes luxury or richness, juxtaposing strong colors with refined detailing, modern works of art, and subtle doses of glamour and shine.

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Down Under is represented in our top 10 by Hare + Klein. The Australian-based firm, headed by Meryl Hare, have enjoyed an impressive 27-year lifespan to date and are still going strong. What’s the secret to its success? Creating modern interior design without a sell-by date. Sleek surfaces and subtle colourways give its projects a timeless quality and no matter how big or small a room is, each space the firm touches feels stylishly spacious and brought to life with just the right amount of luxe accessories. The multi-award winning practice doesn’t just curate modern-looking spaces but tackles its projects with a modern mindset, carefully considering the sustainability of materials. In this image from one of its residential triumphs, the firm’s talent for showing off contemporary art to its utmost potential is immediately evident.

Juan Montoya was born in Colombia and moved to New York to attend Parsons School of Design after studying architecture in Bogotá. He has enough design world accolades to fill a very chic room and is known for paying special attention to his mix of textures, volumes, shadows and scale.

Friendly, restrained, exquisitely appointed rooms have been Smyth’s forte for more than two decades. It’s all about quiet style with legs, a classically inspired but always lively mix of traditional furniture, up-to-the-minute upholstery, and luxe fabrics that run the gamut from graphic ethnic prints to Savile Row–style wools and cashmeres. His international experience has made him equally adept at Continental flair and the American vernacular; what unites his disparate rooms is subtle drama and an appreciation for quality.

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No other designer’s work can be mistaken for Wearstler’s fanciful wild-child interiors, which, in addition to private homes, include such influential hotels as the Viceroy Santa Monica and the Tides South Beach and the BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan. Brash, graphic, theatrical, and skillfully layered, her rooms blend echoes of everything from 1970s funk to ’40s Hollywood into head-spinning, high-energy chic. Her most recent book is Hue (Ammo Books, 2009).

New York and Palm Beach designer Ashley Whittaker describes her clients as “bi-coastal bachelors to Upper East Side Families and everyone in between.” Famous for her bright use of color and pattern, Whittaker describes her style as youthful, eclectic and traditional all at once.

Another must-mention maestro in the modern interior design field is 1508 London. Designers at the UK-based firm are unbounded by design dogma and view each project as unique, looking to develop a story using the history and geography of spaces for inspiration. Locations the firm has worked its modern magic on include luxurious residences in London, a five-star hotel in Venice and penthouse in Istanbul. This image from Project Elizabeth – a Victorian postal office converted into a high-impact apartment-cum-gallery – demonstrates the firm’s powerful expertise with materials. Pre-cast concrete doors on its first floor mezzanine are cleverly crafted with timber inside to make them lighter and perforated with bespoke acrylic lenses to amplify light throughout the space. Unsurprisingly, the firm won the Best London Interior Award for this project at the prestigious UK Property Awards last year and we’re certain it won’t be the last.

Sibling duo Pamela Shamshiri and Ramin Shamshiri struck out on their own from Commune to great success in 2016. Their star-studded client list includes Seth Rogan and Lauren Rogan, Anne Hathaway & Adam Shulman, and Sophia Amoroso of Girlboss. “Our look is narrative and experience driven so it’s always changing based on the place, architecture, client, and historical context.”

Left: Smyth’s living room on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Marcel Wanders is a Dutch designer that got the world’s attention in 1996 with his iconic Knotted Chair. Regarded by many as an anomaly in the design world, Marcel has made his mission to “create an environment of love, live with passion and make our most exciting dreams come true.” His work excites, provokes, and polarises, but never fails to surprise for its ingenuity, daring and singular quest to uplift the human spirit, and entertain.

A Papachristidis room is eclectic, pure, and not so simple. He is best known for cheerful, pretty, multilayered interiors inspired by the Old World, packed with colors, patterns, objects, and art that could have been assembled over generations. Some projects have been more soothing, however, such as an apartment that looks to the soigné glories of midcentury Paris. What he never neglects is a touch of glamour.

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The French-born interior designer’s eccentric glamour delights high-profile folks such as best-dressed writer Amy Fine Collins, hairstylist and entrepreneur Frédéric Fekkai, and novelist Jay McInerney. The look? Often a major mix of the grand and the contemporary: Louis XVI commodes, cutting-edge modern lighting, flamboyant tapestries, knockout works of art, custom-made furniture with an Ottoman air, and dashes of Lesage embroidery. Imagine a seraglio by way of Schiaparelli.

Bunny Williams is all about classic comfort, an informed eye, and a bit of fun. In her rooms, fine European antiques meet mirrored walls and gutsy artwork. She uses intense colors and delicate patterns with equal panache.

Los Angeles and Paris-based Timothy Corrigan knows a thing or two about European elegance given that he’s owned has owned three historic castles and penned, An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé about one’s renovation. The jet-setting decorator tends to a clientele that includes Madonna and an array of Middle Eastern royals.

Los Angeles-based Peter Dunham calls his style “sophisticated casual.” He started his design company in L.A. in 1998 after a childhood in France and college in England, and design lovers flock to his Hollywood at Home to buy his fabric and wallpaper collection. His fans and past clients include Jennifer Garner, Steve Tisch, and Drew Barrymore, with projects restoring landmark homes, like an 1963 Horace Gifford house on Fire Island.

The former Million Dollar Decorators star Kathryn M. Ireland describes her style as “California coastal meets European chic,” and the result is an elevated boho look that’s attracted clients, such as Julia Louis Dreyfus and Drew Barrymore. The Santa Monica-based designer’s charm and signature flair also shines through in her popular textiles line.

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Serenity is the overriding feeling at the sight of Deborah Oppenheimer’s exceptional designs. The South African designer mastered the art of understanding materials and communicating mood through visual means during her early career in art direction and fashion design. After adding Zurich and Switzerland to the list of countries she’s lived in, Oppenheimer launched her interiors business in Hong Kong in 1993. To this date she hasn’t stopped travelling, putting her creative spin on global locations, from New York to Phuket, where she fuses striking lighting solutions, elegant soft accessories and understated furniture. It’s Oppenheimer’s affinity for open space, symmetry and light and dark that gives her work a thoroughly modern appeal. While residential spaces are her forte, the designer has also branched out into commercial commissions, designing a luxury retail space in Hong Kong’s impressive International Finance Centre (IFC).

Funky, classic, elegant—Stuart produces them all, imbuing her work with romance, history, and a sense of expansive ease. The interiors of the L.A.–based designer can be appropriately dramatic or restrained depending on whether she’s designing a Georgian manse or a sleek contemporary beach house. Stuart has conjured an Indian-Raj paradise inside a Spanish Colonial envelope and made a Wyoming chalet ruggedly modern. Whatever their style, her rooms usually feature a compelling mix of antiques and bespoke pieces.

David Collins Studio combines imagination and creativity to develop luxury interior design and architectural projects across the globe. Established in 1985 by the late David Collins and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the studio has redefined how people live through a series of bespoke and innovate works, each of which has a definite sense of place.

Alyssa Kapito is based in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. Style: A fresh take on the classics with a great appreciation of antiques and art. Recent projects: a full restoration of a historic Hamptons estate; a family home in Beverly Hills; a beach house in Bellport Long Island and a landmarked townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

The Jewish and Irish descent designer designs are not only focused in hospitality or residential but also in stunning yachts of private clients, as well in commercial projects all around the world, including restaurants, offices and aircraft.

New York and Los Angles-based Eric Hughes clients include Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick, Andy Cohen, Katie Couric, Hank Azaria, Lauren Graham. Cohen’s Manhattan home by Hughes — who likes to create “relaxed, eclectic, elegant residences” — is pictured here.

For someone in his early 30s, Ryan Korban has made quite a name for himself. His strong point of view and a signature aesthetic—sleek, marbly interiors, geometric forms and muted color palette—is exemplified in a handful of stunning retail projects for the likes of Aquazzura, Balenciaga, and Alexander Wang. (Would calling him the successor to Peter Marino be hyperbolic? We don’t think so.) Korban is currently working on his first major residential development at 40 Bleecker, in New York City.

Peter Marino is one of the major inspirations for LUXXU’s blog! His projects are full of glamour and elegance, but always with that eccentric touch on room decoration that is one of his images. “I want to create the illusion—and the reality—of permanence.” These are not Peter Marino’s words; they belong to the late Renzo Mongiardino, one of his biggest inspirations. But Marino’s work certainly embodies this wisdom. Like the Italian illusionist, Peter Marino believes in the seamless integration of architecture and interiors and also happens to be an aesthetic polymath.

“We balance modern, machined elements with warm, textured, historical ones often weaving a story or dialogue of periods,” says Hayes of his New York-based design firm. Born in Louisiana, Hayes has curated homes for Marc Jacobs and Leonard Lauder and Evelyn Lauder and previously practiced as a landscape architect.

New York–based designer Bennett Leifer describes his style in four words: Timeless, livable, elegant and artful. He has primarily worked with private families in New York, Los Angeles, Aspen, and the Hamptons. Notable projects include model residences for 18 Gramercy Park South, Norman Foster’s 50 United Nations Plaza, and 100 Barclay.

Architecture and design are not static professions: styles evolve, technologies advance, challenges propel. With the new year coming, we decided it’s time to update our list of top 10 interior designers in the world. The following famous interior designers represent a fellowship of standard-bearers whose work is imaginative, intelligent, and inspiring. All of them you probably already know from our previous articles and project galleries.

Founded in England by three brothers, Villiers Brothers uses traditional craftsmanship to create its strikingly different furniture designs. The brand’s earliest commissions included The Royal Opera House and Liberty of London, and it now boasts a global following of discerning homeowners and designers.

A fully fledged master of luxury, Eric Kuster has turned his hand to interior design, magazines, fashion design and furniture manufacturing. It’s his ability to leave a mark of “metropolitan luxury” on spaces that has led him to be appointed to design everything from luxurious homes and hotels to must-visit nightclubs and the VIP lounge of Barcelona’s football stadium. The Kuster look is masculine and monochrome. A sense of drama and moody atmosphere is conjured in his work by his seamless integration of light and shade. Hints of opulence are attained in many of his projects as metallic tones and sheeny upholstery are balanced by furniture pieces with a raw, natural aesthetic. The designer approaches each project with the location at the forefront of his mind, painting laid-back colours in exotic private residences in keeping with the natural setting and sourcing antique chandeliers for period homes.

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A connoisseur and collector who has an eye for objects with impressive provenance, Sills has long been a top-flight talent with equally renowned clients—Vera Wang, Tina Turner, Nicolas Berggruen, the Connaught and St. Regis hotels. The look? Serene and sophisticated, history energized with a dollop of swagger. He’s also known for his subdued color palettes, rich fabrics, jaw-dropping modern art, and striking finishes, such as combed-plaster walls.

The former shelter-magazine editor is strikingly adept at merging exotic references (from Morocco, Turkey, the Middle East) with unusually patterned wallpaper and fabrics. She also creates upholstered furniture with sprightly silhouettes, such as headboards sculpted into romantic arches. The results are cheerful and worldly boho-chic spaces saturated with color, whimsy, and couture touches.

Exploring the beauty of clean lines and precious materials for the modern gent, this British furniture and accessories brand celebrates distinctive contemporary design in the form of luxury watch winders, jewellery boxes and neo-futuristic furniture.

Discover modern interior design inspiration from these stylish forward-thinkers

Although there’s something so beautifully timeless about a traditional aesthetic, there’s no rulebook when it comes to modern interior design and that’s what makes it so inspiring. A modern approach to design creates the optimum conditions for artistic licence and self-expression, providing room for experimentation and a canvas for playing with white space, sleek materials and clean lines. Swoon over our round-up of exciting modern interior designers that are not only making a powerful contemporary impact on the spaces they put their creative hand to but the entire industry as a result.

New York City-based Jeff Fields is the partner of fellow A-List designer Joe Nahem. Their past clients include Robert Downey Jr.

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