Trip Haenisch – Originally from the Midwest, Trip embraces the quintessential California lifestyle, particularly when it comes to connecting outdoor living with airy interiors. With clients like Courteney Cox and Hank Azaria, it is no wonder his work is profiled in publications like Elle Décor, House Beautiful, and Vogue. He established design firm Martynus-Tripp with Martyn Lawrence Bullard in 1996, and has continued his design excellence in his independent practice, Trip Haenisch & Associates.
Molly Isaksen – Her clients include Hollywood nobility like Stephen Spielberg and Dustin Hoffman. No big deal. Reflecting her timeless aesthetic, the Beverly Hills-based designer lives in traditional Colonial Williamsburg along with her husband, Jay Sures, a managing director at United Talent Agency. Molly’s inspirations include Art Deco and French designer Jean-Michel Frank.
Madeline Stuart – For the past 15 years, Madeline Stuart & Associates has favored timeless design over current trends. The style maven’s philosophy encompasses a thoughtful, deliberate and collaborative approach to decorating. Her firm has established a reputation for conscientious attention to fine architectural details, accommodating work on a wide range of projects. A self-professed lover of elevated style, Madeline prefers wearing vintage clothing to jeans and a t-shirt, even on the weekends.
Thomas O’Brien – As founder and President of Aero Studios and owner of the retail boutique Aero Ltd. on Broome Street, Thomas promotes his lifelong love for the American aesthetic. His style is both elegant and accessible, while his fashionable lifestyle brand mixes modern and traditional elements. In 2013, O’Brien followed his best-selling book, American Modern, with Aero: Beginning to Now. The industrious connoisseur also has product partnerships with Hickory Chair, Safavieh, and Target.
Miles Redd – Originally from Atlanta, Miles embarked upon an exciting career in design after graduating from New York University. With mentors like the famed John Rosselli and Bunny Williams, Miles learned from the best, and applied his own unique sense of style into the mix for a whimsical and quirky approach that is all his own. Since opening his own firm in 1998, Miles has worked as the creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home, and been featured in Elle Décor and Veranda, among other leading national shelter publications and style magazines.
Richard Hallberg – Richard has been widely recognized for his discerning eye and style. His sophisticated interiors and strong emphasis on architectural design are apparent in all his projects, which range from classical to contemporary. The L.A.-based designer also has offices in New York and Montecito. A design strategist for major corporations, Richard is also President and Design Director of two nationally acclaimed furniture companies, Dennis & Leen and Formations.
A Los Angeles home is more than just a home, especially for those involved in the entertainment business. From intimate dinner parties to blowout bashes, a gorgeous and glamorous residence serves as an all-important hub for both business and pleasure. With this in mind, it follows that the interior designers in this star-studded city are often as famous as their celebrity clients. These elite aficionados know how to create a luxurious environment where deals can be sealed and influencers can make their mark. They can easily adapt to the wide range of architecture styles boasted by L.A., making it a unique, distinguished, and highly individualized region.
Joan Behnke – Joan’s passion for decorating manifest itself by the age of five, when she designed a home for her Ken and Barbie dolls. Her devotion to design has since grown into a rewarding career, earning the respect of clients such as Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen. Although based in Los Angeles, her projects have taken her all over the map—from San Fransisco to Saudi Arabia. Her worldwide travels give her further inspiration, as well as access to uncommonly exquisite pieces of furniture and art.
Jeffrey Bilhuber – Since the creation of his firm Bilhuber & Associates 30 years ago, Jeffrey has designed for many illustrious clients, including Anna Wintour, Iman and David Bowie. From his own line, “Bilhuber Basics,” with Stark Carpet to his widely successful first publication, Jeffrey Bilhuber’s Design Basics, Jeffrey has quickly become a household name. His designs represent the best of American style—integrating time-honored tradition with modern sensibilities for a final look that is as practical as it is beautiful.
Jeff Andrews – The designer for the famous Kardashian family, Jeff’s talent is seen by millions who watch their reality television productions. A highly coveted decorator, his expanding list of diverse celebrity clients also includes Ryan Seacrest and Michael C. Hall. The native Southern Californian’s magical interiors push creative boundaries, but remain true to traditional design aesthetics. Originally a choreographer, it should be no surprise that Jeff has a well-balanced approach to decorating and an eye for beauty.
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John Barman – A much-coveted and hip New York City designer, it is no surprise that John’s client list includes the likes of Neil Simon, George Stephanopoulos and Wynton Marsalis. With an appreciation for architectural detail and fine art, his luxurious and sophisticated spaces are both approachable, elegant and boldly defined. John is consistently recognized as a giant in his field, with appearances in Architectural Digest and Esquire magazines, as well as books including City Living and Celebrity Bedrooms.
Michael S. Smith – Honored by all the top shelter publications, including Architectural Design and Elle Décor, this A-lister is one of the top talents in the design industry. Not to mention that Barack & Michelle Obama chose him to decorate the White House and makeover the Oval Office. His early days included studies at the Otis College of Art and Design and abroad, as well as a partnership with designer John Saladino in New York. The Californian returned to his roots to establish Michael S Smith, Inc. in 1990.
Matthew Patrick Smyth – After studying interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and honing his skills alongside design guru David Easton, Matthew founded his own firm in 1988. Able to work in a wide variety of styles, and maintaining a loyal client base, his clients often engage him for multiple projects. Matthew has been recognized with many awards and commendations over his 26 years of practice. He has participated in several showhouse projects, including Elle Décor’s first “Designer Visions” apartment in Tribeca, and has also branched out into product design with carpet collections, fabrics and wall-covering designs.
If you’re wondering who this all-star cast consists of, we’ve got you covered. From Malibu to Hollywood Hills and beyond, here are the 25 hottest interior designers in Los Angeles right now. Listed in random order, these tastemakers can add allure and interest to the most modest abode or palatial mansion.
Calvin Tsao & Zack McKown Tsao & McKown are exhibition designers for Beauty, the fifth installment of the Cooper Hewitt, The Smithsonian National Design Museum’s contemporary design exhibition series. Calvin is a former vice president for design excellence of the AIA New York chapter, and has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Cooper Union, Syracuse University, and at Parsons The New School for Design. Zack sits on the boards for the Design Trust for Public Space and Scenic Hudson, and helped to found desigNYC, a nonprofit that assists deserving community groups in need of design services. Both architects have been elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, and have received the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award for Interior Design.
David Phoenix – David has decorated homes for such dignitaries as the Kennedy family and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. His aesthetic combines American aristocratic traditions with West Coast laid-back luxury. With two decades of experience under his belt, his projects are featured on the covers of Architectural Digest, California Homes, and LUXE Magazine. The well-known designer was selected as an honorable appointee of the State Historical Resources Commission of California.
Peter Marino Peter’s namesake internationally acclaimed firm is based in New York City, with 160 employees and offices in Philadelphia and Southampton. He has been elevated to Fellow by the American Institute of Architects, repeatedly included in Architectural Digest’s AD100, and named a “Design Giant” year after year by Interior Design magazine. Not confined to architecture, Peter was recently named to the Business of Fashion 500 list, an index of the most important people shaping the fashion industry. He holds an architecture degree from Cornell University, and sits on the boards of the New York Foundation for Architecture, the Venetian Heritage Foundation, and the International Committee of the L’Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs.
Suzanne Rheinstein – The owner of Hollyhock, the renowned home furnishing and accessories shop, is a sought-after design talent. Her decorating advice is to “have fewer but better things,” and this approach to living well can be seen in her signature style. Born and raised in New Orleans, Suzanne combines a Southern sense of style and hospitality with East Coast sophistication and Southern California casualness. In addition to a best-selling book, At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past, Suzanne has created fabric and rug collections for Lee Jofa.
Richard Meier A Pritzker Prize and AIA Gold Medal winning architect, Richard has received the highest honors in the field. He completed his architectural training at Cornell University and established his own office in New York City in 1963. His firm’s projects have received 30 National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects, and over 50 from the New York AIA and other regional chapters. Meier’s work, which makes striking use of abstract designs and the color white, is instantly recognizable and internationally respected.
Mary McDonald – Consistently ranked as one of House Beautiful’s “Top 100 Designers,” Mary has been honored as one of the top 25 designers by Veranda Magazine. Her fearless iconic style has been featured in numerous major publications including Town & Country, The New York Times, and International Vogue. Mary is currently working on her second book, due in 2015, and her debut furniture collection with Chaddock Home is set to launch in April of this year.
Mariette Himes Gomez – When celebrated Manhattan designer Mariette isn’t creating serene and beautiful sanctuaries with her daughter, Brooke, she is doing signature furnishings for both Hickory Chair and her own store, The Shop. Mariette’s popular and original prints for Soicher Martin are another aspect of her exceptional vision and remarkable taste. A veteran of prominent firms Parish-Hadley and Edward Durell Stone, Mariette’s vast array of experience can be seen in her appreciation for architectural details and subtle color.
Juan Pablo Molyneux – Molyneux maintains studios in both New York City and in Paris, a city he fell in love with while studying at the École des Beaux-Arts and the École du Louvre. The native Chilean is truly a world citizen, creating private residences and public spaces on several continents. A faithful and devoted classicist, Molyneux appreciates and incorporates the history of architecture and interior design into his craft, often lecturing on the subject. From mountain lodges to private jets, his luxurious spaces reflect his exquisite taste and forty years of experience.
Thad Hayes – A native of Louisiana, this Baton Rouge-born designer graduated from Louisiana State University before moving to New York City to practice landscape architecture and complete his education at the Parsons School of Design. In 1985, he founded his own firm, Thad Hayes, Inc., which has attracted such notable clients as businessman Leonard Lauder and fashion designer Marc Jacobs. He has been honored by House Beautiful, Architectural Digest and profiled in numerous publications for his restrained approach.
Kelly Wearstler – Since its establishment in 1994, Kelly’s interior design firm has blossomed to include clothing, jewelry, and home collections. Described as a “branding virtuoso” by Architectural Digest, her vibrant interiors and lifestyle boutique make her a leading name in modern American design. The multi-talented author and fashionista has been featured both on the Los Angeles Times‘ bestseller list and Vogue‘s Best Dressed list. Her famous clients include the ever so stylish Gwen Stefani and Cameron Diaz.
William Sofield – Since graduating from Princeton University with a degree in architecture and urban planning, William has risen to the top of the design world. Acknowledged by Interior Design magazine as a “choreographer of his craft,” Sofield’s thoughtful approach and Modernist credo lend to his unique style sensibilities. Founding Studio Sofield in 1996, he has worked in a wide range of disciplines. He’s engaged big-name clients like Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and David Barton Gym, as well as commercial projects such as a flagship boutique for Tom Ford and The Soho Grand Hotel. Recently, the designer was honored with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design.
Alexander Gorlin After returning from the American Academy in Rome, where he won a Rome Prize in Architecture, Alexander opened his Manhattan practice. The firm’s landmark Spring Creek Affordable Housing was featured at the Museum of the City of New York’s new exhibit, “Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy.” Alexander’s award-winning work is the subject of a monograph, and he himself is the author of numerous books, as well as criticism in the The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Architecture, and received his Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture.
Tim Clarke – Tim is best known for designs that embody beach chic and coastal living, singlehandedly bringing the trend back into style. He started his career working with Michael Smith, and quickly became an expert in his own right, with an impressive clientèle including Sally Field and Ben Stiller. Tim’s signature surf and sand aesthetic are reflected in his modern, relaxed interiors. It is also reflected in the eclectic furnishings and objects at his Santa Monica retail location, Tower 20.
Katie Ridder – Katie began her career as a decorating editor for House & Garden and House Beautiful, leaving the magazine world after a time to open a retail home furnishing shop on Lexington Avenue. In 1995, the California-raised designer founded her own firm, Katie Ridder Design & Decoration. Her editorial experience gave her an eye for detail that was quickly appreciated by a growing nationwide client base and various local and national magazines including Elle Décor and New York Magazine.
Atelier AM – Shy by nature, Michael and Alexandra Misczynski keep a notoriously low profile. Which is quite a feat when you have clients like Tom Cruise, and collaborate with consummate modern architects like Richard Meier. The husband-and-wife duo met in Manhattan while working on different projects for the same client. Relocating to Michael’s hometown of Los Angeles, they founded the preeminent firm Atelier AM. The power couple is known as the choice designers for art connoisseurs.
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Molly Luetkemeyer – A Baltimore native, Luetkemeyer began her career in film, working as an assistant to director Mike Nichols. After moving to L.A., she eventually enrolled in UCLA’s design program and interned with Kelly Wearstler. She opened her own firm, M. Design Interiors, in 2001. Her work has been profiled in numerous publications including InStyle, Angeleno, The Los Angeles Times, and California Home + Design. Drawing from a variety sources from nature to fashion and vintage design books, Luetkemeyer has developed a fresh and sophisticated signature style.
Jeffrey Alan Marks – Another famous face from Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, Jeffrey has been a trendsetter in the design world for over twenty years. In addition to Malibu beach houses and London homes, the internationally acclaimed designer has created iconic commercial interiors, including The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica. He is currently at work on an exclusive fabric line for luxury brand Kravet.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard – Martyn is a household name in America and the UK, thanks primarily to his television shows Million Dollar Decorators (on Bravo TV) and Hollywood Me. Not surprisingly, the British-born designer moved to Hollywood 20 years ago to become an actor. His role in an Ed Wood film landed him the job of decorating the offices of Wood’s production company. These days, he has furniture, fabric, and fragrance lines. Fashion and jewelry product lines are in the works. His commitment has earned him the respect of such notable clientèle as Tommy Hilfiger, Elton John, and Cher.
Robert A.M. Stern Because he is one of the nation’s preeminent architects, we would be remiss not to include Stern on our list. As founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, he personally directs the design of each of the firm’s projects. Robert is also the J.M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, and has taught at Columbia University. He is the author and co-author of several books on architecture, including a new release in April 2016, and 19 books on his work have been published. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and has received the AIA New York chapter’s Medal of Honor and President’s Award, among numerous distinguished awards.
Toshiko Mori Toshiko is the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, and the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she was previously chair of the Department of Architecture. She has been awarded the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Medal of Honor from the AIA New York Chapter. In 2009, she established VisionArc, a think tank dedicated to exploring the role of design within complex social and environmental issues. She has designed institutional projects for Brown University and Syracuse University, and her work was exhibited in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s “Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006” and at the Guggenheim Museum.
It was not a simple task, as there is no shortage of incredible designers in New York City. However, after a thorough examination of everything from portfolios to recommendations by industry heavyweights, we have come up with the top 25 talented tastemakers of 2014, listed in alphabetical order. Take a look, and we’re sure you’ll agree that these interior designers have the characteristics, reputation and gift of genius necessary to be considered a shining star in their field.
Alan Wanzenberg Inspired by neighborhood architecture as a boy, and later by the evolving New York art world, Alan has been widely sought after for his craftsmanship. He is the founder and principal architect at Alan Wanzenberg Design LLC. His chief ability is to make all parts of a project coherent. This meticulous approach to architecture, interiors and product development has earned him consistent mention in Architectural Digest’s AD 100 and a national feature in The New York Times. Alan graduated from University of California Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, and later with his master’s degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Thomas Britt – Thomas Britt is an icon of the interior design industry. For over 40 years, Thomas has contributed his sense of European classicism and vibrant sense of color to the field. His worldwide travels have influenced his work, where he is particularly passionate about Indian culture. He has even designed for international royalty such as Her Highness the Raj Mata of Jaipur and Princess Priya Ransit of Thailand. Nationally, his high-profile clientele includes U.S. Ambassadors.
Deborah Berke In the summer of 2016, Deborah will become the Dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University, where she has been an adjunct professor since 1987. She will continue to direct the creative work at Deborah Berke Partners, as she has done throughout her academic career. She was the recipient of the first Berkeley-Rupp award, given by the University of California at Berkeley to a “distinguished practitioner or academic who has made a significant contribution to promoting the advancement of women in the field of architecture, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and the community.” Deborah is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and held leadership roles on the boards of many design-related organizations.
Joe Nahem – Joe is an alumnus of the Parsons School of Design, where he had the opportunity to learn from design aficionados like Joe D’Urso and John Saladino. Born and bred in New York City, he was only 22 when he founded his firm, Fox-Nahem, with late partner Tom Fox. Immediately recognized as a talented up-and-comer, his work on a New York home was featured in a full-page cover story by The New York Times. Nahem continues to receive critical acclaim thirty years later, with appearances in House Beautiful and Gotham Magazine, as well as international publications.
Consistently on the cutting edge of fashion, architecture, and design, New York City is filled with the highest ranks of tastemakers, architects, and leading designers. Setting trends that are followed all over the world, all eyes are on the work of these designers and architects.
New York City is world-renowned for it’s sophisticated style. Known to many as the design capital of the world, it excels in architecture and interior design. It’s no surprise that some of the world’s most elite designers are based in Manhattan, so we decided to highlight the city’s biggest players. After all, in every profession, there are the giants, the influential, and the movers and shakers. But how do you find the best of the best within this illustrious city?
Jane Hallworth – A respected designer you probably haven’t heard of, Jane Hallworth has been quietly creating distinctive homes for young Hollywood stars such as Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams. Her design showroom on La Cienega illustrates her distinctive style—an ability to blend rare antiques with cutting edge contemporary pieces. Known for a strong architectural foundation, the discrete designer believes in nurturing the creative instincts of her celebrated clients.
Barbara Barry – Having lived in both northern and southern parts of the state, Barbara’s inspirations come from California’s rich and varied natural environments. Her mother, an oil painter and inventor, also influences her life and work. Largely self-taught, Barbara’s confidence in her own ideas has guided her throughout a successful thirty-year career. She is internationally known for her streamlined interiors and elegant home furnishings, such as luxurious bedding for Bloomingdale’s and rich fabrics for Kravet.
Kathryn Ireland – You might know her from Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators. Or perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to visit the homes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus or Steve Martin, where her work is showcased. Either way, the England-born designer is without a doubt an influence on 21st century style. Raised in London and Scotland, Kathryn moved to Los Angeles in 1986. She worked as an actress, clothing designer, and filmmaker before launching Kathryn M. Ireland Textiles and Design in the 90’s.
Mica Ertegun – MAC II, Mica’s design firm, was founded in 1967 by herself and her late friend Chessy Rayner. Prior to starting her own company, Mica had lived in Switzerland, Paris, and Canada before moving to New York where she married Turkish businessman Ahmet Ertegun in 1960. Her aesthetic influences are as broad as her travels—from the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul to the works of decorator Billy Baldwin. Highlighted by international magazines for her residential and commercial projects, Mica is also known for her work on the boards of the New York City Ballet and the World Monuments Fund.
Kathleen and Tommy Clements – The mother-and-son team have impressed clients like Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux with their pared-down but richly layered aesthetic. Tommy joined his mother’s firm, Kathleen Clements Design, in 2006 and has since flourished as a designer. The talented duo is keeping it diverse this year, with projects as varied as a mid-century modern to the renovation of a 1930’s Georgian.
Narrowing the list down to the top 15 architects of NYC was no easy feat. A great architect looks to the future with innovative ideas and modern technology, yet respects and appreciates the history and context of the spaces they design. Each of these architects have earned their place on our list, but the city is home to many talented architects. If there is an architect that you would like to have seen on this list, let us know in the comments section.
Gil Schafer III An award-winning residential architect for more than 25 years, Gil has had work published in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, and House Beautiful, to name a few. Born into a family with an architectural legacy, he grew up with a strong sense of how a well-built, thoughtfully-designed home can bring pleasure to daily life. Gil completed undergraduate studies in Growth & Structure of Cities at Haverford College and Bryn Mawr. He subsequently earned his master’s degree from Yale School of Architecture, where he was the recipient of the H. I. Feldman Prize, Yale’s highest honor for studio work.
Thomas Kligerman Thomas is the co-founder of Ike Kligerman Barkley. For over 25 years, from Manhattan to Aspen and beyond, they have specialized in creating personalized living spaces. This firm’s focus on materials selection and working across styles and time periods has earned them numerous awards, including the AIA New York Chapter Award. Their life-enhancing designs have been featured in two books, “Ike Kligerman Barkley:Houses” and “The New York Shingled House.” Thomas earned his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, and his Master of Architecture degree from Yale School of Architecture.
Muriel Brandolini – Known for her intuitive sense of color and organic spaces, Muriel draws from her multicultural background (Vietnam, Venezuela, and France) as well as inspiration from the world around her, such as wall drawings by artist Sol LeWitt and interiors by design legend Renzo Mongiardino. Her 2011 book, The World of Muriel Brandolini, showcases her love of design and unconventional aesthetic. Winner of the HUE Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, and featured in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Architectural Digest, it is no wonder that Muriel is such an internationally sought-after decorator.
Jamie Drake – When your past projects include glamorous residential interiors for Madonna and former New York City Mayor Bloomberg, you know you have made a name for yourself. Jamie’s love of color and design manifested itself early, beginning in high school when he worked for one of New York’s leading contract design firms. For over thirty years, the prolific Jamie has been involved with every aspect of design – from furniture, to fabrics, to bathrooms and even light fixtures. His distinguished work has been published in all the top shelter magazines, and honored by Interior Design Magazine and the International Furnishings and Design Association.
Annabelle Selldorf The German native earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute and her Master of Architecture from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. In 1988, Annabelle established Selldorf Architects, and she remains the firm’s principal. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows and an academician of the National Academy Museum, and she serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and the Chinati Foundation. In 2014, she received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award.
Jamie Bush – A New Yorker who grew up in a family of notable designers and artists, Jamie studied architecture and design in New Orleans and Italy. After receiving his Masters in Architecture from Tulane University, Jamie relocated to L.A. and opened his own interior design firm in 2002. Featured in such major publications as Architectural Digest, Dwell, and the Los Angeles Times, Jamie is highly regarded for his keen understanding of architecture and design.
Who are the best architects in New York City? Here are 15 candidates. Vote for your favorite and tell us who we missed in the comments section below.
Bunny Williams – For over twenty years the highly esteemed Bunny refined her talents at the revered decorating firm, Parish-Hadley Associates, then eventually opened her own company in 1988. A gifted classicist, Bunny’s inviting interiors are due in large part to her strong focus and careful planning skills. In addition to designing for clients nationwide and abroad, her expressive and unique style can be seen in the Bunny Williams Home Collection. Along with her husband, antiques dealer John Rosselli, Bunny also owns Treillage Ltd., a New York garden furniture and ornament shop.
Victoria Hagan – Shortly after starting her career, Victoria’s emerging talent was noticed by The New York Times. In the 20 years since then, her innovative approach has been lauded in Vogue, Architectural Digest, and W magazines, to name a few. Her design philosophy features strong silhouettes and everyday inspiration, and her interiors often include polished pieces from her own furniture collection. A major force in the design community, Victoria has been awarded many honors, and frequently acts as a guest speaker nationwide.
Steven Gambrel – A mere three years after earning his degree in architecture from the University of Virginia, Steven founded S.R. Gambrel, Inc. and began attaining his well-deserved reputation as a dedicated and significant designer. Known for his inspired interiors and custom furnishings, Gambrel is both detail-oriented and in touch with the needs of a diverse group of clients. Recent accomplishments include designing The Setai showhouse for Town & Country, collaborations with the Urban Electric Company and the Lacquer Company, and publication of first book, Time and Place.
Cliff Fong – Although born in New York and raised in multiple countries around the world, Cliff calls Los Angeles home. For over two decades, he has been involved in the design community as an interior designer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. In addition to high-profile clients like Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, his work includes distinguished commercial spaces like Madison Gallery and Ink Restaurant. Most recently, he partnered to open the design emporium Galerie Half.
Rose Tarlow – The founding of R. Tarlow Antiques in 1976 galvanized Rose to design her own furniture and open Rose Tarlow Melrose House in 1979. Today, her signature pieces grace the rooms of beautiful homes throughout Los Angeles, and internationally. She has been touted by the New Yorker as a decorator who “balances emotion and intellect as well as any designer now living.” These high words of praise from architecture critic Paul Goldberger illustrate her impact on the design community. Her career also includes teaching master design classes at UCLA and the publishing of a book, The Private House.
Lee F. Mindel In 1978, Lee established Shelton, Mindel & Associates with his late partner Peter Shelton. The firm has received numerous honors, including 28 AIA awards and seven Interior Design magazine Best of Year awards, and their work has been showcased in both traveling and permanent museum exhibitions. Along with Lee, Peter has been recognized as a Dean of American Design, and been inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Peter earned his Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, and his Master of Architecture from Harvard University.
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William T. Georgis Prior to establishing his own firm in 1992, William was an associate architect at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, where he designed the winning entry, and supervised to completion, the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, Massachusetts. His work has been exhibited at the National Academy of Design and Columbia University, and included in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Denver Art Museum. In 2013, a monograph of his work, “Make It Fabulous: The Architecture and Designs of William T. Georgis” was published. William graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts, and Princeton University with a Master of Architecture.
Tony Ingrao – Described as a “chameleon” by House & Garden, Ingrao’s interiors are as stylistically diverse as they are dynamic. Partner Randy Kemper and architect Bryan Brown help head up the high-profile firm, Ingrao, Inc., which caters to radio celebrity Howard Stern and business leader Jack Welch. An alumnus of Drew University and Rhode Island School of Design, Ingrao’s design interests range from homes to gardens, and has even ventured into the art world with the opening of his gallery, Ingrao Antiques & Fine Arts.
Robert Couturier – The Parisian-cum-New Yorker studied classical design at the acclaimed École Camondo, yet undoubtedly adds his own adventurous and witty style to the mix. Launched into fame with the commission of re-conceiving tycoon Sir James Goldsmith’s grandiose 20,000-acre estate on Mexico’s Costa Alegre in 1987, Couturier continues to remain an international force in design and architecture. Although based in Manhattan, true to his nature, Robert’s latest luxury project is a 100,000 square foot palace in Azerbaijan.
Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Tod and Billie’s architectural practice focuses on work for institutions: schools, museums, and not-for-profits. They believe that architecture is the coming together of art and use, and measure the value of their work by the quiet pleasure of the lives lived in their buildings. The husband and wife team have been awarded highly prestigious awards every year since co-founding their practice in 1986. Most recently, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects was awarded the AIA Architecture Firm Award, and both architects were honored with a National Medal of Arts, presented by Barack Obama.
Steven Harris The Northern Florida native is the founding principal of Steven Harris Architects, who has completed diverse, AIA award-winning projects that range from a Manhattan townhouse to a Queens bowling alley and pool hall. He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Yale, where he has been a professor of architecture for the past 25 years. He received his own architectural education at New College, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Princeton University. Harris has been inducted into the Interior Hall of Fame, and his work is regularly featured in a variety of international publications and books.
Richard Keith Langham – Hailing from the small town of Brewton, Alabama, designer Langham has long been a noteworthy name in the big city. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Richard also studied in London and earned his stripes at Mark Hampton, Inc. and Irvine and Fleming, Inc. before starting his own design firm. Since then, the dexterous maven has worked with a wide variety of distinguished clients, from Jacqueline Kennedy to actress Hilary Swank. His passion for decorating also extends to party décor, including design for the black and white ball for the Bruce Museum, and his own line of custom-made Indian Dhurries.
Timothy Corrigan – Before venturing into design in 1998, Timothy had a successful advertising career. We’re glad he made the switch. Architectural Digest has promoted Timothy as “Today’s Tastemaker,” and his talent is exhibited in extraordinary properties throughout the world. His offices in Los Angeles and Paris cater to Hollywood celebrities and Middle Eastern royalty. In March of this year, he received the “Star of Design” award from the Pacific Design Center. In addition to product lines with Patterson, Flynn & Martyn and Royal Limoges, he has an upcoming line of bath fixtures for THG Paris.
Stephen Sills – For 25 years, Stephen was one-half of the design duo that made up Sills Hunniford Associates. Parting ways with James Huniford in 2008, Sills formed Stephen Sills Associates and continues the design work that attracted high-profile clients such as Vera Wang, Anna Wintour and Tina Turner. He approaches each project with consideration for the architecture and history of the space, adding to his client’s vision with his personal flair for color and texture. In addition to magazine features, his work has been showcased on Dominic Bradbury’s “American Designers at Home” and HGTV’s “Top 10 Most Beautiful Homes.”
Vicente Wolf – From the light-filled headquarters of Vicente Wolf Associates in New York, to the Luxe Hotel in Beverly Hills, to a Swedish residence for multi-millionaire George David, the tenacious designer has enlivened spaces all across the map for the last four decades and is still going strong. Vicente’s creativity extends beyond interiors into furniture design, photography, art collection and world travel. Offering a global aesthetic, he not only completes projects in France and Japan, but also teaches an annual course in the Dominican Republic through Parsons School of Design. The iconic designer was even featured in Absolut Vodka’s “Absolute Design” campaign, for which he created the “Absolut Wolf” chair.
Thierry Despont – A French national, Thierry is educated at both the distinguished École des Beaux-Arts of Paris, and Harvard University. Specializing in unique, high-end residential projects and historical renovations, this architect, designer, and artist boasts an exclusive clientele in both America and Europe. Some of his most preeminent projects include the Decorative Arts Galleries of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Ralph Lauren flagship store on Bond Street and the Carlyle Hotel. A member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, Thierry is a prominent and esteemed player in the world of design.
Charlotte Moss – Starting out on Wall Street provided Charlotte with the necessary aptitude to keep up with an ever-changing climate, and allow her to stay in touch and relevant after twenty-five years of decorating. A prolific writer as well as a designer, Charlotte has written eight books, including the recently published A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages, and Inspirations, and is a contributing editor for The Wall Street Journal. She also defines herself through philanthropy, serving on the boards of multiple non-profit foundations.
Waldo Fernandez – The Cuban native made himself home in New York before relocating to Los Angeles and enrolling in UCLA to study design and architecture. He started out as a set designer for Walter Scott, but it was his furniture commissions that earned him his early reputation. After designing for film director John Schlessinger, his work caught the attention of a plethora of celebrity clients, including Elizabeth Taylor. Waldo’s Design has been a fixture on Almont Drive for over 28 years.