Architecture and design are not static fields. In fact, styles evolve, technologies move forward and challenges are propelled. With the new year just around the corner, we’ve decided that it’s time to update our list of the 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.
The New Yorker has dubbed her as “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design,” but Kelly Wearstler is more of a rock star than a matronly personage. Author, blogger, outré fashion plate, branding virtuoso (from sheets to jewelry), decorator and muse of the Viceroy and Tides hotels — Wearstler cuts a profile as colorful as those of her clients (Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, among others) and is an interior designer to look out for.
Featured on the ELLE Decor and AD’s 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, this interior design plays in a multiplicity of repertoires, never sticking to the purity of a style, rather letting his academic training translate into a vocabulary that is both informal and bold. If he works on a contemporary project, it is always with a weighty dose of history and references infused into it to produce a timely yet timeless scenario.
“I want to create the illusion—and the reality—of continuity.” These are not Peter Marino’s words; they belong to the late Renzo Mongiardino, one of his biggest inspirations, and 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.
DAVID COLLINS STUDIO
David Collins Studio brings imagination and creativity together in order to develop luxurious interior design and architectural projects across the globe. Established in 1985, the studio has redefined how people live through a series of bespoke and innovative works, each of which has a definite sense of place. Definitely, an interior designer to take a look at.
Marcel Wanders is a Dutch interior designer that got the world’s attention in 1996 with his iconic Knotted Chair. Seen by many as an anomaly in the design world, Marcel has turned into his mission to “create an environment of love, to live with passion and to make our most exciting dreams come true.” His work delights and provokes, but never fails to surprise for its ingenuity, daring and singular quest to uplift the human spirit, and entertain.
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Kelly Hoppen is an English interior designer, author, and owner of Kelly Hoppen Interiors. Kelly has a very successful career and nowadays is one of the biggest names in terms of interior design worldwide.
This versatile designer’s works are not only hospitality or residential. They also consist of stunning yachts of private clients, as well as in commercial projects all around the world, including restaurants, offices, and even aircraft.
Internationally acclaimed French creator, designer, and architect, Philippe Starck is an untiring and rebellious citizen of the world, who considers his duty to share his ethical and subversive vision of a fairer planet, creating unconventional places and pieces whose purpose is to be “good” before being beautiful.
Most of his designs have sparked widespread recognition, and his hotels are timeless icons that have added a new dimension to the global cityscape. An enthusiastic advocate of sustainability, this visionary interior designer has recently developed the revolutionary concept of “democratic ecology” by creating affordable wind turbines for homes, soon to be followed by innovative wooden prefabricated ecological houses and solar boats.
Rockwell Group is a 250-person award winning, cross-disciplinary architecture and design practice based in New York City with satellite offices in Madrid and Shanghai.
Rockwell Group has many different projects and partnerships to be proud of. With global offices to support a far-reaching vision, Rockwell Group is an interdisciplinary firm that emphasizes innovation and thought leadership in every project.
VICTORIA HAGAN INTERIORS
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.
Marmol Radziner is a Los Angeles-based design-build practice founded and led by architects Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner. The firm offers a full range of design services, including architectural design, programming, master planning, historic restoration, landscape design, interior design, and furniture design.