Have a look at 100 of the best interior designers of all time (PT1)
Jun 18, 2019
Seen as luxury yachts are also seen as an important source for the design industry, today we’ve decided to bring you a complete list of the 100 best interior designers from around the globe. This list aside from being a guide to any and all design lovers has the purpose of celebrating the best of what the industry has to offer. Some of these designers in this list have also been involved in the conception of some of the most amazing vessels to roam the seven seas. Enjoy part 1 of our list and stay tuned for part 2!
AB Concept was founded in 1999 by Ed Ng and Terence Ngan, a designer and architect duo who together have throughout their career made a remarkable impact in the world of luxury design. The company has become a well-respected name in hospitality, wellness, F&B, commercial and residential properties.
Marked by various cultural influences since his early childhood, Alberto Pinto, a legendary figure in the world of decoration and interior design, built his great work upon the combination of cultures and his endless quest for the exceptional which resulted in his eclectic signature style.
Katarina Antonovich is the ceo, chief designer, architect and engineer of Antonovich Design. Her amazing ability to look into the future of architecture and design, to serve our valued customers and clients with all the subtleties associated with the demands, and to create true masterpieces of luxury, make the LUXURY ANTONOVICH DESIGN style recognizable worldwide.
Benoy is a global family of design specialists committed to delivering world-class solutions for the built environment. Balancing creative vision with commercial viability, they work with clients to create iconic destinations that enrich people’s lives, strengthen communities, enhance nature, and deliver lasting economic value.
Tim Mutton is the founder and leader of Blacksheep, launching the studio in 2002 with the aim of bringing a new perspective to the industry. In addition to leading Blacksheep’s team of established and emerging talent, Tim regularly teaches, judges, writes, presents and is an active force in driving the design industry’s future.
Considered one of the most talented names in design, Bunny is also an accomplished businesswoman, entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. A lover of dogs, gardens, and China, Bunny’s knowledge and expertise are on par with her enjoyment of life. Her eponymous company launched in 1988 following a 22-year apprenticeship with the esteemed Parish-Hadley Associates.
The Campana Brothers are formed by the duo Humberto Campana and Fernando Campana. In 1983, the two Brazilian brothers teamed up to make furniture made of ordinary materials including scrap and waste products such as cardboard, rope, cloth and wood scraps, plastic tubes and aluminium wire. From 1997, some of their products including the ‘Vermelha’ chair began to be produced and sold in Italy.
Charles Zana is a passionate architect who combines art and technique in every one of his projects. From Paris to London, via Gstaad, Tel Aviv, and Monaco, Zana’s style and expertise are showcased in some of the world’s most beautiful public and private interiors.
When he opened his first showroom at rue de Varenne in the mid-1980s, Christian Liaigre surprised everyone with his restrained and clean aesthetic. This ‘style without being stylish’ seduces a clientele wanting to live in contemporary interiors as well as holding on to the excellence of the French furnishing tradition.
David Chipperfield, in full Sir David Alan Chipperfield, is a British architect known for his modern, and minimal designs. Chipperfield graduated from the Architectural Association in London and worked with award-winning architects such as Richard Rogers and Norman Foster before establishing David Chipperfield Architects in 1985.
Born in 1955 and raised in Dublin (Ireland), David Collins’s childhood ambitions might have denied the world some of the most treasured interiors of the 20th and 21st centuries. Fortuitously, his family put pay to fashion designer and musician aspirations while an aversion to Latin prevented a career in law. Instead, David followed in his father’s footsteps with a degree at Bolton Street School of Architecture.
Being a designer since 1978 (the year in which his first furniture collections were launched) and an interior architect since 1985. Didier Gomez designs both furniture and spaces, (boutiques, large stores, apartments, private homes, head offices) all over the world.
Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran brought their design, art, and fashion knowledge together in 2003 when they founded Dimore Studio. Together the founders create nuanced spaces that blend classic principles with contemporary styling. While fanciful decorating set their position, Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci of Dimore Studio boldly lead the way bringing back 1970s style.
DKOR Interiors is among the top residential interior design companies counting with projects internationally and concentrated in the South Florida region. They are a team of professional, energetic individuals with talented designers and experienced managers available to guide their client’s through the flawless and timely execution of any residential design project.
Drake / Anderson is a dynamic new design partnership that emerges from the union of two powerful aesthetic voices: Drake Design Associates, one of the most renowned names in the today’s industry, and Caleb Anderson Design, one of interior design’s brightest young talents. The renowned interior designers bring their corresponding views on glamour, curation, elegance, and livability and created one of the most successful partnerships in the design world. Recognized as a worldwide inspiration, the Drake / Anderson is a multidisciplinary design firm catering to high-end luxury residential and commercial projects.
Acclaimed for his distinctive ability to fuse classic and contemporary elements, Eric Cohler was dubbed the original “Mixmaster” by Traditional Home magazine. He designs spaces that look carefully composed yet are luxuriously comfortable – believing in putting “living” back into the living room.
Top Dutch interior designer Eric Kuster’s own brand is characterized by its Metropolitan Luxury vibe. His signature style can be described as the perfect balance of classic and contemporary, European and international. Thanks to his amazing work in the design industry, the Dutch designer is considered a holistic lifestyle guru, known for producing beautiful objects and textiles, alongside pure interior design and beyond.
Fernanda Marques’s career is marked by the same conceptual thread that characterized her formative at the University of São Paulo’s School of Architecture and Urbanism, years: the integrated exercise of the various disciplines encompassed in a project: Architecture, Interiors and Product Design. The projects conceived in her practice combine this trait, the essence of her style – clean and contemporary – and the best in the world’s art and design.
Surrounded by dedication and experience, Fiona Barratt has always been connected to the design industry from a very young age. Her grandfather, Sir Lawrie Barratt was the founder of Barratt Homes, one of the largest house builders in the United Kingdom. It is no wonder that the award-winning artist found her voice in design. She graduated from the Art Foundation and specialized in interior design. She also studied at the Chelsea College of Art in London, and the Parsons School of Design in New York. Since 2006, she has owned a successful design studio, Fiona Barratt Interiors.
Francis Sultana is one of the world’s foremost interior and furniture designers. The atelier studio is based in St James’s in the same building as David Gill Gallery, of which Sultana is also Artistic Director. Francis Sultana is the go-to interior designer for international collectors, many of whom have major contemporary art and design collections. Loved for his unique ability to merge the residential requirements of a domestic space with often large scale visual art, sculpture and installation pieces, his studio is working on projects in the UK and across Europe as well as in China and in the US.
François Catroux has been the decorator of choice for aristocrats, moguls, fashion queens, royals, and oligarchs alike since 1968 when he opened his Paris office. His clients over the years have included Guy and Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, Leslie and Abigail Wexner, Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, Princess Firyal of Jordan, and Roman Abramovich, to name a few.
Art Gensler, along with his wife Drue Gensler and their associate James Follett, founded the company in 1965. They originally focused on corporate interiors, pioneering interiors for newly constructed office buildings, including the Alcoa Building (1967) and the Bank of America Building (1969), both in San Francisco.
Gérard Faivre, recognized as one of the best contemporary interior designers, created the concept Gérard Faivre Residence, apartments and luxury properties completely renovated, furnished and decorated with fully integrated hotel services.
Gilles & Boissier is an architecture, decoration and graphic design agency. It came to life in 2004 from Dorothée Boissier and Patrick Gilles desire to put forth their vision and idea of space and the art of living. Thanks to the trust and loyalty of Remo Ruffini, owner of the Moncler brand, this duo took off: they are responsible for the interior design of the Italian’s 200 shops as well as his private residence on Lake Como, his chalet in Saint-Moritz and his yacht. When Barry Sternlicht, of the Starwood Capital Group, entrusted them with the first building of his new hotel brand, Baccarat Hotels, Gilles & Boissier showed their talent in the amazing city of New York, at the forefront of the innovation.
Greg Natale has been passionate about interior design. The multi-award-winning interior designer has become known for his masterly use of pattern and colour, and his bold application of both in creating tailored, glamorous and sophisticated spaces.
World-renowned as the “Number One Hospitality Design Firm” by INTERIOR DESIGN, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), HBA creates the signature looks of today’s luxury brands and unveils the world’s most anticipated hotels, resorts, spas, casinos, restaurants, cruise ships, independent contemporary boutique hotels and world-class residences.
Helen Green Design Studio is one of Britain’s most respected interior design practices with a dynamic team that, over the past 16 years, has developed an invaluable reputation for creating elegant, sophisticated interiors for private clients, including prestigious developments and projects in the luxury hotel market.
Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron with Senior Partners Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler, Stefan Marbach, Esther Zumsteg, and Jason Frantzen. The renowned interior designers established their office in Basel in 1978, and nowadays it features an international team of five Senior Partners, five Partners, 44 Associates and around 400 collaborators works on projects across Europe, the Americas and Asia.
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, that finds design ideas and solutions through the creative blending of human need, environmental stewardship, value creation, science and art. The design solutions result from a collaborative process that encourages multidisciplinary professional teams to research alternatives, share knowledge and imagine new ways to solve the challenges of the built environment.
Known for her colourful modern projects, India Mahdavi is the perfect example of the Empowering Women Movement! Architect, Designer and Scenographer, Madhavi managed to overcome her complex past in Iran and managed to showcase her natural talent in France, becoming one of the most successful Female Interior Designers of France and the World! The designer imposes herself on the contemporary design industry as a singular, eclectic and nomadic way to celebrate an orient pop in the west.
Jacques Grange is, without a doubt, one of the best interior designers and decorators in the world. Known for his exquisite style, characterized by a harmony between traditional and contemporary tastes, Grange is one of the very few interior designers who received strict, classical education in the field. He attended École Boulle and École Camondo, where he learned the history of architecture, design and decorative arts. After graduating, he joined the team of French interior design legend Henri Samuel. Years later, he opened his own design office at the shop of Didier Aaron, the Parisian antiquaire, and he is now partners with Didier’s son, Herv’ Aaron.
Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. His artistic vision was first fully exposed in the ‘Mediterranean Digital Baroque’ and ‘Mon Cirque’ installations. These collections put Jaime at the forefront a new wave that blurred the lines between art, decoration and design and a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture.
Recognised worldwide for his emblematic and eclectic interiors, Jean-Louis Deniot plays in a multiplicity of repertoires, never sticking to a purity of style, rather letting his academic training translate into a vocabulary that is both informal and bold. If he does a contemporary project, it is always with a weighty dose of history and references infused into it to produce a timeless yet timely scenario.
Jeff Andrews is an internationally celebrated interior designer that creates sophisticated and livable interiors for families and celebrities alike. The interior designer became a worldwide inspiration to the interior design community by pushing creative boundaries in ways that respect and redefine traditional design aesthetics.
Joana Astolfi is an artist, architect and designer who draws visual inspiration from a broad universe of found objects. Porcelain statuettes, miniatures, vintage chairs, lamps, toys, diaries and photographs of people she never met, populate and shapes her creative vision. Her artworks, installations and window displays are inspired by imperfections, mistakes and the irrepressibility of humour.
Jonathan Adler is a potter, designer, and author whose design inspirations have mainly come from the Mid-Century Modern Style art and global pop culture! He includes his passion for culture, craftsmanship and mid-century in every single one of his projects. In addition to designing furniture and product, as well as producing some stellar interior designs, Adler has also collaborated with other luxury brands in the creation of some magical places.
A Genevan of Catalan and Andalusian origin, Jorge CAÑETE did not choose to devote his life to interior design by chance. Following a career in luxury products which sharpened his sense of items of beauty (Ungaro, Bvlgari, Mugler) and an MBA, he decided to express his creativity in 3D through interior design. A diploma in “Interior Design” by the London Metropolitan University and several architectural projects at architecture studios in Rome and Geneva served as his launch pad allowing him to set up his own studio: INTERIOR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY.
Juan Pablo Molyneux is an internationally acclaimed interior designer. A committed classicist, he creates spirited interiors that are rooted in history without being historical recreations. His work is bold, eclectic, witty and unmistakably his own.
Katharine Pooley design studio was established over fourteen years ago and has succeeded to create bespoke luxury interior designs for the most discerning clients. The companies refined yet eclectic aesthetic has earned a position as one of the most sought-after interior design studios globally. The Katharine Pooley design studio continues to win commissions for landmark commercial and residential projects in London and worldwide.
Based in London, Kelly Hoppen is clearly an icon and one of the most celebrated interior designers in the world. With a differentiating signature style and over 40 years of experience, the interior designer is known for the idea of giving the most personalized and proper interiors for the client’s lifestyle. Hoppen is an author, entrepreneur and proprietor of her own design company, Kelly Hoppen Interiors.
When Ken Fulk burst onto the scene in 2010 with a splashy masquerade ball honouring jet-setter Denise Hale at his South of Market studio, it seemed he’d come out of nowhere. The little-known interior designer brought together socialites, politicians and business leaders, titillated them with lavish fare and voyeuristic scenes from San Francisco’s underground subculture and used the event, dubbed Halestorm, as his calling card.
Kirill Istomin is a founder of a company Interior Design & Decoration. It was created in 2002 and is internationally known for its high-end residential and commercial designs. The company manages projects in France, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan, the United States, and Great Britain.
Kitzig Interior Design is an outstanding interior design company based in Lippstadt, Germany and with offices in Bochum, Munich, and London. The company was founded in 1998 by Olaf Kitzig and it is specialized in the creation of extraordinary projects for the Hospitality and Catering Industries, but it also creates tailor-made design projects for Shop and Retail Trade fields.
Kris Turnbull Studios is the best at giving a modern approach to a luxury interior design project, and that’s exactly why his design firm is so highly sought after. With a creative team that offers the best interior design, architecture, interior architecture and styling services, Kris Turnbull is definitely a reference to all the contemporary interior design community.
Katerina Lashmanova is currently one of the best interior designers in Russia. Young and talented, Lashmanova has an outstanding portfolio with a special talent for luxury interior design. Katerina was also one of the speakers at iSaloni Moscow, giving a masterclass about contemporary Russian design.
At 37, architect Laura Gonzalez is already well-known for working her magic across Paris, and for the past two years has been spreading her wings overseas, stamping her “reworked classical” style on a whole host of restaurants, bars, hotels and stores. Maison et Objet highlights the work of this amazing designer by naming her Designer of the Year September 2019.
Considered one of the most renowned interior designers from Spain, Lorenzo Castillo balances very well the classic with the modern vibe. He creates his own ambiences and you can really see his signatures in all his work, thanks to Castillo’s daring combinations of colours and patterns and over the top sense of drama. The Spanish interior designer definitely likes to take risks and break some boundaries.
Having built an exceptional foundation over the past twenty-eight years, the multi-faceted House of LMD team orchestrated by Lori Morris helps transform clients’ dreams and art reflections into reality.
Ludovica+Roberto Palomba, architects and designers founded Palomba Serafini Associati in 1994. Since 2003, Roberto Palomba has also been a professor at the Polytechnic of Milan, in the industrial design department.
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