Architecture and design are not static professions: Styles evolve, technologies advance, challenges propel. The following esteemed interior designers represent a fellowship of trailblazers and standard-bearers whose work is imaginative, intelligent, and inspiring.
Authenticity is the defining marker of this New York City architecture and interior-design standout, headed by Alan Wanzenberg. The 25-year-old firm’s stirring residential projects, among them a barnlike shingle-and-stone manor, a country house with a Lutyens-esque countenance, and a honey-toned apartment with a 1930s Parisian air, are endowed with the heft and solidity that come from traditional materials expertly handled.
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Her luxurious yet restrained interiors have won her and her firm the respect of the Southwest’s leading architects, particularly Antoine Predock and Lake | Flato. In the realization of her soulful contemporary style, Emily Summers constantly experiments with new materials and intriguing marriages of texture—a soft wool carpet lapping at the base of a board-molded concrete wall, Venetian plaster alongside plainly finished wood.
JOHN BARMAN INC.
Glamorous Op Art modernity is the specialty of John Barman’s Manhattan interior-design firm, as evidenced in airy high-rise apartments splashed with brightly hued art, textiles, and accessories. (Defining favorites include 20th-century glass, particularly Blenko, and contemporary paintings by such powerhouses as Karen Davie and Ross Bleckner.)
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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.
HITCHCOX & STARCK – YOO
Since 1999, Yoo has worked with international developers, designing landmark residential and hotel projects throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North and South America and the Middle East.
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.
The New Yorker dubbed her “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design,” but Kelly Wearstler is more rock star than matronly personage. Author, blogger, outré fashion plate, branding virtuoso (from sheets to jewelry), and 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).
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