Top interior designers you need to know in 2020
Each year, LuxDeco publishes a top 100 list of the world’s top interior designers. Focusing on their overall contributions and the legacy they are creating for future generations of designers the list covers designers from all around the world. Here are a selection from the list of designers for 2020.
Top interior designers changing the world in 2020 – from Waterworth to Zana
- Alexander Waterworth Studio
Led by founder Alexander Evangelou, this studio is packed with intriguing talent. Launched in 2010, the Shoreditch based studio is awash with high-profile clients, from the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to a luxury hotel in Vienna.
- Alix Lawson
Australian/English designer Alix Lawson is about a minimalist reaction to the overt decadence of London. She calls it “conscious minimalism” and says it’s about “reducing the volume while increasing the sound quality.”
London-based multidisciplinary studio that is working on lots of the city’s most exciting projects, including townhouses at London City Island and The Brentford Project. The studio also works on projects further afield, including Dublin Landings.
- Axel Vervoordt
Belgian designer famous for working with the Kardashian-Wests. His philosophy revolves around the belief that “a home should be a personal expression of the soul.” Current projects include the PURS hotel in Andernach, Germany.
- Ben Pentreath
This designer created the interiors for Prince William and Duchess Kate’s Kensington Palace and Amner Hall homes. A quintessentially British aesthetic is mixed with playful design treatments.
- Blainey North
Australian designer Blainey North creates award-winning interiors that have helped her build a reputation for superprime design projects around the world. The studio specialises in five and six star hotel designs.
- Bryan O’Sullivan Studio
This London-based studio boasts an impressive design range, thanks to its eponymous lead who has worked with all kinds of major designers. Responsible for the Art Deco design of The Berkeley Bar, a yacht that is known as a “summer house on the sea” and renovating a castle in Ireland.
Founded by Ben Thompson, the relatively under the radar BWT studio is known for casual country elegance, which can be seen in its transformation of Heckfield Place.
- Carlyle Designs
Design lead Jordan Carlyle has created a signature look that combines traditional antique-filled splendour with ultra-luxurious urban style. His portfolio includes everything from refined home design in Washington DC to neo-Art Deco design in central Manhattan.
- Charles Zana
Famous for his eclectic style, Paris–based Charles Zana loves variety. His genius lies in creating designs that work despite the mismatched techniques and styles. His most recent project is the Hotel Lou Pinet in St Tropez, which is inspired by Picasso, Matisse and Calder. He’s now working on the Kimpton Hotel in Paris.
Interior designers changing the world from Clements to Hickman
- Clements Design
Led by Kathleen and Tommy Clements, the studio is famous for designing celeb homes. Clients include Kris Kenner, Ellen DeGeneres and Jessica Alba. The mother/son duo have a distinct vibe that can be described as luxury Californian comfort.
- David Collins Studio
This interior design house works on multiple projects every year. From furniture collections for Baker, refits at Harrods, the Mandarin Orient in Doha to the penthouse suite at the Buckingham boutique development, there is no limit to the talent on show.
- David Hicks
Australian designer David Hicks is all about luxe minimalism. His spaces are hugely impressive and demonstrate his love for contemporary design with unexpected twists. The studio is 20 years old this year and continues to delight.
- Dorothee Meilichzon
This French design stalwart takes an innovative approach to luxury design. She concentrates on exhibiting creative freedom by taking designs back to basics. Specialising in boutique hospitality, Dorothee Meilchzon is never constrained by expectations.
This design studio created the first show apartment at the Chelsea Barracks. Since then they’ve been very busy working on yachts, hospitality projects and spas. They cater mainly to the super-prime Asian and London markets.
- Elizabeth Metcalfe
For Elizabeth Metcalfe, originality is most important in design. She says: “Great design… must always be authentic, real, unique, innovative and custom.” This means classical design used to create timeless schemes using strong colour palettes and silhouettes.
- Fiona Barratt Interiors
This design studio is all about texture. Its portfolio shows that texture characterises every aspect of their work, from custom wall surfaces to artwork. Its relaxed urban aesthetic is used around the world, on projects as far afield as Moscow, Hong Kong and Rome.
- Flack Studio
Thanks to founder David Flack’s research-based design approach, this studio has a specific and very distinguished style. Its designs are uncomplicated but with what they call an idiosyncratic twist thanks to unexpected colour choices and a relaxed attitude.
- Fleur Delesalle
Fleur is a designer fascinated by the potential of spaces, leading to interiors that combine form and function. Her rooms ooze style thanks to the use of dynamic changes in colour and shape.
- Fran Hickman
This designer believes that spaces are more than the sum of their parts. She founded her studio in 2014 and is known for designing for the fashion set. Projects include Knightsbridge based Emilia Wickstead store, the Farfetch store in Tokyo and the Moda Operandi store in Belgravia.
Designers from Sultana to Deniot
- Francis Sultana
Francis Sultana believes that home decoration and interiors are now more liberated than ever. This goes a long way to describe his furniture designs, which are unmatched creatively. His team of 16 designers are now working on a museum in Hong Kong and a flagship jewellery store in London’s Berkeley Square.
- Francois Catroux
French designer Francois Catroux has had a 50 year interior design career so far. He recently designed the New York home of Crown Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. He’s widely regarded as one of the finest designers in the world today.
- Gilles & Boissier
Regular collaborators with Mandarin Oriental, the Four Seasons and Hakkasan, the design duo recently designed the largest hotel suite in Paris at the Mandarin Oriental Paris. They also opened their first boutique on Avenue Montaigne, called Les Choses de Gilles & Boissier.
- Greg Natale
This Sydney-based designer always surprises on every project thanks to what he calls the “new Australian interior”. Including geometric motifs, unexpected use of colour and architectural finishes, hisi designs are hugely popular. He is also on the sixth rug collection design for Designer Rugs and has a store in Potts Point, Sydney.
- Helen Green Design
This London studio continues to meld the elegant design of its late founder into every project. They only source furniture from British craftspeople and artisans and are set to deliver a project for the iconic One Grosvenor Square development this year.
- Humbery & Poyet
Both Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet have strong architectural backgrounds that influence their designs. Using wood and marble, the designers often seem to uncover rather than create interiors. The end result manages to feel simultaneously new and classical.
- India Mahdavi
Iranian/French designer India Mahdavi brings gorgeous playfulness back to interior design. Unafraid to experiment with bright colours, oversized decorations and maximalism, her work is loved around the world. She says: “To conceive a space, I listen to it, I analyse its constraints, its needs and its context.”
- Isabelle Stanislas
In 2019, Isabelle Stanislas delivered a spectacular commission when she redesigned the interiors of the Elysee Palace’s ballroom. This is where the most important state dinners, receptions and events in France are held. She transformed the traditional space into a modern grey-on-grey scheme for the project.
- Jacques Garcia
Known for luxurious and elaborate hotel interiors, this French designer works with the legendary Hotel Metropole in Monaco. After designing the hotel back in 2004, he is now managing its redesign.
- Jean-Louis Deniot
Interior designer and architect, Jean-Louis has a down to earth attitude to design, which boosts his creativity. His most recent high- profile commissions include the luxury residential suites at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
From Dirand to Miyar
- Joseph Dirand
Known for his minimalism and architectural style, French designer Joseph Dirand works exclusively on extremely distinguished projects. These include the much-loved restaurant Le Jardinier and its sister restaurant Shun.
- Joyce Wang
Having lived all around the world, interior designer Joyce Wang founded her studio in Hong Kong. Last year her studio worked on the first redesign of the Mandarin Oriental in its 117-year history among other high-profile projects.
- Kelly Behun
Renowned for her New York City interiors, Kelly takes both a minimalist and maximalist approach depending on the project. Her work can result in an all-white penthouse in New York or pastel-influenced beachfront homes in Naples.
- Kelly Wearstler
A highly regarded designer to celebrities, Kelly has created a world of interiors all of her own. She creates the unexpected with designs that will also stand the test of time.
- Ken Fulk
Self-taught San Francisco designer Ken Fulk is hugely creative and is responsible for impressively immersive hospitality interiors. He also works on residences in the Bay area and far beyond. The studio designed the Lutie’s garden restaurant at the new Commodore Perry Estate in Austin, Texas which will open this summer.
- Laura Hammett
Based in London, this designer has a portfolio packed with layered interiors that exude calmness. Always well thought out with an elegance all her own, it’s no surprise that her interiors are popular with all kinds of high-profile clients. Her studio’s projects are spread across 10 countries and include a modern lake house in Switzerland and a private villa in Cannes.
- Luis Laplace
Known for playing with tradition and eschewing shallow looks in favour of functionality, Luis Laplace is an internationally renowned designer. He’s often commissioned to design museum spaces, such as the Hauser & Worth Menorca museum which is scheduled to open in 2021.
- Martin Brudnizki
With a mission to bring maximalism back, Martin’s designs can transport people into different worlds. Designing since 2000, he’s now regularly asked to invent some of the hottest hospitality venues in the world. Born in Sweden and based in London and New York, the designer recently completed restaurants for the Mayfair Supper Club in Las Vegas and the Four Seasons Astir Palace in Athens.
- Michael S Smith
This designer’s reputation is for classical American designs that honour and respect the past. He has recently created a wall covering collection for Hartmann Forbes that bear this out, with his inspiration taken “from the past, informed by the present.”
- Natalia Miyar
London-based designer Natalia loves to be daring with both colour and texture, which is now a signature of her designs. She says: “My work is always inspired by nature, especially the colours of nature.” The designer and architect founded her 12-strong studio in 2016 and is currently working on projects in Miami, London and Ibiza.
From Berkus to Duysen
- Nate Berkus
More than just an interior designer, Nate also has three TV design shows in his resume. He’s also a product designer for the likes of Kravet and Target, am executive film producer (he produced Oscar winner The Help) and an author.
- Nicky Haslam
An extraordinary back catalogue includes designing homes for Charles Saatchi, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart, as well as events for the Prince and Princess of Wales, Cartier and the Rothschilds, Nicky Haslam is an industry legend with five decades of work under his belt.
- Nina Campbell
Acclaimed British design star Nina Campbell has a career that spans 60 years. Known for her detailed style, she has been the selected designer for endless high-profile clients, including Royalty and A-list celebrities. She’s also the author of six books and designs her own range of décor, wallpaper, tableware and furniture.
- Peter Marino
Responsible for award-winning retail spaces for fashion houses including Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Fendi, architect, designer and collector Peter Marino has an impressive career history. He’s now designing spaces for LVMH’s ultra-luxurious Cheval Blanc hotel on Rodeo Drive.
- Peter Mikic
Australian designer Peter Mikic is now based in London and designs ebullient roomscapes for London townhouses and luxurious fitness centres. His designs are always eye catching and full of his unique personality, and always with a quest for luxury.
- Pierre Yovanovitch
Influential designer Pierre Yovanovitch is so highly regarded that he was the only choice for his recent project – Le Coucou. This high-end hotel is based in the French alps and opened in December 2019.
- Rafael de Cardenas
Founder of Architecture at Large, Rafael has an impressive list of commissions. Clients and admirers include Nike, Cartier and Baccarat among many others. His versatile style ranges from high-end futuristic to classic Parisian. A recent project by his studio is the Broadway bar of the Nordstrom flagship store in New York.
- Rodolphe Parente
This year, his studio is ten years old, during which time the designer has become known for his contemporary designs that include extraordinary art and interior architecture.
- Rose Uniacke
Known and admired for creating beautifully serene spaces, Rose has been commissioned by all kinds of major style celebs, including Jo Malone and the Beckhams. Her spaces are always subtle, muted and understated and work so well in a world where elaborate designs are everywhere.
- Vincent Van Duysen
Belgian designer’s recent commission to convert a convent into a luxury hotel fits his brand very well. The August Hotel opened in April 2019 and features his trademark unadorned spaces. He’s loved for his pared back design aesthetic and is also the creative director for Italian furniture brand Molteni &Ci.
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