Shelton Mindel & Associates

Signature: “We’re problem solvers,” says Lee Mindel rather modestly. But, as he points out, “The solving of the problem transcends building and becomes an art form.” Regardless of the design genres they employ Shelton, Mindel spaces are always, he adds, “thoughtful, provocative, artful, and curatorial.” We’d add surprising to that list. No two spaces look alike, and even when working within a certain style—classicist, American traditional, ultra contemporary, casual beachy—you won’t get anything you’ve ever seen before. The firm is known for seamlessly integrating architecture, landscape, and interiors and has won countless awards. Most recently it was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Cooper-Hewitt award for achievement in design.

Sphere of Work: Asia, Europe, North America, South America

Fields: Residential, hotels, restaurants, yachts, jets, retail, corporate, cultural, lighting, plumbing, furniture, textiles

Clients: Sting’s residences have been pretty public, but of the rest of his clientele, Mindel says, “If you look at the Forbes list, we’re lucky to say we call a lot of them clients. We work with the great industrialists and philanthropists of our time.”

Current Notable Projects: “A duplex penthouse for Sting on Central Park West, and a private museum for contemporary art in Connecticut.”

Books: There’s a monograph on the way from Rizzoli

(212.206.6406, www.sheltonmindel.com)

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