Top Ten Designers

There is, necessarily, a degree of arbitrariness to any “Top 10” list. And taste, of course, is an impossibly subjective thing. So we apologize for the many worthy designers we just did not have room to include. Our criteria: that each possesses a signature look (though they are all versatile, you just know when you’re in one of their interiors); that each works on an international scale and in a variety of areas (residential, hospitality, private yachts and jets, etc.); that each has been published in design books or monographs of their own work; and that the clientele of each represents the highest stratum of society.

Signature: Hempel—an actress-turned-hotelier/designer—is known for her architectural approach to interiors, as well as a ravishing sense of theatricality. She’s known for playing with scale (large,...
Signature: “I am a modernist, and my work is largely predicated on the use of major contemporary art. Although I have great respect for the past, I like my work to reflect our moment in time.”...
Signature: Clodagh, an Irish-born designer who goes by a single name, specializes in what she calls “life-enhancing minimalism—all the comfort and luxury you need, but not more than you need.” It’s...
Signature: “We create luxurious, understated interiors, no matter what the budget. We avoid flashy, in-your-face luxury.” His work is informed by modern principles (uncluttered, well-lit open spaces...
Signature: “Not allowing any two projects to look alike,” says Anthony Ingrao’s partner, Randy Kemper. “We customize each project to our client’s taste and help them define an individual style. We’re...
Signature: A committed modernist who believes in only the highest of luxury quotients, his work emphasizes “materiality, texture, scale, light, and the constant dialogue between interior and exterior...
Signature: “My interiors have a neoclassical basis, but with a contemporary relation. Even when I do contemporary environments, they are rich in texture and material, and they have some historic...
Signature: Perhaps because he began as a modernist (with a modernist’s sense of the needs of contemporary living), Pinto’s interiors, no matter how classical or formal, place a high premium on...
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...
Signature: Vervoordt’s style is nothing if not polyphonic. Informed by a lifetime of avid collecting in just about any area of art and design imaginable, his spaces are meant to inspire contemplation...