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...
Signature: “I am a modernist, and my work is largely predicated on the use of major contemporary...
Signature: Clodagh, an Irish-born designer who goes by a single name, specializes in what she calls...
Signature: “We create luxurious, understated interiors, no matter what the budget. We avoid flashy...
Signature: “Not allowing any two projects to look alike,” says Anthony Ingrao’s partner, Randy...
Signature: A committed modernist who believes in only the highest of luxury quotients, his work...
Signature: “My interiors have a neoclassical basis, but with a contemporary relation. Even when I...
Signature: Perhaps because he began as a modernist (with a modernist’s sense of the needs of...
Signature: “We’re problem solvers,” says Lee Mindel rather modestly. But, as he points out, “The...
Signature: Vervoordt’s style is nothing if not polyphonic. Informed by a lifetime of avid...