Interior Design

World's best interior designers – the 21 top designers today

Here, we showcase the work of the world's best interior designers, cherry picked from the Andrew Martin Interior Design Review Vol.25

Converted barn style modern living room and dining room with use of greys, natural stone flooring and browns
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Every year, the world's best interior designers are honored by renowned design house, Andrew Martin, in the brand's Interior Design Review. This year, a quarter of a century after the publication of the first review, global interior design heroes are documented in the Andrew Martin Interior Design Review Vol.25

The Andrew Martin Interior Design Review has become a cultural bookmark, coined the Oscars of the Design World, celebrating the world’s 100 greatest interior designers on an international stage every year. Celebrating the high art of interior design, the review catalogues innovation in design across all seven continents.

Since 1996, the Andrew Martin Review has endeavored to capture the ever-changing refraction of the history, politics and zeitgeist of interior design highlighted in this year's 25th anniversary timeline. In it, you can compare and contrast the work of just a few of the 25 winners of the award; from the ground-breaking East meets West mantra of Kelly Hoppen in 1996; the history making Zeynep Fadillioglu when she became the first woman ever to design a mosque; the supremely influential austerity of Axel Vervoordt; Stephen Falcke the evangelist of African tribal art; the exuberance of Kit Kemp; the celebrity circus of Martyn Lawrence Bullard; the poetic magic of Jorge Canete; and in 2020 the standard bearer of China’s golden generation of design, Ben Wu; not to mention, this year's winner, Thomas Jayne of Jayne Design Studio.

'For a quarter of a century, I have been lucky enough to have a front row seat at the theater of the world’s greatest designers – I have called this exhilarating mosaic of styles and influences the Kaleidoscope Age. The task of selecting a single award winner is always an agonizing assignment. Luckily, this year our judges were legendary Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, iconic Stereophonics front man Kelly Jones, producer actress Sally Humphreys and talent director Jakki Jones.'

Below, we have chosen from Andrew Martin's pick of the world's best interior designers to bring you a select group that best represents the style ethos of Homes & Gardens – you can see the rest of the designers, and their extraordinary contemporary spaces, in Andrew Martin Interior Design Review Vol.25 (opens in new tab).

Albion Nord 

Albion Nord

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Designers: Camilla Clarke, Ottalie Stride, Ben Johnson, Anthony Kooperman.

Company: Albion Nord (opens in new tab), London, UK. 

Design philosophy: authentic and curated, combining old and new.

Dining room with L shaped, burnt orange sofa stretching as dining area seating around to casual coffee table seating

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This interior design studio specializes in high end residential properties and hospitality projects in the UK and overseas. 

Black and white diamond shaped stripe bedding, green velvet cushion, glass and metal framed bedside table

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Recent works include a private country estate in Berkshire, two townhouses in Chelsea Barracks and a scheme of 25 apartments in Holland Park.

Wooden and brown study room with white rug and plant

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Current residential projects include a private country manor house in Oxfordshire, a family home in Maida Vale and a Landmark Hotel in London. 

Dark green office with marble and brass coloured fireplace with matching frame

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Small details on display with a contrast of dark and light materials

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White shelving and original panelling on walls, grey armchair and lamp

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Traditional sitting room with textured yellow and orange upholstery, blankets and painting

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Open and light stairway with white and grey staircase and marble flooring. Glass chandler

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Marble floors, grey walls, glass chandelier with candles and circle table with a bouquet of flowers

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White fur rug with black diamond outlines, oil wooden stump table with wooden legs, burnt orange cushions and grey sofa

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Dark blue and green tapestry hanging, dark wooden chest of drawers and wooden and cushioned armchair

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Bedroom with fur blanket, dark wood dresser

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ARCC

ARRCC Directors

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Designers: Mark Rielly, Jon Case, Michele Rhoda. 

Company: ARRCC (opens in new tab), Cape Town, South Africa. 

Design philosophy: to create life enhancing interiors.

Country living room with exposed beam ceiling, grey crescent sofa

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An acclaimed studio, specializing in residential, hospitality and leisure interiors worldwide. 

Blue rig with white pattern, black fourposter bed, brown leather chairs and wooden ceiling

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Current work includes a 14,000 sq. m. family home in Dubai, an exclusive line of floating villas in collaboration with SAOTA and Admares, and the refurbishment of an existing townhouse in Belgravia, London. 

Rustic country room with red circle table

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Recent projects include an opulent penthouse in the newly developed Zaha Hadid building, One Thousand Museum, Miami, a contemporary home in the pine woods on an island in the Moskva River, Moscow, and a luxury safari lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa.

Light wood long table with stone skink and matching wooden shutters

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Colette van den Thillart

Colette head shot

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Designer: Colette van den Thillart. 

Company: Colette van den Thillart Interior Design (opens in new tab), Toronto, Canada. 

Design philosophy: uplifting and experiential.

Modern living room with simplistic white and grey walls sofas and fireplace, and patterns and coloured cushions, rugs and chairs

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Current projects include a residence in Rome, private residences in Toronto, an oceanfront condo in Miami and a Mid Century modern heritage refurbishment. 

Orange velvet headboard and bed base blue walls, armchair and cushions

(Image credit: Colette van den Thillart)

Recent work includes a number of apartments, family homes and an executive office in Toronto, as well as residences in the UK, New York, and Los Angeles.

White living room with hints of purple and blue

(Image credit: Colette van den Thillart)

Yellow and cream bedroom with a mix of textures on cushions, the rug and lampshades

(Image credit: Colette van den Thillart)

Tree design fireplace , dark wood floors and white rug

(Image credit: Colette van den Thillart)

Pink and cream themed bedroom with tree tapestry above bed, orange sunshine mirrors

(Image credit: Colette van den Thillart)

Carpet on indoor-outdoor terrace are with plant pillars, tables, and upholstery

(Image credit: Colette van den Thillart)

Green wood detail rug, White and grey armchairs and tapestry and blue walls

(Image credit: Colette van den Thillart)

Erin Martin

Erin Martin

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Designer: Erin Martin. 

Company: Martin Design (opens in new tab), St Helena, USA. 

Design philosophy: keep going kindly.

Converted barn style modern living room and dining room with use of greys, natural stone flooring and browns

(Image credit: Erin Martin)

2017 designer of the year, engaged in large homes, small homes, boutique hotels, bougie hotels, quonsets. 

Gold metal light and bar chairs, fur chair

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Recent projects include a 1940s Palm Springs bling house, the complete renovation of a home on The Strand in Manhattan Beach, into a Moorish, Gothic villa, and Knoll House, a new build boutique hotel nestled in a Napa vineyard.

Brown leather chairs, blue stone top table with wooden frame

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Covered patio area using outdoor metal and wood materials, metal hanging egg chair

(Image credit: Erin Martin)

Gracinha Viterbo 

Gracinha Viterbo

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Designer: Gracinha Viterbo. 

Company: Viterbo Interior Design (opens in new tab), Lisbon, Portugal. 

Design philosophy: personalized and unique.

Blue print wallpaper, grey and white tiled floor and stair rug

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Founded 40 years ago, Viterbo is a family-owned studio specialising in luxurious interiors for private homes and boutique hotels internationally. 

Blue double doors and window

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Recent projects include a 19th century palace restoration in Lisbon, the décor of the most exclusive building in Lisbon, Castilho 203, and a beautiful estate in Tuscany. 

Yellow neon walls, green leopard rug, cream rounded sofa

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Current work includes a 5 star hotel in the Azores, an exclusive beach house in Quinta do Lago, Algarve and another in Comporta.

Blue shelves with pottery, and blue and white print

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layers of textures of the yellow curtains, green chair and carpet

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Orange wall and sofa

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Blue and orange striped wallpaper

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Orange ceiling, large mirror, blue crescent sofa

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Pink and yellow bedding, pink red yellow, blue and green flower wallpaper and rug

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Classic dining hall with green tapestry's

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Contemporary display with red wall, stone pin board and traditional painted mask display

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Blue bedroom and living room area with white able blue palm panels, stripy blue and white carpet and mustard headboard and couch

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Green shelves with colourful pattern backing

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Blue doors and doorways with gold design

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Grren velvet bed head with gold design, white bedside table with gold detailing,

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Green stripy wallpaper with blue hanging plates

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Greg Natale

Greg Natale

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Designer: Greg Natale. 

Company: Greg Natale Design (opens in new tab), Sydney, Australia. 

Design philosophy: tailored, sophisticated, layered, embracing bold color and pattern.

Hallway by Greg Natale

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Specializing in architecture and interior design for luxury residential and commercial spaces in Australia as well as internationally. 

Kitchen by Greg Natale

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Current projects include a harborside Mosman house inspired by Milan’s Villa Necchi Campiglio, a historic homestead in country Victoria, and the new Greg Natale Design headquarters and residence in inner city Darlinghurst, located in a former stable. 

Wall mural by Greg Natale

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Recent work includes a sprawling staff headquarters for a major retail brand in regional Victoria, a modern palazzo style house on the Brisbane River, and a penthouse apartment beside the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Dining room area by Greg Natale

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Kitchen by Greg Natale

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Bathroom by Greg Natale

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Living room by Greg Natale

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Patio area designed by Greg Natale

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Joanna Wood

Joanna Wood

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Designer: Joanna Wood. (You can read our designer profile of Joanna Wood for more information about her career.)

Company: Joanna Wood International Design Practice (opens in new tab), London, UK. 

Design philosophy: classical design heritage for modern living.

Silver tree table stand, yellow pink and green display of lamps, figures and plants

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Joanna heads up a young, enthusiastic team experienced in creating bespoke interiors with a focus on the luxury residential market. 

Pink and yellow flower embroidered chair with dark stained wood frame, blue walls and coloured glass vases

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Recent projects include the restoration of The Master’s Lodge, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, a new build house on the Dublin coast and a penthouse in Covent Garden. 

Bright red chairs with lock shape, baby blue walls with bold hanging prints

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Current work includes the total refurbishment of a Grade II Listed house in London’s oldest garden square, the conversion of a coach house in the Cotswolds and a development of nine apartments in Knightsbridge.

Blue wall with white and blue prints hanging on the walls, blue sofa cushion's

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Grey and cream bedroom with three tiered wooden bedside table

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Reflective metal desk chair and desk, gold fixtures on stone sink

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Green and oink lampshade, cushions and orchid

(Image credit: Joanna Wood)

Katharine Pooley

Katharine Pooley team

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Designer: Katharine Pooley. 

Company: Katharine Pooley Ltd (opens in new tab), London, UK. 

Design philosophy: strive to be extraordinary.

Stone-esque blue and white design rug, coffee table and wallpaper with hints of orange,

(Image credit: Katharine Pooley)

Encompassing a multitude of architectural genres and locations, her designs are renowned for their beauty, luxurious eclecticism and originality. 

Blue, grey and golden textures on upholstery, cabinets and walls

(Image credit: Katharine Pooley)

 Recent work includes a palatial villa in Kuwait, a sleek and contemporary private residence overlooking Discovery Bay in Hong Kong and a chalet in Zermatt.

Blue polished stone desk, dark blue carpet with gold lines, gold handles on cabinets and chair legs

(Image credit: Katharine Pooley)

Current projects include Chateau de la Croix des Gardes overlooking the bay of Cannes, a super yacht and a ground breaking residential development in Monaco.

Green textured bar, dark wood and gold shelves

(Image credit: Katharine Pooley)

Stone and beige themed gaming room with car, tv, pool table and gaming table

(Image credit: Katharine Pooley)

Blue wave splatter design boarder on rug, blue and white bedding and art

(Image credit: Katharine Pooley)

Redd and grey artwork and rug

(Image credit: Katharine Pooley)

K&H Design

K&H Design

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Designers: Katie Glaister & Henry Miller-Robinson. 

Company: K&H Design (opens in new tab), London, UK. 

Design philosophy: meticulous and original, creating fun and beautiful homes.

Purple living room with yellow armchair and orange sofa, light wood floor and black framed glass coffee table

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A six year old practice, working closely with private clients, hotel operators and developers, on new builds and listed buildings in the UK and overseas. 

Traditional bedroom with long bookshelf and ladder

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Current projects Include the complete restoration and extension of a large semi detached Victorian house in Belsize Park, an old manor house from the Carolean period near Chichester and a classical 15,000 sq. ft. new build in Berkshire. 

Pink and green mural behind bed, green wall colour

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Recent work includes the entire strip out of a rooftop apartment in Hong Kong, a five bedroom family home in Notting Hill, the entire reconfiguration of a listed duplex apartment in Eaton Square, Belgravia, entwining Brutalist interventions into the Neoclassical apartment. 

Traditional bedroom with long bookshelf and ladder

(Image credit: K&H Design / Simon Brown)

Multicoloured hexagon tiled flooring and multicoloured stairway carpet

(Image credit: K&H Design / Paul Raeside)

Katherine Hay Designs

Katherine Hay Designs

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Designer: Kathleen Hay. 

Company: Kathleen Hay Designs (opens in new tab), Nantucket, USA. 

Design philosophy: filled with chic comfort.

Modern country dining room with wooden, sphere cage lightshades, wooden dining table with candles in jars

(Image credit: Katherine Hay Designs / Matt Kisiday)

A full service interior design firm specializing in residential and commercial projects that tell stories through lives well lived. 

Black fossil vase, tree stump decoration, wooden table

(Image credit: Katherine Hay Designs / Matt Kisiday)

Recent projects include a popular restaurant hotspot in Charleston, South Carolina, several summer estates on Nantucket, and a family compound in Martha’s Vineyard.

Mirror with window fame design, light wood bedside table, fourposter bed and wallpaper

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Current projects include a modern home in Miami Beach, a private estate in Greenwich, CT, a seaside compound on Nantucket Island, and a restaurant in a historic building in Frankfort, Kentucky. 

Hanging glass and rope light, black framed glass doors, wooden ceiling

(Image credit: Katherine Hay Designs / Matt Kisiday)

Rope lampshade, blue bedding

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Woven bed head, woven-esque lampshade, gold paint splattered-effect glass lampshade

(Image credit: Katherine Hay Designs / Matt Kisiday)

White and cream minimalist living room with plants

(Image credit: Katherine Hay Designs / Joe Keller)

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

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Designer: Katie Ridder. 

Company: Katie Ridder Inc (opens in new tab), New York City, USA. 

Design philosophy: exuberantly colorful traditionalism.

Living room with pattered tile-effect wallpaper, blue and red upholstery

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Specializing in uniquely imaginative residential interiors in the US, and designer of a signature line of wallpaper and fabrics. 

Red living room with pink sofa and blue vase, armchair and blanket

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Current projects include an oceanfront house in New York, a family house in Dallas, in collaboration with Katie’s husband, architect Peter Pennoyer, and apartments on 5th Avenue and Central Park West in New York City. 

Orange sofa with plant prints, elephant and temple wallpaper

(Image credit: Katie Ridder)

Recent work includes residences in Alabama and California, and the renovation of a 5th Avenue apartment in New York City.

Blue bedroom with green upholstery

(Image credit: Katie Ridder)

Blue hallway with falling leaves design, gold sunshine light

(Image credit: Katie Ridder)

Blue twin bedroom

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Blue and orange bed

(Image credit: Katie Ridder)

Blue living room with multicoloured curtains and rug, pink sofa and yellow armchairs

(Image credit: Katie Ridder)

Red armchairs with blue pattern, chess table, blue sofa with light blue pattern

(Image credit: Katie Ridder)