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
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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).
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.
This interior design studio specializes in high end residential properties and hospitality projects in the UK and overseas.
Recent works include a private country estate in Berkshire, two townhouses in Chelsea Barracks and a scheme of 25 apartments in Holland Park.
Current residential projects include a private country manor house in Oxfordshire, a family home in Maida Vale and a Landmark Hotel in London.
Designers: Mark Rielly, Jon Case, Michele Rhoda.
Company: ARRCC (opens in new tab), Cape Town, South Africa.
Design philosophy: to create life enhancing interiors.
An acclaimed studio, specializing in residential, hospitality and leisure interiors worldwide.
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.
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.
Colette van den Thillart
Designer: Colette van den Thillart.
Company: Colette van den Thillart Interior Design (opens in new tab), Toronto, Canada.
Design philosophy: uplifting and experiential.
Current projects include a residence in Rome, private residences in Toronto, an oceanfront condo in Miami and a Mid Century modern heritage refurbishment.
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.
Designer: Erin Martin.
Company: Martin Design (opens in new tab), St Helena, USA.
Design philosophy: keep going kindly.
2017 designer of the year, engaged in large homes, small homes, boutique hotels, bougie hotels, quonsets.
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.
Designer: Gracinha Viterbo.
Company: Viterbo Interior Design (opens in new tab), Lisbon, Portugal.
Design philosophy: personalized and unique.
Founded 40 years ago, Viterbo is a family-owned studio specialising in luxurious interiors for private homes and boutique hotels internationally.
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.
Current work includes a 5 star hotel in the Azores, an exclusive beach house in Quinta do Lago, Algarve and another in Comporta.
Designer: Greg Natale.
Company: Greg Natale Design (opens in new tab), Sydney, Australia.
Design philosophy: tailored, sophisticated, layered, embracing bold color and pattern.
Specializing in architecture and interior design for luxury residential and commercial spaces in Australia as well as internationally.
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.
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.
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.
Joanna heads up a young, enthusiastic team experienced in creating bespoke interiors with a focus on the luxury residential market.
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.
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.
Designer: Katharine Pooley.
Company: Katharine Pooley Ltd (opens in new tab), London, UK.
Design philosophy: strive to be extraordinary.
Encompassing a multitude of architectural genres and locations, her designs are renowned for their beauty, luxurious eclecticism and originality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Katherine Hay Designs
Designer: Kathleen Hay.
Company: Kathleen Hay Designs (opens in new tab), Nantucket, USA.
Design philosophy: filled with chic comfort.
A full service interior design firm specializing in residential and commercial projects that tell stories through lives well lived.
Recent projects include a popular restaurant hotspot in Charleston, South Carolina, several summer estates on Nantucket, and a family compound in Martha’s Vineyard.
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.
Designer: Katie Ridder.
Company: Katie Ridder Inc (opens in new tab), New York City, USA.
Design philosophy: exuberantly colorful traditionalism.
Specializing in uniquely imaginative residential interiors in the US, and designer of a signature line of wallpaper and fabrics.
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.
Recent work includes residences in Alabama and California, and the renovation of a 5th Avenue apartment in New York City.
Designer: Maira Koutsoudakis.
Company: LIFE Interiors (opens in new tab), Johannesburg, South Africa.
Design philosophy: island specialists in hospitality, heritage and sustainability, afficionados of contemporary organic chic.
Specializing in exclusive, sustainable design, in 20 countries, for over 20 years.
Current work includes listed finca homes, an eco retreat and art galleries in Segera and Arijiju in Kenya; the restoration of a 6 storey Bauhaus heritage home in Tel Aviv; a contemporary penthouse in Lagos and a sprawling villa in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa.
Recent work includes Islas Secas, an eco retreat peninsula of 14 private islands in Panama; North Island, a private development in the Seychelles; a cluster of luxury Greek island homes in Serifos; three desert oases in Namibia, and two eco camps in the jungles of the Congo.
Designers: Sandra Lucas & Sarah Eilers.
Company: Lucas/Eilers Design Associates (opens in new tab), Houston, USA.
Design philosophy: tailor made designs from inception to installation.
Creating timeless, thoughtful interiors relevant to their clients’ diverse tastes and personalities. Current projects include a substantial vacation home in Bristol, Rhode Island, a 1940s ranch compound in West Texas, and a multi level fishing cabin in Crested Butte.
Recent work includes an estate in Virginia, a vacation home on Kiawah Island, an art collector’s home in Houston, and homes around Houston, set amid rolling hills and endless sky.
Mary Douglas Drysdale
Designer: Mary Douglas Drysdale (opens in new tab).
Company: Mary Douglas Drysdale Interiors, Washington, USA.
Design philosophy: the creation of beautiful and highly functional interiors in collaboration with our clients.
An architectural interiors practice with expertise in both historic and modern architecture, decoration and art placement.
Current projects include the interior design of a modern house by Dutch architect Piet Boone, developing and designing The Gate House Dupont, a luxury destination for art collectors and designers, and working on the design scheme for the house of a well known Washington artist.
Recent work includes a modern penthouse apartment in Boston, a penthouse apartment in Bethesda, Maryland, Design Chair of Aspire House McLean, Virginia, a Park Avenue apartment in New York, and an estate in Pebble Beach, California.
Meg Lonergan Interiors
Designer: Meg Lonergan.
Company: Meg Lonergan Interiors (opens in new tab), Houston, USA.
Design philosophy: a playful yet timeless approach, rooted in antiques and fine art.
An award winning studio that embodies quintessential Southern style balanced by a vibrant international influence.
Recent work includes a modern revamp of a historic residential estate in Houston, a substantial European modern country club home in Houston, and an art and antique driven second home on a Texas ranch. Offering full service residential interior design services to clientele nationwide.
Offering full service residential interior design services to clientele nationwide. Current projects include a mid century historic riverfront estate in Austin, Texas, a newly constructed contemporary ocean view residence in Pacific Palisades, California and a New Orleans inspired oyster/cocktail bar concept in Houston.
Designer: Michelle Nussbaumer.
Company: Ceylon et Cie (opens in new tab), Dallas, USA.
Design philosophy: passionate about setting the stage for adventurous lives.
Turning Old World inspiration into modern, soulful interiors, from private homes to boutique stores and luxury hotels. Current projects include a family compound in Laguna Beach, CA, a beach villa estate in Cabo, San Lucas, and a hacienda in West Texas.
Recent work includes Slocum Warehouse in Dallas, San Miguel, Michelle’s own home in Mexico, and the Dallas Goop pop-up for Gwyneth Paltrow.
Designer: Nikki Drummond.
Company: Nikki Drummond Design (opens in new tab), Cape Town, South Africa.
Design philosophy: to create individual sensory spaces, filled with character.
Offering an exclusive combination of interior architectural design and interior decoration, for both residential and commercial spaces. Current projects include a home in Constantia, Cape Town, a beach house in Hermanus, Western Cape and the conversion of a magnificent manor farmhouse into a co work space and offices in Hillcrest, Durban.
Recent work includes a farmhouse kitchen in Kloof, Durban, an apartment in Sea Point, Cape Town and a home in Constantia.