Being an interior designer has to be one of the best jobs ever – styling beautiful houses and picking cool furnishings all day? Yes please. But there’s more to it than that. The best designers carefully build their own brand and aesthetic, working with their clients to ensure that everyone is happy with the outcome.
We’ve picked some of our favourite interior designers, all of whom have something unique about their practice. From contemporary chic to old-world charm, we’ve got all the bases covered.
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After graduating from New York University, Miles Redd gained a serious interior design pedigree: he cut his teeth in the design world working with antiques dealer John Rosselli and decorator Bunny Williams, before becoming creative director for Oscar de la Renta home. He now heads up his own design firm in New York, which is known for his quirky brand of cosy glamour. Miles’ rooms are sophisticated, but they’re also bold and fantastical, making use of splashes of colour and modern gestures.
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Katie Ridder’s work initially appears to demonstrate a taste for the eclectic: she combines objects from different cultures, periods and styles for a completely unique look. However, her unerring eye ensures that there’s always a sense of cohesion in her rooms. Katie has designed for spaces as varied as Japanese pavilions, Palm Beach estates, Park Avenue apartments, and downtown lofts. She even has her own amazing line of fabrics and wallpapers.
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Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller
Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller are a husband-and-wife design duo who head up Carrier and Company Interiors. Together they create and curate spaces that mix old and new design, resulting in rooms that are refined and sophisticated, and always filled with light. Subtle patterns and neutral colours are the order of the day here, but Carrier and Co rooms also usually feature a burst of something exciting or unusual. Their clients have included notable celebrities, including Vogue editor Anna Wintour, photographer Annie Leibovitz and actress Jessica Chastain.
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Victoria Hagan is an eponymous name within the interior design firm. She founded her famous firm 25 years ago, and it is still going from strength to strength. Victoria Hagan works on luxury residences throughout the USA, adding her signature classic American style wherever she goes. Think big: past projects include a 20,000 square foot historical Manhattan townhouse and an 8,000 acre ranch, and a Central Park penthouse perched on a top floor of the legendary Plaza Hotel.
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Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham
Design duo Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham start Tilton Fenwick, a boutique interior design firm, in 2010. Their work offers a fresh perspective on a traditional aesthetic. They often embrace bold patterns and colours, so Tilton Fenwick rooms are always dramatic and exciting. Their Instagram account is a pattern-lover’s heaven – check it out!
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Thom Filicia launched his acclaimed New York City-based interior design firm in 1998. Since then, Thom has worked with clients including Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez and Delta Airlines. Thom’s interiors are always instant design classics that reflect the individuality of his clients. His work has brought him acclaim from a huge number of magazines and journals, including House Beautiful, Elle Décor and the New York Times.
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Ashley Hicks is the son of the famous interior designer David Hicks. He started his working life in his father’s studio before starting his own design practice. As well as working as an interior designer, Ashley designs furniture (and sometimes makes it by hand, as in this picture!), wallpaper and fabric, and has written a number of books about design. He really is a jack of all trades in the interiors world!
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Based in Nashville, USA, Benjamin Vadiver launched his interior design and lifestyle brand in 2012. He also now has a second studio in New York City to keep up with the intense demand for his work. Benjamin and his firm are chameleon-like in their style, tailoring their approach and aesthetic for each individual client. Luxury and quality are his guiding principles, backed up by his innate and impeccable taste.
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Betsy Burnham – founder of Burnham Design – is known for interiors that she described as “at once elegant, exotic and urbane”. Based on America’s West Coast, Besty Burnham creates high-design interiors where a polished look is offset by touches of street style and unpredictable additions. Her rooms are meant to be lived in, and are always so welcoming you want to come in, take off your shoes and settle down with a magazine and a coffee. In these spaces, a little bit of country club meets a little bit of rock-and-roll for a look that’s totally unique.
Image: Sasha Bikoff / Instagram
Interior designer Sasha Bikoff was born in New York, where she honed her understanding of materials and design. She has travelled extensively, and this shows in her multicultural approach to interiors. Sasha’s rooms mix the rich materials of Italian and French mid-century design with the fun colours and edgy shapes of Art Deco Revival and Space Age design. Always creative and eclectic, her interior style captures the imagination and keeps you looking for new details.