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The 12 top American interior designers you need to know

Author: Evelyn y

Nov. 28, 2023

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America is renowned for representing a truly eclectic and diverse mix of design styles, from Californian cool to luxurious uptown elegance; and behind these ever-adapting movements of design, are some of the biggest and best interior designers in the world.

For the very latest in interior design and for some beautiful inspiration, explore our collection of our favorite American interior design talents.

America's interior design stars

Some of the freshest interiors come courtesy of creatives in the US, and we have curated a collection of designers who are all making an impact on the world of interior design – in America and beyond.

1. Apartment 48

(Image credit: Apartment 48, David Land)

Following an organic approach that is based on storytelling to build strong narratives for the interiors he designs, Rayman Boozer expresses his talent through bright colors, vibrant materials and strong patterns – the result translates visually into optimistic spaces that are a joy to be in. 

Since founding Apartment 48 in 1994 in New York City, Rayman has honed his design voice and now helps clients to reveal their own through beautiful homes, offices and boutiques. Drawing inspiration from fashion, cinema and travel, he has an inimitable, effortless style that immediately catches the eye.

2. Becca Interiors

(Image credit: Becca Interiors, Victoria Eneziano)

Owner and principal designer Becca Casey grew up in the English countryside, before eventually moving to the other side of the Atlantic and launching her design career in New York City. 

Currently based in Connecticut where she leads her interior design firm, Becca Interiors, Becca brings her style – rooted in the UK – to homes across the US. Weaving vintage and custom designs with warm tonal finishes, she finds inspiration from many sources, including her travels back home to the UK and to other destinations. 

‘I think my work is unique in that it blends British and American influences,’ says Becca. ‘Though we may have a rich focus on patina and traditional English silhouettes, we are nuanced in serene backdrops and often play with scale, similar to styles you would find on the West Coast of the US.'

3. Commune

(Image credit: Commune, Stephen Kent Johnson)

Known for their work across architecture, interiors, and graphic and product design, Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht are the creative duo behind Los Angeles-based studio, Commune.

Collaborating with artists and artisans around the world, they chose a name that stands for community. While Roman was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and emigrated with his family to Miami where he studied film and art history, Steven grew up in New York and studied communication design, followed by painting and art history. Together they have designed the interiors of several Ace Hotels, including Kyoto, Chicago, Downtown LA and Palm Springs, in addition to boutiques, private homes and furniture. 

Throughout the years and the projects, their creative spirit has become the epitome of California cool.

4. Jean Stoffer Design

(Image credit: Jean Stoffer Design, John Stoffer)

Kitchen-centric interior design is Jean Stoffer’s trademark, but it’s not everything. ‘Although we work on new construction, we love old homes and maintaining their character while modernizing them for the way people live,’ she says. 

A family affair, the studio welcomed Jean’s adult children John, Grace and Daniel in 2016. Since then, they have opened a brick-and-mortar store in Michigan, called Stoffer Home, followed by an online shop. 

The launch of Stoffer Home Cabinetry crystallized Jean’s passion for British-inspired kitchens. With her TV show The Established Home and first book Establishing Home: Creating Space for a Beautiful Life with Family, Faith and Friends released last November, Jean never stops expressing her creativity.

Establishing Home: Creating Space for a Beautiful Life with Family, Faith and Friends by Jean Stoffer | $20.30 at Amazon
In Establishing Home, Jean tells her story of her life as a part-time receptionist to the founder of an award-winning home design company and star of the Magnolia Network’s show, The Established Home. Along the way, she shares what she learned about design, business, parenting, and relationships.

5. Ken Fulk

(Image credit: Ken Fulk, Brendan Mainini)

‘I don’t consider myself a designer as much as a director, casting a team of brilliant artisans and creating experiences from beginning to end,’ says Ken Fulk, who has offices on both the West and East coasts (in San Francisco and New York). 

‘Whether it’s a penthouse in London, a members’ club in Texas, or a yacht in the South Pacific, it’s always about making every moment matter – from the scent to the soundtrack to the wardrobe – and all the daily rituals that add up to a life well-lived.’ 

Currently working on an upcoming hospitality project located on Northern California’s best-kept secret destination, Ken is teaming up with veteran hotelier Clark Lyda to reimagine Mankas, an epicurean retreat at Point Reyes National Seashore, scheduled to debut in summer 2023. The duo also plans to transform New Orleans’ historic Soniat House and the Berkshires’ famed Blantyre estate.

6. McGrath II

(Image credit: McGrath II, Joshua McHugh)

Co-founded and led by Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, the NYC-based studio, McGrath II is known for infusing classic interior details into homes where past and present subtly intertwine through a holistic approach that makes every detail count. 

Passionate about layering textiles to bring life and energy to a room, Lauren – who worked as a fashion news writer at Teen Vogue for years – enjoys sourcing vintage and bespoke artisanal pieces globally to shape playful atmospheres with Suzanne, a former style editor and television producer for Martha Stewart Living Television – and the recipient of five Daytime Emmy Awards. 

The duo leaves no stone unturned in their quest for memorable interiors. ‘Quarterly trips to the UK and France are part of our work schedule to find antiques and lighting for our client’s interiors,’ they say.

7. Nicole Hollis

(Image credit: Nicole Hollis, Robert Schlatter)

With offices in San Francisco, California, and projects in Hawaii, Mexico and Napa Valley – to name only a few locations – creative director and principal Nicole Hollis – who leads her team with her husband, CEO Lewis Heathcote – designs timeless residential and hospitality interiors where elegance and sophistication are always reflected, without forgetting the bold touches. 

Constantly pulling inspiration from nature, fine art and fashion, Nicole Hollis weaves character into each project and collaborates with designers, craftspeople and artists to create custom pieces, with the ambition of ‘elevating the human spirit’ through the spaces conceived.

8. Roman and Williams

(Image credit: Roman and Williams, Landon Speers)

After designing sets for Hollywood films for a decade, principals Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer founded their multidisciplinary architecture and design studio, Roman and Williams in 2002, focusing on craftsmanship and history in all their projects – which range from NoMad London and the British Galleries at the Met to La Mercerie and their OVO furniture collection. 

Fascinated by nature, geometries and historical archetypes, they create timeless spaces and objects in pursuit of elevating the everyday. In 2017, the duo opened Roman and Williams Guild with a curated selection of furniture, lighting and home accessories designed by them and created by artisans from around the world. 

At the end of 2021, they launched Guild Gallery. ‘While the Guild celebrates a beauty that derives from function, the Gallery focuses purely on form. The Guild is all about an eclectic mix; the Gallery spotlights the object, artist and process,’ they say.

9. Romanek Design Studio

(Image credit: Romanek Design Studio, Michael P.H Clifford)

'We don’t have a stamp look,’ says Brigette Romanek. ‘We work to listen to our clients about what’s important to them and make that stunning.’ Case in point: Gwyneth Paltrow’s estate in Montecito. 

Brigette lived in different parts of the world before landing in Los Angeles, where she leads her studio filled with team members who – as she puts it – need to ‘think differently’. ‘I call my style “liveable luxe” – beautiful interiors that aren’t precious,’ she says. ‘Good design has a function and that’s to serve you and make sure you are comfortable. I make spaces that are meant to be enjoyed and not just looked at or used occasionally. They are soulful rooms.’

10. Sean Anderson Design

(Image credit: Sean Anderson Design, Haris Kenjar)

‘I’d say my layering is what I’m best known for,’ says Sean Anderson, a Mississippi native based in Memphis, Tennessee. ‘I love juxtaposing colors and textures that live within that classic, organic palette and finding new ways of presenting them.’ 

With his small team, Sean likes to mix high and low, pushing the boundaries a bit in either direction. ‘That’s part of what thrills me about this work – the tension created by colligating something light with something dark, or something rough with something fine,’ he says. ‘There’s a balance I seek out and when I feel the work is balanced, that means it’s complete.’

11. Sheila Bridges

(Image credit: Sheila Bridges, Nick Carter)

Creative visionary and design tastemaker, Sheila Bridges, has called Harlem her home for more than 25 years. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she lives and works in this neighborhood of New York City where she has created two of her most renowned projects: the 8,300-square-foot offices of former US president Bill Clinton and her custom-designed Harlem Toile de Jouy wallpaper, which is part of the permanent collections of several museums – including the Brooklyn Museum, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. 

Colors and multiple layers characterize Sheila’s sensitive work. With rich textures and visual surprises in every nook, her interiors, which feature the best of craftsmanship, are full of character. 

12. Studio Shamshiri

(Image credit: Studio Shamshiri)

Approaching design as a holistic process driven by human experience, Los Angeles-based Studio Shamshiri was founded by Pamela Shamshiri and her brother Ramin in 2016. 

‘The greatest compliment is when people think we didn’t do a thing, that this was all existing from the time the house was created,’ says Pamela, who has a background in production, art direction and set design. ‘We want our projects to feel like they were there forever with craftsmanship and integrity.’ 

Working on residential, commercial and hospitality spaces, the studio is also well-known for restoring homes originally designed by iconic architects. ‘We draw inspiration from the past to create environments uniquely attuned to the rhythms of contemporary life, spaces that nourish the mind, body and soul,’ says Pamela. ‘Our hope is the unexpected, homes that don’t remind you of anything you have seen before and might inspire a new vernacular in design.’

FAQs

How do I find the right interior designer?

Lots and lots of research goes into choosing the right interior designer.

All interior designers will have a unique style or specialty, so you will need to find someone who matches your design identity and with the needs and focus of your project.

From researching interior designers in your local area through design directories and magazines to spending time exploring portfolios online, once you have identified your sense of style and you're overall vision and inspiration for your project, find someone who can make your design dreams come to life.

Whether you're looking for an interior designer for an upcoming project, or are simply in need of some beautiful inspiration for your home, our collection of the American interior designers you need to know provides an inspiring starting point for many paths of design discovery.

Author / Karine Monié

THE WORLD’S TOP 10 INTERIOR DESIGNERS – Architecture and design are not static professions: Styles evolve, technologies advance, challenges propel. The following esteemed interior designers represent a fellowship of trailblazers and standard-bearers whose work is imaginative, intelligent, and inspiring. Check it out!

The next interior designers were selected for the characteristics they have in their projects like, sensations that provide, style, color, design, level of projects and prizes received. In this group are ten of the best interior designers in the world. Feel inspired by these professionals and get to know their work a little better.

 

KELLY WEARSTLER

 

The New Yorker dubbed her “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design,” but Kelly Wearstler is more rock star than matronly personage. Author, blogger, outré fashion plate, branding virtuoso (from sheets to jewelry), and decorator and muse of the Viceroy and Tides hotels—Wearstler cuts a profile as colorful as those of her clients (Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, among others).

See also: KELLY WEARSTLER, ‘ID’ Of The Week – Top 10 Interior Designers

 

PETER MARINO

 

“I want to create the illusion—and the reality—of permanence.” These are not Peter Marino’s words; they belong to the late Renzo Mongiardino, one of his biggest influences. But Marino’s work certainly embodies their wisdom. Like the Italian illusionist, Marino believes in the seamless integration of architecture and interiors and also happens to be an aesthetic polymath.

See also: PETER MARINO’ IT’ Of The Week – Top 10 Interior Designers

 

VICTORIA HAGAN INTERIORS

 

Victoria Hagan has long been respected for the intelligent integration of architecture and interior design. Her design philosophy features a refined use of materials, sophisticated color, and strong silhouettes. Victoria has been awarded many of the country’s top design honors, including Architectural Digest’s AD100.

See also: VICTORIA HAGAN INTERIORS, ‘ID’ Of The Week – Top 10 Interior Designers

 

HITCHCOX & STARCK- YOO

 

Since 1999, yoo has worked with international developers, designing landmark residential and hotel projects throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North and South America and the Middle East.

”YOO is a pioneering vision for living and the result of a partnership between property entrepreneur John Hitchcox and the ubiquitous designer, Philippe Starck.”

See also: Hitchcox & Starck Interiors,’ID’ Of The Week-Top 10 Interior Designers

 

RICHARD MEIER & PARTNERS ARCHITECTS

 

The Pritzker Prize and AIA Gold Medal winner, Citing Bernini and Borromini as influences as well as Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, the architect is well known for his abstracted, often white, buildings and unrelenting personal design philosophy.

Meier is perhaps the best known of the group for his use of white in his designs, which he believes enhances the qualities of light in space: “Whiteness allows the architectural ideas to be understood most clearly—the difference between opacity and transparency, solid and void, structure and surface,” he explains. “They have a greater clarity.”

See also: RICHARD MEIER,’ID’ Of The Week-Top 10 Interior Designers

 

MARMOL RADZINER

 

Marmol Radziner (founded 1989) is a Los Angeles-based design-build practice founded and led by architects Leo Marmol, FAIA and Ron Radziner, FAIA. The firm offers a full range of design services, including architectural design, programming, master planning, historic restoration, landscape design, interior design, and furniture design. Marmol Radziner specializes in residential, restoration, multifamily, commercial, retail, hospitality, educational, and community projects.

 

ALBERTO PINTO

 

Borrowing from various cultural influences from his earliest childhood, Alberto Pinto, an inescapable actor of interior design, has built his works on the interbreeding and mixture of genders from more than baroque to less than bare.

”Alberto Pinto Interior Design appropriates the eclectic taste of its international clientele in adjusting its decors to each of their desires all the while adding elegance which creates a balance within such opulence.  Classical or contemporary, intimate or gigantesque, at ease in all disciplines with the leitmotiv being a feeling of comfort and an expectation of the highest quality.”

 

ALAN WANZENBERG

 

Authenticity is the defining marker of this New York City architecture and interior-design standout, headed by Alan Wanzenberg. The 25-year-old firm’s stirring residential projects, among them a barnlike shingle-and-stone manor, a country house with a Lutyens-esque countenance, and a honey-toned apartment with a 1930s Parisian air, are endowed with the heft and solidity that come from traditional materials expertly handled.

 

EMILY SUMMERS

 

Her luxurious yet restrained interiors have won her and her firm the respect of the Southwest’s leading architects, particularly Antoine Predock and Lake | Flato. In the realization of her soulful contemporary style, Summers continually experiments with new materials and intriguing marriages of texture—a soft wool carpet lapping at the base of a board-molded concrete wall, Venetian plaster alongside plainly finished wood.

 

JOHN BARMAN INC.

 

Glamorous Op Art modernity is the specialty of John Barman’s Manhattan interior-design firm, as evidenced in airy high-rise apartments splashed with brightly hued art, textiles, and accessories. (Defining favorites include 20th-century glass, particularly Blenko, and contemporary paintings by such powerhouses as Karen Davie and Ross Bleckner.)

 

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