First of all, sorry for our title, because there won´t be any Interior designers All-Star Game. However, as a rookie, you should pay respect to these big fellas. True sharks on the industry, with innovative, creative and glamorous aesthetics, these are the professionals that love the game and will forever be immortalized. They all have something similar. Honored by Architectural Digest they all go down in history, as one of the revolutionaries of interior design. So? Are you gonna ball with them or just play sidelines?
With no further delay, here is our Hall of Fame.
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Mark Hampton LLC
Since Alexa Hampton took the reins of Mark Hampton LLC, her father’s iconic firm, as owner and president in 1998, she has advanced its legacy of elegant, practical, classically based interiors for modern living – and extended its global reach.
From New York City to Hangzhou, China, her project portfolio encompasses luxe, beautifully layered urban apartments, expansive town and country residences, private airplanes, and yachts. Regularly named to Architectural Digest’s AD100, House Beautiful’s Top Designer list, and Elle Decor’s A-List, Hampton translates the classical principles of good design and decoration into some of today’s most elegant, enduring, and functional domestic landscapes.
Michael S. Smith Inc.
Michael Smith is considered one of the most original and respected talents in the design industry today. With an international profile of residential, hospitality and commercial clients, Smith’s style is a seamless blend of European classicism and American modernism—always fresh, always evolving, always underscored by the belief that everyone should live with things they love.
He possesses a curator’s knowledge of and appreciation for the past, nurtured by studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum and extensive work in the antiques business. Whether in designing his own collection or in the interiors he creates for his clients, a deep respect for tradition—viewed through a modern eye—is ever-present.
For decades Waldo has been synonymous with L.A. sophistication and savoir-faire, astutely mixing distinctive furnishings and artworks in cosmopolitan yet eminently comfortable homes for celebrities from Elizabeth Taylor to Tobey Maguire.
He further makes his mark on the city by reimagining such institutions as the restaurant Spago and the Forum, the storied former sports arena the designer is helping to revive as an elite concert venue.
And with his growing international commissions (including an outpost of Wolfgang Puck’s high-style chophouse Cut at the forthcoming Four Seasons in Bahrain), the rest of the world is getting a taste of Waldo’s irrepressible spirit.
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Anthony Ingrao is the principal of Ingrao Inc., an internationally acclaimed architecture and design firm established in 1982 and based in New York City. He partners with Randy Kemper in design and Bryan Brown in Architecture and is assisted by 36 designers and architects.
With projects all over the world, Ingrao has not only redefined the world of modern luxury but has become a name synonymous with refinement, quality and unique style. Light, texture, scale, unexpected unique materials and the relationship between the interior with its surroundings are at the forefront of Ingrao’s design process.
Ingrao Inc. is widely known for private residential projects in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Pebble Beach, Aspen, Palm Beach, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Miami. Their projects can also be found around the world, such as in Tel Aviv, Monaco, St. Tropez, South of France, Moscow, Saudi Arabia, Paris, and Hong Kong. Ingrao has designed private homes for Howard Stern, Jack Welch, Kim Cattrall, Donnie Deutsch, Goldie Hawn, as well as many of the world’s most influential financial power brokers and Real Estate moguls.
Kelly Wearstler’s eponymous global luxury lifestyle brand is renowned for its distinctive designs and sophisticated soulful vibe pioneered by the celebrated interior designer. The brand’s breadth of influence spans from residential and commercial interior design to curated collections of furniture, lighting, rugs, fabrics and trims, wall coverings, luxe bedding, fine china, decorative home accessories, jewelry and objets d’art.
With a signature style that juxtaposes raw with refined, melds color, sophistication and spirited spontaneity, and seamlessly blends diverse periods of furniture under one roof, Wearstler has revolutionized the look, feel and meaning of modern American design. Wearstler’s designs attract and inspire an enviable roster of A-list clientele from the film and music industries, as well as top celebrities, and tastemakers worldwide.
Her trademark sumptuous and vibrant interiors imbue luxury hotels and grand residences from Beverly Hills to the Caribbean and around the globe. Among Wearstler’s expansive and diverse lifestyle portfolio are collaborations with some of the most respected global brands across the luxury market space. Wearstler’s lifestyle brand boasts its own bespoke furniture collection as well as a favored and long-standing presence on vintage and antique online retailer 1stdibs.
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So kiddo? Did you learn something? If you are thinking about following an interior designer career, go for it, and keep dreaming, because maybe one day you will be able to play side by side with these legends. It´s up to you.
Have a nice one and we hope to see you tomorrow same time. Meanwhile…Keep practicing!
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