The following article will serve as an honouring piece for those we were selected by Architectural Digest as the top 100 architects and designers of this passing year. Changing the world with their creations, these ground-breaking designers willing to go beyond their limits in order to create the most extraordinary products of artistry. In this proficient selection courtesy of AD, these artists will be categorised by their specialities within the design world. Meet AD100 2017: Top 100 Architects and Designers by Architectural Digest is the short version of that top by Interior Design Shops.
“The Avant-Garde – 8 architectural powerhouses whose soaring structures are reshaping the world’s skylines”
BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)
Bjarke Ingels is known for creating cutting-edge designs, whether it is punctuating cityscapes with daring towers or devising innovative public spaces. Overall, the group never seizes to amaze design enthusiasts as you can see by the image depicted above of the Grove, in Miami.
“The Classicists – 4 Superstar talents refreshing history’s lessons for contemporary life”
G. P. Schafer Architect
The Designer’s main goal is to design comfortable and accommodating houses that have a timeless distinction. His primary source of inspiration is American House architects of the Colonial Revival period. He designed this marvellous pool house in Connecticut that takes the form of a luxurious barn with stone walls.
“The Modernists – 9 cutting-edge architects who put a poetic spin on pure forms”
Leroy Street Studio
The Studio is represented by Marc Turkel, Morgan Hare, and Shawn Watts and they design intelligent, responsible, inquisitive, and enduring buildings. Their next project will entail going back to design basics, meaning understated and thoughtfully crafted architecture.
“American Beauties – Classic American decorating never looked better in the hands of these homegrown talents”
Bilhuber and Associates
Bilhuber designs can be identified as being traditional while incorporating modern practicalities. To him, it is paramount to have a passion for decorative arts and a creation should always reflect a family or individual’s history. David Bowie was one of his most distinguished clients as well as Mariska Hargitay.
“The Connoisseurs – The sophisticated stylists who know how to curate five-star interiors”
Daniel Romualdez Architects
Epitomising the essence of luxe interiors, Romualdez believes that “form follows function—a home, no matter how beautiful, does not succeed if it’s not comfortable.” A particular distinction of this designer is the considerable amount of styles he utilises when decorating, always having in consideration thought-provoking and cultivated perspectives.
“British Invasion – England’s leading lights create stylish rooms admired around the world”
Nicky Halsam Studio
Haslam is not entirely too concerned about the aesthetics of design instead he sees the art form as intuitive and perpetual. Recently, he developed a colour collection for Paint the Town Green.
“French Connection – Maestros of the chic and luxurious with a Parisian point of view”
Agence Charles Zana
The Forerunner of the French firm best described his style as contemporary classicism. Within, his recent projects were a London’s Kensington House Hotel and a Guy Martin restaurant at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport.
“The New Traditionalist – Savvy interpreters of the past who breathe new life into the tried and true”
From city homes to large country estates, the Spanish designer finds her roots when designing “Magical homes that are sensitive to the architecture and faithful to their place.”
“The Daredevils – 5 audacious visionaries whose rooms are all about shock and awe”
Renowned for her vivacious and colourful compositions, Kelly Wearstler knows how to perfectly blend daring textures with bold colours while telling a fulfilling story –“I want to tell evocative design stories, adventurous and full of soul.” Her clientele list goes from Cameron Diaz to Gwen Stefani and quite recently she has designed the interiors of Proper Hotels in Austin, San Francisco, and Los Angeles alongside Brad Korzen.
“Young Guns – The next generation of trendsetters, tastemakers, and design gurus”
Dan Fink Studio
The Interior design studio focal point lies on classical designs but they could also be construed as modern. They have developed successful projects in San Fransisco, New Zealandm and Maui.
Hitmakers – 7 superstars who put the magic into today’s hottest hotels and restaurants
The Design firm is managed by Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht. Their eclectic designs are of international and historical nature. Presently, they have a collection for Christopher Farr Cloth consisting of fabrics, wallpaper and rugs as well as a lighting set for Remains Lighting.
“Color Geniuses – These decorators are fearless when it comes to bold colors and brash patterns”
Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson develop cosmopolitan and sumptuous designs. According to them, their next project will involve “unexpected surfaces of glass, metal, and poured resin.”
William T. Georgis Architect
“Inhabit the moment, acknowledge history, honor your client, and create sublime beauty,” this is what drives William T. Georgis into creating marvellous interiors, from restaurants to private residences.
“Groundbreakers – 5 landscape design firms that conjure the most glorious gardens in the world”
Agence Louis Benech
Known for combining French formalism with English naturalism, the French designer was responsible for creating the first new garden in Versailles. You can see his featured work in the image above depicted of a landscape garden in Dar Ahlam. Amongst his main clients are Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, and the princess of Monaco.
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