Fifty Best Interior Designers
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Interior Design as a separate career or pursuit, one that could actually be profitable, is an early 20th century phenomenon. Previously, even nobles and the aristocracy used furniture workrooms and drapers to decorate their homes – essentially tradesman with perhaps a local reputation. The concept of the interior designer as a paid professional and later a celebrity status arose after the work of four brilliant early pioneers set the stage – literally, the room as a stage – for all the talent that would come as the 20th century progressed.

The early “designers”, all women – Elsie de Wolfe, Syrie Maugham, Sybil Colefax and Dorothy Draper brought their unique perspective and their personal style to a world chocking on the bric-a-brac of Victorian style. Their individual aesthetics would change the very nature of decorating homes.


Buatta interior design


In the 1950’s, Mario Buatta and Sister Parrish established their uniquely American styles. Buatta proved that interior designers could attract licenses for everything from furniture and fabrics, to lamps and linens. The interior designers of today are lauded in magazines and books devoted solely to the world of interior design. Celebrity interior designers now have their own TV shows, product lines and books.

Since to-the-trade design centers across the U.S. are closed to consumers, a designer by your side opens an entire universe of choices. Although the best-known maintain offices in Los Angeles and New York, there are interior designers in every city in the U.S., and local ASID chapters can assist in pointing out regional designers near you. Many of today’s most celebrated interior designers are as unschooled as the earliest Grand Dames of design, but they have that ineffable quality – taste. Their work sets the tone for an elegantly-lived lifestyle– whether ultra-modern, Hollywood-glam or French Country, interior designers create the cocoons of our desires.

- Marcia Sherrill


The Fifty Best Interior Designers

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Mon. May 30, 2016 12:59 PM - by: Ingrid Bergman
I am missing more international names....Have a look at Eric! A brilliant Dutch Interior Designer with an impeccable taste.
Fri. March 18, 2016 11:30 PM - by: Valter
God bless, I'm designer, woodcarver, art furniture creator. Check out my website for one of a kind furniture, design, art and mailboxes and welcome any orders for tour own unique art!
Wed. March 16, 2016 3:32 AM - by: Tj Bakewell
Haha this is the first list I have seen that doesn't include Kelly Hoppen! Interesting, I have recently hired a luxury interior design surrey for my house before I sell it. Im hoping this will increse the market value before I sell it.
Mon. February 15, 2016 9:25 PM - by: Passion Homes
Kindly visit for designers rich home textiles. Inspired by antiques reproductions of European,Victorian museum collections with intricate hand embroideries & appliques.curtain panels,tablecovers,runners,wall tapestry, cushions.
Tue. February 2, 2016 2:51 PM - by: poonam gupta
i am collector of all kinds hand woven rugs,and organic cotton duvecovers stitch myself
Sun. January 17, 2016 8:23 AM - by: tamoy
I was really expecting to see Candice Olson
Mon. December 14, 2015 8:22 AM - by: Girish Sharma
I am manufacturer of Venetian mirror and murono style mirror doing this from last 2deacade we do custom Designing my mirror are sold in leading stores of United States , Europe and Middle East . Pls visit my web . www.
Mon. September 7, 2015 5:20 PM - by: Patrick
Sandra Espinet is a great add to your list. Her luxe beach style is so great and unique in this group. Living in Cabo and doing some of the most exclusive houses on the West Coast, I think Sandra is a very smart add
Tue. April 7, 2015 4:20 PM - by: Bradley
Gotta add Charles Neal to this list. His look is so different from the norm and beautiful! Check him out at:
Wed. October 1, 2014 12:03 AM - by: Stuart Cooke
What about Billy Baldwin and William Pahlmann? Think these are glaring omissions.
Tue. September 2, 2014 3:47 PM - by: Jim
It seems joe Nahem is on all the otter Best lists. Why not yours??
Fri. November 15, 2013 11:08 AM - by: Edward G. Austrich

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