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- Previous Next2 of 32Tom Atwood
- Previous Next3 of 32Bethany Nauert
- Previous Next4 of 32Courtesy of Oliver Furth
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- Previous Next12 of 32Courtesy of Jess Field
- Previous Next13 of 32Courtesy of The Ubuntu Center
- Previous Next14 of 32Bruce Damonte
- Previous Next15 of 32Ditte Isegar
- Previous Next16 of 32Ditte Isegar/ Courtesy of Canvas Home
- Previous Next17 of 32Ditte Isegar/ Courtesy of Canvas Home
- Previous Next18 of 32Joe Fletcher/ Courtesy of Melanie Coddington
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- Previous Next24 of 32Xavier Béjot/Courtesy of Jean-Louis Deniot
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- Previous Next26 of 32Xavier Béjot/Courtesy of Jean-Louis Deniot
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- Previous Next30 of 32Karin Kohlberg
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The Storyteller2 of 32
Design Philosophy: "I believe that a home should be a visual biography of its owner. These pieces with personal history can mean so much more than a shiny new whatever," says L.A. designer Oliver Furth.
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Find a narrative: This bedroom was designed by Furth at Maison de Luxe show house at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif., last fall. He created the "daughter's bedroom" around the concept of inventing this fictional character to inhabit the room—a wealthy, uber-stylish 19-year-old girl who is interested in fashion and art. So the mix of antiques, vintage and contemporary pieces were significant here, as well as the mix of textures and materials. "I wanted to layer the room and really pack it with art, salon style," says Furth.
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Bring in bold colors, subtly: Nothing is impossible for this designer. "I often say that there are no wrong answers in design, but an infinite number of right answers; it's about finding the answer that is best," says Furth. Once, a client requested a color that was way too strong for the room, but he tempered it with lots of wood in order to absorb and neutralize it. On another occasion, Furth designed an 11-by-14-foot room that needed to function as an office, dining room, library, playroom and art studio. "Constraints are a designer's friend!"
The Naturalist5 of 32
Design philosophy: "Design is the constant and ever-evolving process of deconstructing and reconstructing," says South African designer Michou Osterwald. The craftsman gilds beautiful hand-carved bowls and trays with the goal of taking something from nature and reconstructing it into a new experience.
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Find unexpected pairings: Nature, specifically the biology-focused work of Richard Dawkins, drives Osterwald's curiosity about evolution, inspiring her to design this bean pod tray made of jacaranda and polished silver leaf. The fusion of nature and metal has been a big trend of the past year, and Osterwald predicts that it will grow for years to come. "No one really thinks up anything totally new, but we combine stuff differently!"
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Embrace the natural imperfections In your home accents: Known for her elegant centerpieces, the South African designer's biggest challenge is dealing with nature's curveballs. Each piece is unique, so what works to coat or mold one slab of wood doesn't necessarily work for others. Take a cue from Osterwald when working on your own DIY projects.
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Design philosophy: The husband and wife team of Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller make up the brilliant Carrier and Company. Having designed for trendsetting clients like Anna Wintour and Jason Wu, this NYC duo has made their mark on the design world with their keen eye and "pared-down take on traditional decorating."
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Make your space accessibly chic: In their own home, Carrier and Miller live among an abundance of artworks, many of which are gifts made by friends and family. "The interiors we create are familiar and comfortable, but lightened and modernized." One of their biggest design tips? "Things shouldn't be too precious. That said, it's always nice to have a cashmere throw—it's an easy luxury!"
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Change your perspective: One of their biggest design challenges was a house near Central Park that had distracting park views. Their solution? "We placed the dark velvet sofa with its back in the window bay, then layered the window with drapery, shades and decorative objects on the sill—to frame the leafy view, while keeping the interest inside the windows," says Carrier. Miller adds, "When sitting on the sofa, it made the park a more intimate experience, so it was the best of both worlds!"
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Use your mementos and treasures to inspire home design: Carrier and Miller wanted this West Village, N.Y., bedroom to feel cozy with a hit of girly traditionalism. "The inspiration was a tiny pink toile change purse the client handed us. So we covered the walls and windows in custom fabric by Quadrille," says Miller. Layering the bold pattern throughout directly represented the coin purse, while the tight color palette of pink and black tied it all together.
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Design philosophy: Northern California-based architect Jess Field already has years of experience under his belt. Influenced heavily by childhood safari excursions in South Africa and regular international travels, his aesthetic stems from his love of nature and an early attention to detail. "My goal is to create an architectural style that is both unique to each place and encourages the lifestyle that the family wants to live."
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Use local resources: Recognized for his work on the Ubuntu Center in South Africa as seen here, he always aims to incorporate the surroundings with the structure. "The new Ubuntu Center needed to house the education fund's growing HIV and community outreach programs," says Field. "Our goal was to create an inspirational building—in a place where no one believed it could exist—which instilled a sense of hope in the children of Zwide township. We used the familiar, local materials of concrete and long wooden gum poles put together in a contemporary way."
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Plan B may be better than Plan A: While the expansion of this hillside house in Portola Valley, Calif., was a beautiful intersection between manmade and forest, a recent wine cellar project taught Field the fickleness of nature. "We had developed a unique shading screen for the residence using reclaimed wine barrel staves," he says of using the narrow wooden strips. Right before installation, he discovered that the wood could carry a fungus that would damage the wine. Quick thinking and a slight change of plan created beautiful, textured concrete walls imprinted with the wine barrels.
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Design philosophy: London born product designer Andrew Corrie of Canvas created his line of ceramics, textiles, accessories and furniture by working with talented artisans and craftsman from all over the world. Known for the unstructured soft shapes and subtle colors, Corrie aims to support fair trade and green principles in his line. "We didn't invent the green movement, but we do feel that we have brought recycled and reclaimed products to a rather main stream market."
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Decorate within a color palette: "Because our pieces are often made out of reclaimed or recycled material, there is no guarantee that the material will always be available," says Corrie of the unexpected nature of designing for Canvas. This line of Spongeware ceramics plays up similar tones, something that Corrie encourages people to do at home. "You can see how different patterns and materials can work harmoniously when centered around a common hue."
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If you can't buy it, make it yourself: Two of his most in-demand pieces are the Chesterfield chaise and throw pillows. Corrie likes to think that "above all, Canvas designs products that are stylish, but extremely comfortable." His biggest design inspiration is his own home, and he has a penchant for all things DIY. "I often end up designing things for my home because I can't find what I want (or can't afford)! So making a piece with a predestined home and function gives me a huge kick."
The New Modernist18 of 32
Design philosophy: San Francisco interior designer Melanie Coddington knows a thing or two about design challenges. When asked to describe her style, she admits that it's an ever-evolving oxymoron, one that is best shown, not told. "I would call it Girly Modern. It's approachable, classic and feminine, and just the right amount of glam."
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Take a leap of faith: Named one of House Beautiful's top 20 young interior designers, Coddington hopes she can push that design envelope a bit by taking some calculated risks. In this living room, she furnishes with a mix of periods, as all the seating is vintage and recovered. Coddington used the oversized fabric shades to echo the pattern in the wallpaper. "I'd like to think I'm inspiring people to take risks and have more fun in design!"
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Design for your needs no matter the space: Even pros like Coddington are sometimes limited to cramped quarters. In her Bay Area home, she didn't really have a formal dining room. "Since I love entertaining, I carved a rather indulgent bar out of former dead space in the wall," says Coddington. "I really went glam and added a chandelier on a dimmer, gold reflective paint, glass shelves and mirror backing."
The Mix Master21 of 32
Design philosophy: Known for his whimsical design and clusters of high-art accessories, it's hard to imagine that Gary Spain is a black-and-white kind of guy. "If I look back at my projects over the years, it's clear that I always start with a black-and-white base and then add color where it makes a statement. It's a huge part of my work," says Spain, who has been dubbed by many in the interior design world as the next Jonathan Adler.
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Decorate in new and exciting spaces: A true trendsetter, Spain is one of only a few designers who are taking the bathroom and turning it into more than just an afterthought. Even in his own bathroom (pictured here), he houses part of his large collection of portraits. "I'm inspired by things with a life and a history and a patina. I like things that tell a story; I'm not interested in shiny and new. I gravitate toward items that make you look twice. I love things that leave you wondering, Wow, where did he get that thing?"
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Take cues from a variety of styles: "I also love to mix styles: French with Industrial, classic elements with funky modern pieces, high with low, mixing periods and styles is a signature of my look," says Spain of this living room. "I also use scale to make a statement—a big statement. I often use oversized art and sculpture to pull it off."
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Design philosophy: Known for his sophisticated, architectural and tailored designs, Jean-Louis Deniot roots his signature style in quintessential classic French style. His aesthetic based on true timelessness shows through in all his projects and has been recognized by countless publications, earning him numerous awards.
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Opt for rich, art-inspired wall colors: Instead of stark whites or safe creams, Deniot says he's drawn to shades of gray, blue, green and pink that were found on historical homes and buildings. "The paint is very heavily pigmented and the best quality I know. It's very thick, and the brushstrokes remain visible after application. The result is very deep, just like an Yves Klein monochrome [painting]."
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Break away from the pack: Just like the rest of us, Deniot falls in and out of the love with trends easily. Once it seems like everyone has a particular furnishing or has caught on to the latest craze, he moves on. "I used to like graphics; however, I'm totally tired of it now," says Deniot. "I'm drawn to textures, woven materials, blurry abstract motifs." Some new favorites to follow? "I love embroidered abstract patterns by Jean-François Lesage, modern hand-painted silk wallpaper by Fromental, and custom-made rugs by Fort Street."
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Design philosophy:Designers Robert Wilson and David Serrano are seeing a return to "luxury in a simpler, less fussy aesthetic, and that the recycled, repurposed, distressed look is waning." Known for being a bit ahead of the curve and for its bold color palettes, L.A. boutique Downtown has become the go-to place for innovative design ideas. Now the genius minds behind the unexpected style are gaining an everyday-man following with their accurate predictions of what's to come in the design community.
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Find a unique perspective: "We feel it's important to have a point of view, not just a collection of furniture and lighting. Therefore, our presentation is often as important as the object itself, whether it is the mix of furniture and fabrics we have chosen or finishes we use," says Wilson. Pictured here is the popular Nova Chandelier, a statement unto itself.
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Create dramatic moments throughout your home: Designing vignettes that are uniquely Downtown, Wilson and Serrano consistently strike artistic balances, mixing and matching different materials and periods but also dramatic color combinations, with their signature unexpected flair. Take note of this console and mirror arrangement. This artful arrangement could make for a striking entryway display, highlighting one major piece and complementing it with like-colored accents.
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Design philosophy: For over 25 years, Hariri & Hariri has been creating innovative work with their unique brand of "sensual modernism." Inspired by "organic forms and faceted geometry of rocks crystals and geological formations," Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri's inspiration has resulted in a series of award-winning architectural projects, product lines and a jewelry line. Now, their aesthetic is translating to the mainstream as more homeowners are embracing not just tree-lined landscapes, but also mountainous backyards.
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Embrace nature's variety: "Conceptually, this project simulates the rock formation, deposits and random composition of a quarry site where pieces of rocks are chiseled from the mountain and then cut to smaller pieces stacked up in a random fashion," says Mojgan of Salzburg Residential Complex in Austria. Building something very futuristic and modern amid the rough beauty of the mountain creates a juxtaposition of beauty and extremes.
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Turn design problems into assets: "When we were asked to design the Wilton pool house, the owners were very concerned about the distance between the existing house and the new construction, creating claustrophobic conditions," adds Mojgan. "We celebrated the closeness of two structures by creating a dialog between the old and the new, and making the pool house transparent and a simple structure framing the landscape. They tell us that they love it."
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