Introducing the 2023 AD 100, the best architects, interior designers, and landscape architects working today. These are the names we always return to when seeking for outstanding interiors that are both livable and gorgeous. Watch this space to learn more about the AD 100 From Europe in 2023!
AD 100 | Discover The European Designers Of 2023
The creators of Dimorestudio, Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci, from Milan, continue the tradition of visionaries who were not afraid to go bigger, bolder, and more colorful than ever before in Italian design history. But they actually turned their attention backwards in order to advance their own aesthetic. The designers’ obsession with the 1970s, which now permeates much of their work and is heavily influenced by the fashion industry—including an apartment in the Palazzo Fendi, the Hermès showroom at Salone, and a home goods line with Dior—began in 2015 when they became mesmerized by a 1970s floral pattern printed in a textile book. However, the Arts Club Dubai may be the place where Dimorestudio’s ’70s inspiration most proudest on exhibit. There, ten different varieties of technicolor marble are blended to create floors that are almost disco-like.
The evocative commissions created by Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli, the late mentor and legendary decorator Renzo Mongiardino’s spiritual heirs, at Studio Peregalli in Milan, bring history to life. The scholarly duo envisions a broad span of bygone aesthetics, from Renaissance magnificence to Victorian exuberance, realized by professional crafters employing age-old techniques, as shown in their mesmerizing books, The Invention of the Past (2011) and Grand Tour (2018), both from Rizzoli.
Vincenzo De Cotiis
The Politecnico di Milano-educated Vincenzo De Cotiis works at the intersection of architecture, interior design, and furniture design, following in the footsteps of Italian masters like Gio Ponti and Carlo Scarpa and valuing superior craftsmanship above all else. His sculptural furnishings, which are offered for sale and on show at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, frequently serve as inspiration for his interior design projects, which include yachts, several retail jobs, and homes in Ibiza, Paris, St. Moritz, and Cyprus.
Casiraghi Architecture d’Intérieur
The Italian-born, Paris-based Fabrizio Casiraghi has created an entrancing body of work since starting out at the Dimorestudio in Milan. His projects include stores for the fashion label Kenzo and candlemaker Cire Trudon, a skillful renovation of Paris’s renowned Drouant restaurant, and boutique hotels in posh locations. The internet went into overdrive when he furnished a lavish Parisian apartment with skirted yellow sofas and bronze painted-filigree plasterwork. “A beguiling harmony flavored with African and Asian allusions,” is how Casiraghi describes his aesthetic. And there’s more to come; three audaciously realized hotels are currently under construction in London, Sydney, and Paris.
Elliott Barnes Interiors
Elliott Barnes, an American living in Paris, developed his skills under the tutelage of the late Andrée Putman and worked as the firm’s director until opening his own office in 2004. In the beginning of his career, Barnes also had the opportunity to lecture at American institutions and the ENSAD (National School of Decorative Arts) in Paris. With his own company now, the Cornell University alumnus skillfully mixes residential work with hotel projects, including The Ritz-Carlton, historic Parisian maisons, and Javier Pastore’s home.
Joseph Dirand Architecture
After earning his degree in architecture from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville, Joseph Dirand became known as a rigid modernist who was fascinated by minimalism’s clean slate. At the age of 25, Dirand received the assignment to create the interiors of Junko Shimada’s Paris store, swiftly demonstrating his exceptional talent. Over time, the designer has developed an uniquely narrative approach to his work that feels significantly more vigorous.
Luis Laplace, an Argentine native, earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in architecture and urbanism from the Universidad de Belgrano in 1995. Later, he gained experience working with Annabelle Selldorf in New York before relocating to Paris, where he cofounded a business with his French colleague Christophe Comoy. Laplace is particularly drawn to art; he once told AD that “Art, art, and art!” best represented his sense of design; as a result, he creates interiors that are both creative and the ideal settings for art collections.
The architects at Studio KO first became friends while they were undergrads at Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts more than 20 years ago. After falling in love, Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier founded their business, which is now well known for its handcrafted, rustic minimalism. Fournier has stated that the human touch should be highlighted rather than erased. Imperfections are inevitable in the process. Although it is our language, you can only tell if you can feel it. The design team has worked on projects all over the world, including the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, the Balmain boutiques in New York and Los Angeles, and André Balazs’s Chiltern Firehouse hotel in London.
Pierre Yovanovitch founded his own studio in Paris in 2001 after switching careers from apparel design for Pierre Cardin to interior design. Since entering the interior design field, Yovanovitch has developed a particular love for going back in time and giving old buildings a contemporary makeover. The AD100 designer says, “I frequently work on 17th- and 18th-century residences, but I believe they must live in our day.”
The bubbly Beata Heuman, a native Swede who studied under British style guru Nicky Haslam, asserts that “the best design combines form, function, and personality.” She describes her mischievous, family-friendly aesthetic as combining “a Scandinavian attention to detail with the desire to create something original and characterful.” In the fresh-faced rooms that Heuman conjures from Nantucket, Massachusetts, to Hamburg, Germany, to the United Kingdom, bespoke furnishings (imagine a bed perched atop white-wood lion’s paws) meet fabrics and wallpaper of decidedly mirthful mien (a dining room appears to be entirely encased in penciled doodles).
In 2019, Francis Sultana honored his late mother Marie-François with a special line of furniture as he marked the tenth anniversary of the design company bearing his name. According to Sultana, “My mother was, if you will, my first client; she enabled me to try out looks on her house.” As you turn the pages of the book, two themes will immediately become apparent: first, the strong Mediterranean-meets-classicism influence of Sultana’s native Malta; and second, a fondness for the fine arts, which accounts for his clientele of art collectors from all over the world.
Rose Uniacke Interiors
Rose Uniacke worked as an antiques dealer and a furniture restorer before she became an interior designer; both occupations have a significant influence on her current work. The AD100 designer creates sparsely furnished, soul-stirring spaces for her primarily U.K.-based clients, including Peter Morgan, Jo Malone, Victoria, and David Beckham. These settings frequently include a captivating combination of unfinished floorboards, pale hand-plastered walls, vintage Scandinavian furniture, and a scattering of evocative antiques. Her style has evolved to include blending the ancient and the new, if not as its distinguishing feature.
Veere Grenney Associates
Veere Grenney’s interiors are characterized by three essential characteristics: harmony, clarity, and balance. “Pared-down classicism, like that practiced in the early-19th century by the architect Sir John Soane, continually serves as inspiration,” says Grenney, who, before founding his London-based business two decades ago, was a director at the prestigious British decorating firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. The designer combines modernism and classicism, the modest and the spectacular, but notably beauty and comfort, for his residential buildings around the world, from Mustique to Morocco to London.
Bjarke Ingels Group
A spiraling, partially underground museum dedicated to watchmaker Audemars Piguet. a city of the future created to test autonomous automobiles. a former ferry converted to a floating house with unique design. a Malaysian archipelago with a focus on sustainability. a partnership with NASA to construct 3D-printed homes on the moon. Founded by Danish design icon Bjarke Ingels, this multinational company produces the type of modern icons that broaden the concept of what the built environment might look like—and how it can better our lives and the world—or worlds—we inhabit.
Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
“Context, culture, and the client—the end result needs to be a response to how they wish to live,” is Martin Brudnizki’s straightforward creative tenet. For the stylish interior architect and designer from Stockholm, it’s a good thing that his followers, including ultra-covert financiers and industry titans like Soho House, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and The Birley Group, value high style that’s been significantly boosted by irreverent maximalism. His stunning 2018 renovation of Annabel’s, the infamously seedy London exclusive club, has more trelliswork than the Château de Versailles, a disco with golden columns shaped like palm palms, a mirror ladies lounge with a ceiling covered in pink artificial peonies, and more trelliswork overall.
Vincent Van Duysen
It is hardly surprising that Vincent Van Duysen was influenced by the work of architects like Luis Barragán, Le Corbusier, and Louis Kahn given the almost monastic purity that distinguishes his quietly stunning assignments. The Belgian designer’s sparsely furnished rooms are given a depth by fine touches like silky plaster finishes, dry wood textures, and hazy colors. The Kvadrat shop in Milan, the Winery VV by Vinetiq in Puurs, Belgium, and a number of the rooms of Kim Kardashian’s Calabasas estate are a few of Vincent Van Duysen’s most notable designs.