Europe is the home of some of the absolutely best interior designers in the world, many of them became internationally recognized icons of the industry, mentors and ultimate taste makers. Take a look at our list 10 best interior designers in Europe, most of them can be also found on the AD top 100 list.
Adjaye Associates was established in June 2000 by founder and principal architect, David Adjaye OBE. Receiving ever-increasing worldwide attention, projects range in scale from private houses, exhibitions and temporary pavilions to major arts centres, civic buildings and masterplans in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Renowned for an eclectic material and colour palette and a capacity to unfold cinematically, the buildings differ in form and style, yet are unified by their ability to challenge typologies and to generate a dynamic cultural discourse.
Completed works include: the Alara Concept Store in Lagos, Nigeria (2015); Marian Goodman Gallery, London (2014); Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO in Moscow (2010); The Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo (2005); The Bernie Grant Arts Centre in London (2007); Rivington Place in London (2007); and the Idea Stores on Chrisp Street (2004) and Whitechapel (2005) – two pioneering new libraries in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The former was nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2006, received a RIBA Building Award in 2005 and has been exhibited at the VIII Venice Biennale of Architecture (2002 and 2005) and the Sao Paulo Biennial (2003).
Borrowing from various cultural influences from his earliest childhood, Alberto Pinto, an inescapable actor of interior design, built his works on the interbreeding and mixture of genders from more than baroque to less than bare. One of the absolutely best interior designers in Europe and in the world, he remains an inspiration for every professional in this field. The Alberto Pinto agency is today an interior design and decoration office of 60 people whose domains of intervention cover not only the realization of private residences, office buildings, hotels, but also yachts or private jets.
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Jacques Garcia’s work speaks boldly and with uncommon impact. The Paris-based designer’s much-admired hotel projects—like the latest NoMad in New York City and a revamp of La Mamounia in Marrakech—are ardently romantic cocoons, their moods ranging from modern opulence to boho-chic. Even more majestic are the gilded residences he conceives for clients such as the Sultan of Brunei and for himself, as evidenced in the stunning forthcoming book Twenty Years of Passion: Château du Champ de Bataille (Flammarion), which describes Garcia’s 17th-century Normandy estate. The furniture he designs for McGuire and Baker is suavely sensual, while his creations for Interna Collection are deluxe neo-Victorian.
Established in 1985, David Collins Studio is an architectural based consultancy which has redefined luxury interior design on a global scale. The founder of the studio – David Collins – was determined to bring a new form of thinking to the design industry. The vision was clear: projects that are a sophisticated counterpoint between aesthetics and rationale. Inspired by the approach of 20th century modernist titans like Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier and Mies Van Der Rohe, David envisaged a studio that employed a team covering all elements of interior and architectural practice. This multidisciplinary team facilitated a multifaceted approach ensuring an initial concept could be developed, detailed and successfully delivered through to the final stages, thereby adhering to Van Der Rohe’s adage that “God is in the details”.
The studio is proud to have been involved in designing unique projects for a wide range of clients both in the commercial worlds of high fashion as well as the design of some of London’s most loved and revered restaurants, hotels and bars.
Architect, designer, and scenographer India Mahdavi was born in 1962 in Tehran, Iran. Raised by a Persian father and Egyptian-English mother, Mahdavi lived in Iran for the first year and a half of her life, then spent the rest of her childhood traveling with her parents, living in the U.S., Germany, and France. Currently India Mahdavi lives and works in Paris.
This culturally diverse lifestyle, that made her one of the best interior designers in Europe and in the world, is reflected in her inspired, eclectic designs, which range from homes, hotels, and commercial spaces to airplane interiors and furniture.
Mahdavi’s work is minimal yet playful, and characterized by a combination of humor, elegance, and sensuality. Notable projects include the Hotel du Cloitre in Arles, Coburg Bar at London’s Connaught Hotel, Monte Carlo Beach in Monaco, Rivington Hotel in Manhattan, and Townhouse Hotel in Miami. She has collaborated with names like Ralph Pucci, Jonathan Morr, Ian Schrager, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton.
French interior designer born in 1944. After completing his training at the École Boulle and the École Camondo, Grange made a career as a decorator in France and abroad from the 1970s. His main customers included Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, for whom he decorated the Château Gabriel, in Benerville-sur-Mer, in the style of In Search of Lost Time. His usual customers include Isabelle Adjani, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Alain Ducasse, François Pinault, Robert Agostinelli, Valentino, and Karl Lagerfeld. In New York, he provided the decoration of Paloma Picasso’s jewelry shop, of the Mark Hotel on Madison Avenue, and of the Barbizon Hotel.
His style is characterized by a harmony between traditional and contemporary tastes, with an assortment of styles that follows the line of Madeleine Castaing, who taught him the art of decoration.
Our list of bes interior designers in Europe could not miss Jean-Louis Deniot. The designer has long been in the business of creating atmospheres. His décors are his playground, spaces where spontaneity and magic are de rigueur. Recognized worldwide for his eclectic and emblematic interiors, Jean-Louis Deniot plays in a multiplicity of repertoires, never sticking to purity of style, rather letting his academic training translate into a vocabulary that is both informal and bold. If he does contemporary, it is always with a weighty dose of history and references infused into it to produce a timeless yet timely scenario.
His past projects span houses in the Hamptons, an apartment in Chicago, chalets in Aspen, private residences in Miami Beach, an entirely revamped original Paul Williams property in Beverly Hills, an Art Deco city house and a palace in New Delhi, a 1930’s style penthouse in Milan, a summer house in Capri, a 70’s style apartment in Colombia, and an estate in Monaco. Paris is home to several stunning achievements such as mansions and private apartments among countless others.
Juan Pablo Molyneux is an internationally acclaimed interior designer. A committed classicist, he creates spirited interiors that are rooted in history without being historical recreations. His work is bold, eclectic, witty…and unmistakably his own.
The United States and France are two countries close to Molyneux’s heart, and he maintains offices in both of them. He established the New York studio in the early 1980’s and the one in Paris in the late 1990’s. Paris has always been one of the designer’s favorite cities.
Working on several continents, Molyneux has created private residences in South America, the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. His public spaces include the Pavilion of Treaties for the Federation of Russia in St. Petersburg and several public rooms of the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée in Paris. He has also designed the interiors of a Boeing 737, private jets, and a number of suites aboard the ocean liner “World of Residensea.
A citizen of the world, Molyneux brings to each project he takes on a wide-ranging curiosity about all matters aesthetic. His interiors reflect a strong sense of place.
Kelly Hoppen is a world-renowned British designer who has pioneered a simple yet opulent style that has permeated interior design at every level. As well as designing apartments, houses and yachts for an ever-expanding international private client list, Kelly also undertakes commercial design projects including hotels, restaurants, office spaces and aircraft interiors. Definitely one of the top tastemakers and interior designers in Europe
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NH Design is one of the world’s most distinguished and prolifically published interior design firms, renowned for opulent, original and timeless interiors. Since Nicky Haslam founded his first company in 1972, NH Design now operates worldwide under the direction of a multinational staff, having recently completed projects in New Orleans, Barbados, Klosters Switzerland, while currently working on sites in Moscow, The South of France, Marrakech, New York, Italy, Ireland, London and several English country houses.
Main clients have included, among hundreds, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Bryan Ferry, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hong Kong, both Maurice and Charles Saatchi, Rupert Everett, Alec Wildenstein, Mr & Mrs Peter Soros, Oleg Deripaska, Janet de Botton and the playwright Hugh Bush. He has also designed parties for the Prince of Wales, Lord Rothschild, Sir Evelyn and Lady de Rothschild, and Tina Brown.
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