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This Years AD100 | Meet the Interior Designers From United States (Part II)

This Years AD100  is here! At AD they perpetually celebrate architects and designers—they are rock stars—but they do so with particular intentionality in annual AD100 2023 issue, which includes their much-anticipated list of the most exciting talents in the world. The homeowners themselves, without whom these inspiring, ambitious spaces would definitely not exist, however, are the ones who possess the greatest amount of patience, faith, and vision. Meet the Interior Designers From United States at AD100 !

This Years AD100 | Meet The ID’s From United States

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber has a knack for staying active. The decorator, who was honored with the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York School of Interior Design, not only collaborates with A-list clients like Mariska Hargitay, Iman, and the late David Bowie, but she also creates a variety of product lines, such as flat weave carpets for Elson & Co. and porcelain dinnerware for de Gournay. Five books for Rizzoli have either been written by him or about him, including Everyday Decorating and The Way Home: Reflections on American Beauty. But regardless of the media used for his projects, you can always count on finding a dash of tradition combined with cutting-edge design.

Joy Moyler Interiors

Joy Moyler attributes her career to her time spent there when she was 14 years old. She was mesmerized by the hues, textures, angles, light, enticement, smells, and fragrances of Madrid and Barcelona, not to mention their stunning architecture. Years later, Moyler has developed what she calls a “classic and crisp with a current vibe” aesthetic and taste. After periods working for John Saladino, Thierry Despont, and what she refers to as “Ralph Lauren University,” she acquired this fashionable look.

Julie Hillman Design

According to Hillman of Julie Hillman Design, “working for 10 years as a ready-to-wear designer provided me a strong understanding of textiles, which has been invaluable.” “I want my interiors to be unexpectedly gorgeous and subtle to the eye.” They are, too. She draws inspiration from anything from Donald Judd sculptures to the old-meets-new juxtapositions of Copenhagen’s streetscapes for her contemporary yet elegantly eclectic domestic habitats (Manhattan town houses, a Hamptons escape, an Aspen retreat). She claims, “From my everyday walk to work to traveling to view art and architecture, I am continuously looking at art and design.”

Kelly Behun Studio

Young designer Behun, now of Kelly Behun Studio, was given a task during her first days of work at the in-house studio of Ian Schrager Hotels: to observe legendary French designer Andrée Putman as she renovated Morgans, which she had designed and is frequently referred to as the first boutique hotel. A better training ground than that is difficult to imagine, claims Behun, who previously worked with Philippe Starck. Now, at her own namesake design company, a glimmer of Schrager’s storied style may be seen in her work on projects where excellent art and daring furnishings come together brilliantly.

Leyden Lewis Design Studio

The designer tells AD that at Leyden Lewis, “we have a love for making theater for life.” Given that the Brooklyn-based Parsons School of Design alum is somewhat of a triple threat in the aesthetic world: The decorator has a distinguished background as a fine artist and was trained as an architect. This latter activity adds to his overall admiration of modern paintings and sculpture, which runs through his interiors in a steady and occasionally vibrant thread. The five boroughs of New York are the ideal setting for Lewis to accomplish his aim of achieving “fluid integration between life and art,” since he has a number of projects in the city planned, including a duplex in the Meatpacking District and a model residence at 9 DeKalb.

Markham Roberts Inc.

Markham Roberts believes that flexibility is the key to success. The designer, who is based in New York and trained with Mark Hampton before starting his own business in 1997, is equally at home working with ancient Chinese designs as he is with cutting-edge modern art. Perhaps this explains why his diverse clientele around the world has hired him for jobs on mountain chalets and urban penthouses, among other things.

Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd.

Rafael de Cárdenas was motivated to quit his job as a clothes designer for Calvin Klein in order to pursue a degree in architecture after reading a New York Times article that referred to Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao as “the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe.” In 2006, he established his own business and gained a reputation for designing evocative environments for both residential and commercial projects, such as the Manhattan showroom for Ulla Johnson, the Baccarat flagship store in New York, and the Seoul Kenzo boutique.

Redd Kaihoi

Designer Miles Redd appointed David Kaihoi a partner at his namesake company in 2019 and changed the firm’s name to reflect the new partnership—Redd Kaihoi was created. For more than ten years, the pair has collaborated, fusing Redd’s eccentric style (informed by his studies under antiquarian John Rosselli and designer Bunny Williams) and Kaihoi’s artistically influenced vision (he met Redd when he was working as an art installer and ceramist).

Robert Stilin

Robert Stilin is knowledgeable about the history of design. He has surrounded his New York City house with renowned items like a Pierre Chapo chair, a Charlotte Perriand stool, and a Paul Laszlo lamp. And he has assembled a sizable collection of works of art. “I won’t buy it if I have even the slightest doubt. I’ll find a way to incorporate it into my life if I keep thinking about it, he asserts. Stilin develops cozy, livable homes that radiate warmth for his clients using his comprehensive design expertise and refined artistic taste.

Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors

Since establishing Roman and Williams in Manhattan in 2002, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch have won praise for their ability to transfer time-honored customs into modern settings, with architecture and interiors firmly based in a current paradigm of workmanship and history. The husband-and-wife team, in addition to designing residences for celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, has established trends with their renowned work on hotels, restaurants, and cultural institutions, including London’s Nomad Hotel, The Tin Building, the British Galleries at The Met Museum, and the city’s most talked-about club Maison Estelle.

RP Miller

Rodman Primack is not frightened of color, which is evident in his firm RP Miller’s daring interiors, which range from a luxurious London townhouse to a rustic Kentucky farmhouse and a tropical getaway in Hawaii. For his initiatives, he uses his network of international craftspeople, sometimes even turning to his own in-house developed fabrics. A line of tabletop home products by RP Miller and lifestyle company The Elder Statesman includes glassware from a family-run studio in Venice and Talavera pottery from Mexico (Primack and his husband live in Mexico City).

S.R. Gambrel Inc.

The goal of S.R. Gambrel is straightforward, according to Steven Gambrel: “Create an environment that seems synonymous with the architectural vernacular and the essence of the client’s lifestyle.” In other words, although drawing on history, his interiors also have a lot of personality. In addition to working on residential and commercial projects from Aspen to Miami to Hong Kong since establishing S.R. Gambrel in 1996, the designer has also launched a lighting collaboration with The Urban Electric Co., an accessories line with Lacquer Company, and bathroom fixtures with Waterworks.

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