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Top 10 contemporary interior designers

Architecture and design are not static professions: styles evolve, technologies advance, challenges propel. With the new year coming, we decided it’s time to update our list of top 10 interior designers in the world. The following famous interior designers represent a fellowship of standard-bearers whose work is imaginative, intelligent, and inspiring. All of them you probably already know from our previous articles and project galleries.


Kelly Wearstler is an American designer and one of the very top interior designers in the world, admired for her bold designs and amazing interior projects. She served as a judge on Bravo’s Top Design and in 2012 Rizzoli published her fourth book, Rhapsody. Under the pseudonym Kelly Gallagher, she is Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for September 1994. The New Yorker once called her “the presiding grand dame of West Coast interior design”.


Featured on the ELLE Decor and AD 100 lists of the best interior designers in the world, Jean-Louis Deniot 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.


Peter Marino is one of the major inspirations for LUXXU’s blog! His projects are full of glamour and elegance, but always with that eccentric touch on room decoration that is one of his images. “I want to create the illusion—and the reality—of permanence.” These are not Peter Marino’s words; they belong to the late Renzo Mongiardino, one of his biggest inspirations. But Marino’s work certainly embodies this wisdom. Like the Italian illusionist, Peter Marino believes in the seamless integration of architecture and interiors and also happens to be an aesthetic polymath.


David Collins Studio combines imagination and creativity to develop luxury interior design and architectural projects across the globe. Established in 1985 by the late David Collins and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the studio has redefined how people live through a series of bespoke and innovate works, each of which has a definite sense of place.


Marcel Wanders is a Dutch designer that got the world’s attention in 1996 with his iconic Knotted Chair. Regarded by many as an anomaly in the design world, Marcel has made his mission to “create an environment of love, live with passion and make our most exciting dreams come true.” His work excites, provokes, and polarises, but never fails to surprise for its ingenuity, daring and singular quest to uplift the human spirit, and entertain.


Kelly Hoppen is an English interior designer, author and proprietor of Kelly Hoppen Interiors. Kelly has a very kind career and is one of the biggest names of Interior Design worldwide.
The Jewish and Irish descent designer designs are not only focused in hospitality or residential but also in stunning yachts of private clients, as well in commercial projects all around the world, including restaurants, offices and aircraft.



Internationally acclaimed French creator, designer and architect, Philippe Starck is untiring and rebellious citizen of the world, who considers it his duty to share his ethical and subversive vision of a fairer planet, creates unconventional places and objects whose purpose is to be “good” before being beautiful.
Most of his designs have become cult objects, and his hotels are timeless icons that have added a new dimension to the global cityscape. An enthusiastic advocate of sustainability, this visionary recently developed the revolutionary concept of “democratic ecology” by creating affordable wind turbines for the home, soon to be followed by innovative wooden prefabricated ecological houses and solar boats. He himself lives, with his wife Jasmine, mostly on an airplane, and in Paris, Burano, and on his oyster farm in the southwest of France.


Rockwell Group is without a doubt one of the best interior design companies you can find. Based in New York, the group creates magical environments that seamlessly integrate the newest technology, traditional craftsmanship and finest design. Its diverse portfolio includes multiple hotel and restaurant interiors, the auditorium for the 2014 TED Conference and award-winning sets designs, as well as a couple of high-end residential projects.


Victoria Hagan has long been respected for the intelligent integration of architecture and interior design. Her design philosophy features a refined use of materials, sophisticated color, and strong silhouettes.


Marmol Radziner (founded 1989) is a Los Angeles-based design-build practice founded and led by architects Leo Marmol, FAIA and Ron Radziner, FAIA. The firm offers a full range of design services, including architectural design, programming, master planning, historic restoration, landscape design, interior design, and furniture design. Marmol Radziner specializes in residential, restoration, multifamily, commercial, retail, hospitality, educational, and community projects.

The Difference between Modern Interior Design and Contemporary Interior Design

It is certainly easy to confuse contemporary design and modern home interior design. One of the main differences between contemporary and modern design is the age above all else. Contemporary design refers to what is currently new and innovative while modern design refers to a specific era in design history. Presently, architects and interior designers alike use modern elements in contemporary design. This is similar to a modernist revival, but mustn’t be confused with the mother modern movement of the 19th century. Contemporary interiors are a blend of styles past with a healthy dose of technological advancement.

2) Neutral Walls

After the embellished Victorian years of murals and wallpaper, the modernists moved to the stillness of neutral walls. Choose shades of white or grey for the inside and exterior of your home.

3) Line Focused

Modern interior design ideas are often built around simple, clean lines. Strong horizontal and vertical lines in modernist architecture are echoed in furniture and décor designs. Cylindrical columns often feature in modern homes; these form clear vertical lines and showcase the revolutionary use of reinforced concrete.

4) Industrial Elements

The modern design style wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the advancement of concrete, steel, and glass as building materials. So, pay homage to the core of modernism by choosing an industrial aesthetic with iron or steel finishes and concrete elements.

5) Clutter-free

Modern interior design by Decorilla interior designer, Renata B.
De-clutter countertops, mantels, walls, and any other visible areas in the house. Remembering the minimalist mantra of “less is more” is essential when accessorizing your modern interior, so, be sure to organize and tuck trinkets out of sight.

6) Primary Colors

Interior design by Decorilla designer, Joyce T.
Primary colors were at the focus of Bauhaus and De Stijl movements, as a result, modern interiors are known for its bold colors. Add accent furniture pieces, artwork or rugs in red, yellow, blue, black and white to the interior.

7) Open Plan

Open plan home by Decorilla designer, Amelia R.
An open-plan layout is a must when it comes to modern home interior design. An open living, dining and kitchen area helps to eliminate unnecessary structures within a home while encouraging free airflow.

8) Streamlined Furniture

Modern design by Decorilla interior designer, Roberto D.
Many mid-century modern furniture items like Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair and the butterfly chair have become iconic and coveted for any home. Top modern interior designers choose furniture with straight lines and restrained use of decoration. So, use furniture with plain fabric and avoid bold patterns or prints.

9) Skip the Molding

Modern design by Decorilla interior designer, Sara T.

Ornate architectural designs like molding and cornices are certainly unnecessary in a modern home. To keep the calm look of a truly modern home, choose less embellished options when it comes to doors and cabinetry. See more examples of a modern kitchen style here.

10) Large Windows

Modern living room design by Decorilla interior designer, Corine M.
Beautiful large windows are not just marvelously modern, but brilliant when it comes to light. Let in the fresh air as well as more natural light with this modern favorite

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