ELLE Decor proudly presents the 10th anniversary edition of the A-List—our annual registry of the most stylish, influential, and innovative interior designers from around the world. Back in 2010, our first A-List had 25 members (and five to watch). Today, the Class of 2020 is 125 firms strong—a wide-ranging group who inspire us with the magical homes they create across the globe. Click through to read all about them.
STYLE Warm modernism
COLLABS Outdoor fabrics for Lee Jofa, lighting for Visual Comfort
Founded by interior and home-furnishings designer Thomas O’Brien, Aero Studios is a master design office where crossover and collaboration are the rules rather than the exception. The office’s many projects range from lofts and formal apartments to commercial work like the Sixty Thompson hotel and a condo developed by the Rudins called the Greenwich Lane.
Alberto Pinto Interior Design
STYLE Linda Pinto continues her late brother’s lavish elegance
COLLABS A new joint venture with Thierry Despont
Eclecticism and refinement remain the key words when it comes to creating entire universes for Alberto Pinto’s prestigious clients worldwide: private residences, office buildings, airports, hotels, yachts, and jets. Under Linda Pinto’s management, Alberto Pinto is marked by various cultural influences that let traditional and modern meet in harmony.
STYLE Classic con brio
NEWS A Casa Branca relaunch includes embroidery by Rwandan genocide survivors
Born and raised in Italy, Alessandra Branca grew up believing classical beauty is meant to be intertwined with everyday life. Her eclectic, colorful work fuses the workmanship of a couturier with energy and practicality in all she designs. Her book, New Classic Interiors, was published in 2009.
STYLE Affable connoisseur
NEWS Curated a recent Christie’s auction of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, porcelain, and art
Bold patterns, jewel tones, and exotic accents are characteristic of Alex Papachristidis’s work. Recent projects include a beach house in the Hamptons, a Philadelphia Main Line residence, and a Greenwich Village apartment. Tour Papachristidis’s maximalist New York apartment here.
STYLE Ivory tower
PROJECTS Minimalist homes from Manhattan’s Upper West Side to Greenwich, Connecticut
Based in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, Alyssa Kapito brings a fresh take on the classics and has a great appreciation of antiques and art. Some of her projects include a full restoration of a historic Hamptons estate; a family home in Beverly Hills; a beach house in Bellport, Long Island; and a landmarked townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Aman & Meeks
STYLE Cheeky glamour that shows off the art
CLIENTS Patrons and philanthropists, including Emily Fisher Landau and Candia Fisher
James Aman and partner John Meeks draw on their backgrounds in store design, visual display, and fashion to create lovely, elegant rooms. The designers are especially adroit at fashioning a look of tailored luxury that evokes both past and present.
STYLE Sensual expressionism
CLIENTS Edgar and Clarissa Bronfman, fashion designer Elie Tahari
COLLABS Gio Ponti–inspired rugs for Kyle Bunting, wallpaper for Fromental
Founded in 2001, Amy Lau Design creates interiors known for their warmth, expressiveness, and impeccable attention to detail. Amy has a reverence for the inherent beauty of natural materials and landscapes and thoughtfully incorporates elements of each into every project.
STYLE Boho layers
PROJECTS A Manhattan townhouse on the Upper East Side, a modern home in Miami, a New York City flagship for Rent the Runway
Alabama native and noted color wizard Rayman Boozer rose to prominence when he founded Apartment 48, a chic New York home store set up like an apartment. Today, he is the go-to designer for everyone from Manhattan professionals to start-ups in search of an energetic, original look.
STYLE Chilled-out sophistication
CLIENTS Jake Gyllenhaal, Seth Meyers
Former set designer Ariel Ashe and architect Reinaldo Leandro’s New York City firm Ashe Leandro mixes contemporary luxury and natural materials to create spaces that feel open and timeless. Past projects include work for Liev Schreiber and Seth Meyers, who is the husband of Ashe’s sister.
(according to the website elledecor.com)