STYLE Old-world opulence
PROJECTS Summer 2020 ELLE Decor cover story
Before establishing his platinum reputation as an interior designer, Lorenzo Castillo was known as one of Spain’s preeminent antiques dealers. Castillo’s bold juxtapositions of old and new bring a masculine robustness to his interiors, which draw inspiration from architecture, cinema, and the ethos of Madrid.
Madeline Stuart Associates
STYLE Tinseltown authenticity
CLIENTS Larry David, hotelier Jeff Klein
A leading member of the Los Angeles design community, Madeline Stuart works with clients from the entertainment industry and the world of business and finance. Her projects reflect a collaborative relationship between architecture and furniture as well as function and form.
STYLE Take it easy
CLIENTS Californians with a European sensibility
PROJECTS Katie and Jason Maine run the L.A. design shop Home House Co-op
Los Angeles–based husband-and-wife duo Jason and Katie Maine met while both working for interior designer Michael S. Smith, and their style mixes classic antiques with contemporary work.
STYLE Subtle simplicity
NEWS Marked, his furniture and accessories brand, launched in 2019
As one may expect from a Ralph Lauren alum, Mark Cunningham’s rooms tend to be masculine, tailored, and timeless. He likes his palette neutral, and he mixes crisply upholstered custom pieces, American antiques, and accessories masterfully, resulting in a quietly invigorating look.
Mark D. Sikes
STYLE Blue and white
CLIENTS Nancy Meyers, Reese Witherspoon
COLLABS Hudson Valley Lighting, furniture for Chaddock, and dinnerware for Blue Pheasant
Known for his riffs on classic and all-American aesthetics—think gingham, stripes, and wicker—the California-based designer likes to infuse the breeziness of nature into his interiors. Looking for more of his work? Sikes has a new book out from Rizzoli this fall.
Mark Hampton by Alexa Hampton
STYLE Alexa is merrily upholding her father’s legacy of vibrant, layered classicism
COLLABS Window treatments for the Shade Store
In 1998, Alexa Hampton took over the world-famous firm of her father, Mark Hampton. She is a specialist in maximalism and has completed a wide range of designs for domestic and international projects, from New York City to Hangzhou, China, including apartments and large residences, private airplanes, and yachts.
STYLE Prince of prints
PROJECTS Manhattan townhouses and Nashville mansions
NEWS Markham Roberts: Notes on Decorating is out Fall 2020
Markham Roberts has been coined the “master of timeless American style” and is known for his ability to interpret and synthesize the essence of his diverse multigenerational clients together with his own creative input. The result is a timeless cohesive mix tailored specifically to each project.
STYLE Master-class mod
PROJECTS The Pendry West Hollywood hotel and residences, opening fall 2020
Martin Brudnizki is the man behind iconic interiors, including Annabel’s in London and Pink Mamma in Paris. The Martin Brudnizki Design Studio team comprises more than 70 interior designers, architects, and art consultants whose notable clients include luxury hospitality groups: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, and the Royal Academy of Arts.
STYLE Bay Area bohemian
CLIENTS George Stephanopoulos
Beth Martin of the San Francisco–based Martin Group crafts homes that feel cozy and effortless, and she was one of our Designers to Watch in 2011.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design
STYLE Lotusland medina
PROJECTS A new line of performance fabrics
Martyn Lawrence Bullard may have been born in London, but he was clearly destined for Hollywood. The actor turned interior designer previously starred on Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, and a love of bright color and bold pattern is evident in his work.
STYLE Nostalgic allure
COLLABS Robert Abbey lighting, Schumacher fabrics
Mary McDonald is an award-winning, internationally published Los Angeles–based interior designer and a star of the Bravo series Million Dollar Decorators. Her bold and inspiring interiors have earned her licensed product lines, including an acclaimed fabric collection for F. Schumacher & Company, lighting for Robert Abbey, rugs for Patterson Flynn Martin, and furniture for Chaddock Home.
Matthew Patrick Smyth
STYLE American Francophile
COLLABS Fabrics for Schumacher, rugs for Patterson Flynn Martin
Matthew Patrick Smyth specializes primarily in residential interior design with a focus on fine details. His past projects have included city homes on Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue and in London, plus country abodes in Aspen, Colorado, and Bedford, New York. Smyth is the author of Living Traditions: Interiors by Matthew Patrick Smyth.
STYLE Old-school versatility—the firm has ushered in every American design period since 1924
CLIENTS Ann Pyne, as her mother Betty Sherrill’s heir, works with the same mix of old New York families
McMillen Inc., a full-service interior design firm based in New York City, was founded in 1924 by Mrs. Drury McMillen. Known for its timeless and personal interiors, the firm has been credited for training iconic designers, including Albert Hadley, Mark Hampton, and Kevin McNamara.
Michael S. Smith
STYLE Traditional deluxe
CLIENTS Cindy Crawford, Steven Spielberg, Barack and Michelle Obama
NEWS His book, Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House, is out in September 2020
Michael S. Smith has an international profile of residential, hospitality, and commercial clients, and a style that is a seamless blend of European classicism and American modernism. He possesses a curator’s knowledge of history and has done extensive work in the antiques business.
MR Architecture + Decor
STYLE Clean lines and cool spaces
CLIENTS Decorative-arts aficionados, major collectors
PROJECTS Homes from the Hamptons to Indianapolis
COLLABS Furniture with Maison Gerard
MR Architecture + Decor is a New York–based design studio led by founding partner David Mann. With no singular mandated style, the studio is characterized by diversity and unified by an essential clarity, with clients including Pierre Hardy and Gilles Mendel.
STYLE Just lovely
NEWS Lauren Buxbaum Gordon is now a partner
COLLABS Fabric for Kravet, window treatments for the Shade Store, furniture for Living Spaces with his husband, Jeremiah Brent
More than anyone, Nate Berkus is the public face of contemporary design. His predilections tend toward neutral palettes; natural materials like leather, linen, and wicker; and objects made by hand. Step inside Berkus’s Chicago apartment here.
STYLE Casual glam
COLLABS Wallpaper for Wallshoppe
A fourth-generation Californian by way of the Bay Area, Nathan Turner wrote the book on the state’s aesthetic, called I Love California, as well as a book called American Style. The Los Angeles–based designer counts A-list stars, including Mindy Kaling and Armie and Elizabeth Hammer, among his clients.
STYLE Urbane contemporary
CLIENTS Fashion designer Derek Lam, eyewear designer Robert Marc
PROJECTS Designed 2019’s House of ELLE Decor at 108 Leonard in New York City, a new furniture line is in the works
Skilled at creating spaces that feel masculine and easy, Neal Beckstedt describes his style as warm modernism. His clients include Derek Lam and Robert Marc.
NEWS A new line of fabrics and wallpapers
New York–based Nick Olsen describes his style as “historical inspiration through a kaleidoscopic and humorous lens.”
CLIENTS Usher, DJ Khaled, Zac Posen, Steven Klein, and Gianvito Rossi
COLLABS Tiles for Ann Sacks, rugs for the Rug Company, and wallpaper for Fromental
Nicole Fuller Interiors is an award-winning design firm specializing in luxury interiors, product design, and art consulting. As a decorator of full-on-glam spaces and designer of collections for Ann Sacks and the Rug Company, Fuller works on highly customized residential and commercial projects in the U.S. and abroad.
(according to the website elledecor.com)