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The International Designer of the Year

Interior designing is one of those things that can either go horribly wrong or unbelievably right. Everyone has different preferences for what they would like to do to their own space, and indeed some people do a great job at putting their ideas to reality. But for others it’s best if the job is left in the hands of professionals. So why don’t we look at some world-renowned designers and decide who wins the title of “Best Interior Designer 2021”?

To Jean-Louis Deniot the world is his playground as he takes up on projects from five continents, moving through cities like London, Moscow, Beverly Hills, Hong Kong and the likes. This Frenchman, with his vision of sophistication, comfort and spaciousness, sets up creations for the world to revel in. After all, he didn’t make it to the AD 100 list for no reason. With projects like those in the Eaton Place, Corse and Paris, we see how Deniot plays around with multiple repertoires. ” A décor is like a painting; it’s all about the masses, the color placement, the volumes, the proportion, the contrast etc. to achieve the right balance,” he says.

English interior designer, author, and owner of Kelly Hoppen Interiors, Kelly Hoppen is one big name in the industry. Her cool and tranquil room sets and trademark neutral tones have kept her at the top of her game for the past forty years and it doesn’t seem like we’ll be losing her anytime soon. Hoppen is a force to be reckoned with, designing anything from apartments and houses, hotels, yachts, restaurants, aircraft interiors and office spaces.

The 250+ strong Rockwell Group, founded by American architect and designer, David Rockwell, is known for a wide range application of design schemes to numerous areas of interior designing. “We’re driven by a deep curiosity about the world. This keeps us open to possibilities—for our clients and ourselves,” says David Rockwell, reiterating the fact that the company prioritizes innovation and leadership of thought, creating a distinct and personalized narrative for each project.

Philippe Stark, the internationally commended French creator, designer and architect, concocts eccentric places and objects with the purpose of them to be “good” before they are beautiful. A keen advocate of sustainability, he states how all his work and inspiration comes from a simple idea: “There are useful projects which help our evolution and then there are useless projects that don’t help our evolution.” Stark made his name at an early age of 34 when, in 1983, he was commissioned by France’s president for the interior renovations of his private apartments at the Élysée Palace.

Dubbed by The New Yorker as “the presiding Grande Dame of West Coast interior design”, Kelly Wearstler is unorthodoxly rockstar. Her signature lush and feisty interiors can be found anywhere from grand residences in Beverly Hills to luxury hotels in the Caribbean. She earned a spot in the AD100, Elle Décor’s A-List, Wallpaper’s Top 20 Designers and TIME Style & Design’s Design 100 group of global creatives, and rightfully so.

A national treasure in his native country, Brazilian Sig Bergamin is a decorator and art collector with clients in the United States, Europe, and South America. With a style he himself states as a summation of eclecticism, ethnic diversity, humor and versatility, Sig has worked on countless projects, both residential and commercial. However, regardless of style, projects are typically ebullient and most likely to be set up with radiant colors and international furnishings, giving them a tropical touch and a mix of Old World and Brazilian modernism.

Marcel Wanders, wanders, literally. Over a period of twenty years, Dutch designer Marcel, along with his team, has been credited for over 1900 projects, having designed for various international companies. His best design projects can be found based in places like Switzerland, Qatar, Bonn, Mallorca, Amsterdam, Ecuador and Taipei. With each project, Marcel defies the principles of design, choosing to focus on the “holistic, romantic, surreal, archetypical, rather than the technocratic.”

Individual preference overrules any decision reached for the worthy winner of the title of best designer, so it’s up to you to decide who you’d blindly rely on and hand over the reins of design to. But then again, who are we to judge, with our badly arranged furniture and pitiful color coordination.

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