The following article will serve as an honouring piece for those that were selected by Architectural Digest to the AD100 2017 as the top 100 architects and designers of this passing year. Best Design Projects made a fine selection of the top 24 architects and designers from this top 100. Changing the world with their creations, these ground-breaking designers willing to go beyond their limits in order to create the most extraordinary products of artistry. In this proficient selection courtesy of AD, these artists will be categorised by their specialities within the design world.
“The Avant-Garde – 8 architectural powerhouses whose soaring structures are reshaping the world’s skylines”
British designer David Adjaye often works on commercial projects from the United States to Beirut. Now, he has made history after designing the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington which opened this year.
Following the ideology that design connects people on a social, experiential, and intellectual basis, the designed studio guided by Jeanne Gang designed this striking wood-walled Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
“The Classicists – 4 Superstar talents refreshing history’s lessons for contemporary life”
Ferguson & Shamamian Architects
The New-York based firm led by Mark Ferguson and Oscar Shamamian aspires to “carry forward the best the past offers in new and appropriate ways.” They ofter do work in residential designs in a very classical fashion to an extremely elite clientele. Above, you can see the result of a renovation of a duplex by the duo.
Ike Kligerman Barkley
John Ike, Thomas A. Kligerman, and Joel Barkley best describe their style as being emotional, approachable, and intellectual. Their work is best known for having stunning rooflines, audacious dormers, and shingles galore. You can see the first one in this beautiful residence in Rhode Island.
Peter Pennoyer Architects
“The Modernists – 9 cutting-edge architects who put a poetic spin on pure forms”
Based in Seattle, the architecture firm introduces refined aesthetics with a relaxed Pacific Northwest spirit. According to Kundig, “Architecture is about context — cultural or natural,” Olson believes that “Indoors and outdoors should flow together.” Take a look at their astonishing design of a Hillside Villa in Hong Kong.
The Architecture practice was founded by Annabelle Selldorf. Her designs are best defined for mixing rigour with romance in ambitious ventures. Take a look at practice’s renovation project of the John Way Library at Brown University.
Co-founder of Shelton Mindel, Lee F. Mindel declares that the New York firm “creates spaces that solve problems”. The architect is an expert in 20th-century design especially when it comes to uncluttered spaces rooted in history.
Steven Harris Architects
“American Beauties – Classic American decorating never looked better in the hands of these homegrown talents”
The firm was founded by designer Thomas O’Brien is best known for adhering to the ideology of turning traditional objects or spaces into modern ones, making sure all of the studio’s designs are meticulously effective. Aero Studios is currently working on a turn-of-the-century home in Long Island.
The Los-Angels firm is headlined by Alexandra and Michael Misczynski and they describe their signature style as being edited. This can be seen in their design project in a living room apartment in Chicago where they decorated with Macassar ebony panels.
Bilhuber and Associates
Bilhuber designs can be identified as being traditional while incorporating modern practicalities. To him, it is paramount to have a passion for decorative arts and a creation should always reflect a family or individual’s history. David Bowie was one of his most distinguished clients as well as Mariska Hargitay.
Carrier and Company Interiors
The Company of interiors is managed by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller and their working style pinpointed as understated elegance as well as timeless, tailored, and refined, take, for instance, this living room decor in Southampton, New York. Out of curiosity, Jessica Chastain and Annie Leibovitz are some of their most preeminent clients.
“British Invasion – England’s leading lights create stylish rooms admired around the world”
In his designs, Alidad Mahloudji gives preference to decorative textiles, luxury textures, and antique furnishings. Above all, the designer gravitates towards comfort and opulence.
Sultana emphasises that his style revolves around “sophisticated luxury built on noble materials, quality, and craftsmanship.” He named the Heydar Aliyev Center designed by Zaha Hadid Architects as his favourite building. The Interior designer is also looking forward to working on traditional techniques, such as marquetry and églomise.
Robert Kime Design
Characterised by utilising a varied range of patterns and decorating to the smallest detail, Kime is able to create an everlasting sensation in fairly new rooms. He is also recognised for his classic English creations with slight hints of exoticism and worldwide textiles. He is currently adding more material to his collections of fabrics and wallpapers.
“French Connection – Maestros of the chic and luxurious with a Parisian point of view”
Robert Couturier Inc.
Couturier’s practice is based in New York and is creations are regurlarly contrued for being remarkably sophisticated and colourfully resourceful, whether in modern or contemporary ambiences.
The New Traditionalist – Savvy interpreters of the past who breathe new life into the tried and true
Alex Papachristidis Interiors
Based in Manhattan, his interiors are characterised as fresh and classic while benefiting from 18th-century furniture and contemporary artisan-made pieces. The Designer is quite fond o colours as well, so much so, that he is looking to bringing into the conversation works in chintz but this time with modern colours.
“The Daredevils – 5 audacious visionaries whose rooms are all about shock and awe”
The company is asserted by Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper. Essentially, their style could be described as distinctive and avant-garde. Happening quite soon, the partners want to add more outdoor green spaces to the urban lifestyle.
“Young Guns – The next generation of trendsetters, tastemakers, and design gurus”
Ben Pentreath Ltd.
Pentreath’s style could be defined for his whimsical novelties as they focus on classical proportions and astounding details, regularly influenced by the 18th-century. The designer based in London produced a collection of handmade lacquer furniture for Pentreath & Hall.
Hitmakers – 7 superstars who put the magic into today’s hottest hotels and restaurants
Founded by Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci, the studio prides itself on designing nuanced spaces filled with a mixture of classic and contemporary techniques.
The Roger Thomas Collection
Developing products for both residential and commercial work, Roger Thomas ensures that his designs are characterised by comfort and elegance through dramatic, intriguing, and humouristic presentations.
“Color Geniuses – These decorators are fearless when it comes to bold colors and brash patterns”
Being recognised for cosy glamour and playful splashes of colour, the Interior designer feels as thou to be an excellent designer one must sense the passion and the desire of creating novelties.
“Groundbreakers – 5 landscape design firms that conjure the most glorious gardens in the world”
Deborah Nevins & Associates
Designing harmonious landscapes, the New York-based designer is looking forward on emphasising works with native plants and organic styles.