Introducing the 2023 AD100 – today’s top talents in interior decoration, architecture, and landscape design. When we’re looking for incredible interiors that are liveable yet stunning, these are the names we always come back to. Stay tuned and discover the interior designers from California of 2023’s AD100!
Mark D. Sikes
A crisp, striped cushion on a wicker chair, hefty spongeware, and starchy gingham-covered rooms: Mark D. Sikes, who has won clients like Reese Witherspoon, Nancy Meyers, and, as was revealed in February 2022, First Lady Jill Biden, has become a standard-bearer for excellent American design with his just-so brand of preppy casual.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Martyn Lawrence Bullard‘s creations have influenced the houses of Alessandra Ambrosio, Kendall Jenner, Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Cher, and other A-listers who have commissioned the designer to decorate their homes with his beautiful, understated appeal.
As she herself put it, Nicole Hollis favors the boldly understated over the overdone, creating spaces that are “all about form, light, and shadow.” However, such does not imply monastic modernism. Her designs can honor opulent paneling just as much as Moroccan-inspired furnishings. Additionally, a key component of the designer’s work is creating personalized accents that “convey the spirit of collaboration.”.
Pierce & Ward
A list of extremely notable clients is among Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward‘s clients (Leonardo DiCaprio, Dakota Johnson, Kate Hudson, Karen Elson, Lily Aldridge and Caleb Followill, to name a few). However, the creators themselves couldn’t be more normal. Their varied interiors skillfully meld historical eras and cultural traditions without ever feeling “decorated” or ashy.
Frances Merrill, the principal of Reath Design, approaches design through storytelling. According to the Los Angeles-based artist, “the ultimate purpose of every project is to tell the distinctive story of the individuals who inhabit the place.” Her style is known for its daring yet restrained layering of pattern and color.
Romanek Design Studio
The motto of Romanek Design Studio is “elegant eclecticism with a dash of humor and something surprising.” Brigette Romanek, a self-taught and highly creative interior designer, initially dabbled in the field when she assisted her friend Kelly Sawyer Patricof, co-founder of the charity organization Baby2Baby, in furnishing her Malibu house.
The brother-and-sister design team of Ramin and Pamela Shamshiri, who operate under the name Studio Shamshiri, are renowned for their sophisticated, bohemian style, which is based on layers of seductive textures and hues. The company has worked on a variety of residential projects, including the renovation of well-known mid-century architects Cliff May and Paul László‘s California residences.
In order to create historically accurate homes that are alive with the new and now, Studio Volpe advocates cutting-edge design and unapologetically combines eye-catching items by luminaries like Zaha Hadid, Joris Laarman, and Marc Newson with 20th-century gems and select antiques.
“We wanted to develop projects that are about ideas and philosophy—gardens as an expression of culture,” said founders David Godshall and Alain Peauroi. Godshall is in charge of the company’s Los Angeles business in Echo Park, while Peauroi runs the San Francisco office.
Only Waldo Fernandez, the founder of Waldo’s Designs, has the credentials and reputation to use a single stage name in the world of Hollywood decorators. Los Angeles has its fair share of one-name entertainment celebrities (think Cher or Rihanna). Astutely blending unusual furnishings and artwork in cosmopolitan yet supremely comfortable houses for celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Tobey Maguire, Waldo has been associated for decades with L.A. refinement and savoir-faire.
Kulapat Yantrasast, a former project architect for Japanese master Tadao Ando, founded and serves as the creative director of the multidisciplinary company WHY. She has been instrumental in the growth of one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking design companies in existence today. WHY has become a force in the field of contemporary culture with its wide range of museum, gallery, collector, and artist projects.
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AD100: Discover The California Interior Designers of 2023 (Part I)