Elle Decor A-List 2023: Best Interior Designers In New York (Part III)
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Elle Decor A-List 2023: Best Interior Designers In New York (Part III)

New York, the pulsating heart of America, is a city that exudes unique energy and charm. Beyond its iconic skyline and bustling streets lies a world of interior design that reflects the city’s diverse cultural heritage, contemporary flair, and rich history of architectural excellence. From sleek modern lofts to ornate brownstones, New York’s interior design landscape offers a captivating tapestry of styles, blending innovation and timeless elegance. In this article, we will explore the best interior designers in New York.

1. Nicole Fuller Interiors

Nicole Fuller Interiors is an award-winning luxury design firm specializing in sophisticated, highly customized residential and commercial projects in the US and abroad. Based in New York with offices in Los Angeles, Nicole has cultivated a reputation for excellence with her domestic design projects. No challenge is too great; whether it is hand-painting wall treatments, creating custom furnishings or sourcing vintage accents, by layering classic elements with modern pieces, the spaces Nicole creates are luxurious and refined representations of her unparalleled commitment to visually dazzling and polished design.

2. Pamplemousse Design

Created in 2000, Pamplemousse Design is a full-service interior design company specializing in high-end residential projects. With an extensive knowledge of decorative arts, spanning many periods from Louis XVI to contemporary design, they act as curators to help clients build their own collections. In addition to expertise in furniture and furnishings, they bring thorough architectural and technical knowledge to their projects. They often act as clients’ representatives from start to finish, working closely with their architects and contractors.

3. Pappas Miron Design

Pappas Miron Design is a full-service interior design firm based in Manhattan which has been included on Elle Decor’s A-List in both 2020 and 2021. Its founders, Alexandra Pappas and Tatyana Miron Ahlers strive to create timeless interiors that are modern and sophisticated, yet relaxed and livable. Threaded through each project is a unique perspective that reflects a love of rich colors, unique textiles, a mix of traditional and modern elements and one-of-a-kind custom furnishings.

4. Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd

A small office turned into a renowned design group, Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd was founded in 2006 in New York City. Now with offices in both New York and London, the design group has been involved in countless interior design projects from residential to commercial, all of them executed considering a very particular design vision and great attention to detail. Their method is incredibly strategic, and they have a very contemporary approach when it comes to design.

5. Redd Kaihoi

After spending five years with interior design legend Bunny Williams, Miles Redd decided to start his own New York-based design firm back in 1999. During many years, he takes on a variety of residential projects, from small downtown apartments to large uptown homes, being flexible and wise enough to please a great diversity of clients. In the meantime, Redd met David Kaihoi while Kaihoi was working as an art installer. The design duo has been working for more than a decade now and the New York-based design firm officially changed its name to Redd Kaihoi.

6. Richard Mishaan Design

The Richard Mishaan touch, stylistically, is an expansive one, which is not surprising—he himself is an expansive person. His combined knowledge of fashion, architecture, and interior design, plus his cultural roots, gives him a deep understanding of luxury and quality. Mishaan has authored two books, Modern Luxury and Artfully Modern both published by Monacelli Press, a division of Random House.

7. Robert Stilin

Robert Stilin is knowledgeable about the history of design. He has surrounded his New York City house with renowned items like a Pierre Chapo chair, a Charlotte Perriand stool, and a Paul Laszlo lamp. And he has assembled a sizable collection of works of art. “I won’t buy it if I have even the slightest doubt. I’ll find a way to incorporate it into my life if I keep thinking about it, he asserts”. Stilin develops cozy, livable homes that radiate warmth for his clients using his comprehensive design expertise and refined artistic taste.

8. Rodney Lawrence

Rodney Lawrence, principal of his eponymous design firm in New York City, creates dynamic interiors that are sophisticated, refined, and full of warmth and personality. Unity and contrast are the hallmarks of his richly layered work, which spans high-end residential projects to modern commercial environments. Today, Lawrence brings more than 15 years of experience and a continued academic zeal to each commission for an increasingly global clientele. His work has been recognized by top publications including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Galerie, House Beautiful, New York Cottages & Gardens, New York Magazine and Casa Vogue.

9. Shawn Henderson

Shawn Henderson‘s creative process begins by listening to the clients, then contemplating how design can make their lives more beautiful. The beauty is in the details: lightness, flexibility and cleanliness. Shawn Henderson sees newfound beauty in old materials and furnishings and often reclaims them in fresh new ways. The studio work has been published in Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle Decor, Luxe, House Beautiful, and The New York Times. Shawn Henderson has also had the great honor of being named to the AD100.

10. StephanieGoto

StephanieGoto creates highly refined integrated projects with a foundation in the clarity of space, detail and experience. The design is informed by a critical purity in the understanding of structure, materials and details. The quietness of details is important. Since its founding in 2004, the firm has built a holistic approach at the intersection between art, architecture, culture, hospitality, and branding. Named on Elle Décor’s 2023 A-List and one of Architectural Digest’s “Top Ten Firms To Watch” in 2015, goto’s projects span cultural, residential, commercial, hospitality, branding, exhibition and experiential design.

11. Studio Cooke John

Studio Cooke John, founded by Nina Cooke John, is a multidisciplinary design studio that values placemaking as a way to transform relationships between people and the built environment. Working at the scale of the human body; individually or collectively, in the home or on the street, they respond to how we use space in our everyday lives, whether in the family unit or as a community. They play out intimate relationships in the privacy of our homes, but in public, in the streets, they play out important relationships with our neighbors.

12. Studio Mellone

Studio Mellone is a New York-based firm that works on a multiplicity of repertoires, primarily focused on residential designs and private homes. Founded by Andre Mellone, the studio also works with retail, commercial and product design projects. With a keen eye for contemporary interiors with classic details and elements, Studio Mellone is also known for its architectural approach and the use of mid-century furniture.

13. Thom Filicia

From his start at renowned design firms, Parish-Hadley, Robert Metzger and Bilhuber & Associates, Thom Filicia launched his acclaimed enterprise, Thom Filicia Inc. and emerged as one of today’s most influential and respected interior and product designers. His projects range from residential, hospitality and commercial interiors all over the world. Gaining fame on the Emmy-winning “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Style Network, HGTV, and most recently Bravo’s Get A Room with Carson & Thom, he is a best-selling author and has been praised as a top designer and international tastemaker.

14. Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer Inc was founded in 1995, in Manhattan, as an architectural and interior design practicing firm. Tom Scheerer‘s work is famous for having clear and logical architectural solutions harmonized with beautiful, elegant and comfortable furnishings. Tom Scheerer gives great emphasis on furniture planning and spatial relationship, as well as the harmony between color and texture, taking a keen appreciation for art. Albeit not having any issue with any style, Tom Scheerer prefers to use all aspects of interior design within the context of what he calls to be ‘relaxed modernism‘.

15. Workshop/APD

Workshop/APD’s greatest strength lies in the diverse talent and expertise of its multidisciplinary team. They bring global perspectives and vast experience in architecture, interiors, product design, planning, engineering, and branding to projects of every type and scale. Their aesthetic is indefinable because each project is characterized by a unique combination of talents and circumstances that are impossible to recreate; the perfect team, collaborators and consultants, endlessly unique project locations, and client needs and desires. However, their work – obsessively detailed and crafted, inviting and intentional – is unmistakable.

16. Yabu Pushelberg

Yabu Pushelberg, in essence, consists of a design company that has handled a variety of projects throughout the years. The company created by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg has been focusing on the design and projects regarding many interiors, furniture and product designs, for the hospitality and retail industries.

17. Young Huh Interior Design

Young Huh Interior Design is a full-service design firm specializing in luxury residential and hospitality interiors. With impeccable attention to detail and the utmost level of client service, each project is conceived and tailored to fit the clients’ personalities. Fluent in a wide range of styles from timely to timeless, Young’s fresh interiors are clean, classic and luxe, each finished with personalized, chic styling.


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