Interior design is a huge sector filled with a lot of talent. This pool of art is also home to the greats who go beyond what is deemed as normal and do the extraordinary. These are the people who go into the books of history of interior design.
Starck is a famous French designer who covers quite a wide range of fields, from interior design, to chairs, from toothbrushes to electronic appliances. He was first recognized in 1982 when he designed the interior for former French president Francois Mitterrand’s apartment. His most important furniture pieces are: Louis Ghost chair, Ero|S| chair, Bubble Club Sofa and Armchair, and La Bohème stool. As for interior design his works include The Peninsula Hong Kong in Hong Kong, Café Costes in Paris and other fashionable restaurants, lounges and clubs.
Women are also not left behind when it comes to great interior designers. They too have curved an amazing niche for themselves. It also seems that there is no day the greats in any art sector will go without a French name.
The New Yorker dubbed her “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design,” but Kelly Wearstler is more rock star than matronly personage. Author, blogger, outré fashion plate, branding virtuoso (from sheets to jewelry), and decorator and muse of the Viceroy and Tides hotels—Wearstler cuts a profile as colorful as those of her clients (Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, among others).
Featured on the ELLE Decor and AD 100 lists of the best interior designers in the world, Jean-Louis Deniot has long been in the business of creating atmospheres. His décors are his playground, spaces where spontaneity and magic are de rigueur. Recognized worldwide for his eclectic and emblematic interiors, Jean-Louis Deniot plays in a multiplicity of repertoires, never sticking to purity of style, rather letting his academic training translate into a vocabulary that is both informal and bold. If he does contemporary, it is always with a weighty dose of history and references infused into it to produce a timeless yet timely scenario.
So what are the elements that make great interior design? All designers have their own way of working but there are certain common aspects that guide their line of work.
Glamour. Sleek lines and exotic materials give this living room a glamorous look that sets it apart. The floor-to-ceiling bookcase has a metallic wall covering on the back to create a focal point. Although every piece of furniture is upholstered in a different plush fabric, they all sing the same song.
Symmetry. This living space’s symmetrical design draws the eye immediately up to the wallpapered ceiling and ceiling fixture. The screens in the back of the room anchor the space, focusing attention on the unexpectedly tall piece of art over the fireplace.
Contrast. Although the contemporary sleek black desk and lampshade stand out as the immediate focal draw in this bedroom, I love how the retro fur accent chairs contrast with them and the quirky zebra painted table. An oversize mirror rests against the wall for height, while the pops of yellow around the room are bright and cheery.