ELLE Decor’s A-List 2020: Who I’m Watching

Jul 10

Every year ELLE Decor’s A-List proves to be inspiring and 2020 did not disappoint with some of the most innovative interior designers from around the world, bringing raw talent to every project – each with their own style that elevates how we interact in the space. Here are some of my favorites I’m watching.

“Based in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, Alyssa Kapito brings a fresh take on the classics and has a great appreciation of antiques and art.”

“A world-renowned interior designer, Vicente Wolf has published four design books, including The Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired by Earth, Water, Air and Fire.”

“British interior designer Veere Grenney boasts more than 30 years of experience in the interior design industry. Before launching his own company, he was a director at Sybil Colefax and John Fowler. Grenney’s talent extends beyond creating stylish and comfortable interiors—he also has a fabric and furniture collection.”

“Former set designer Ariel Ashe and architect Reinaldo Leandro’s New York City firm Ashe Leandro mixes contemporary luxury and natural materials to create spaces that feel open and timeless.”

“Bunny Williams is all about classic comfort, an informed eye, and a bit of fun. In her rooms, fine European antiques meet mirrored walls and gutsy artwork. She uses intense colors and delicate patterns with equal panache. Go inside a Williams-designed Park Avenue apartment here.”

“Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller are a husband-and-wife duo who create rooms that are a confident mix of timeless and contemporary design—both familiar and fresh at once.”

“Alexandra Champalimaud of the Champalimaud design firm is an Anglo-Portuguese expat and one of the world’s most talented luxury hospitality designers.”

“Based in Washington, D.C., Darryl Carter, a former lawyer, turns out cool, calm, and collected spaces that are distinctive in their masculine rigor.”

“The New York–based designer’s firm, Jayne Design Studio, knows how to create personality-packed spaces that embody ancient and modern design principles.”

“Former Million Dollar Decorators star Kathryn M. Ireland describes her style as “California coastal meets European chic,” and the result is an elevated boho look that has attracted clients such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Drew Barrymore.”

“Kelly Wearstler’s global luxury lifestyle brand is marked by its distinctive designs and sophisticated soulful character. Wearstler’s signature style juxtaposes raw with refined, and her portfolio includes luxury hotels and grand residences from Beverly Hills to the Caribbean.”

“Leyden Lewis is not only an interior designer with a singular aesthetic, he’s also a fine artist.”

“Beth Martin of the San Francisco–based Martin Group crafts homes that feel cozy and effortless, and she was one of our Designers to Watch in 2011.”

“More than anyone, Nate Berkus is the public face of contemporary design. His predilections tend toward neutral palettes; natural materials like leather, linen, and wicker; and objects made by hand. Step inside Berkus’s Chicago apartment here.”

“A blogger turned interior designer, Houston-based Paloma Contreras is a modern influence who keeps an eye on traditional styles.”


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