Coast to coast, the next generation of great decorators is writing its own rules, going for bold, and pushing the boundaries of beauty. Interior design is an industry that is in constant rethinking and renovation through all the trends and ideas. However, these are the names that have been creating new experiences through creative combinations of styles, colours and shapes. Stay tuned, relax with CovetED and discover 7 rising stars taking the design world by storm!
Matthew Monroe Bees (Charleston, South Carolina)
“A room doesn’t seem complete to me unless it has an English secretary,” says Bees (pictured at home). That being said, this star’s take on Anglo-American traditions is spirited rather than reverential. His debut room at Manhattan’s 2019 Kips Bay Designer Show House turned heads with its hodgepodge of choice Southern antiques, a contemporary abstract painting hung on a Gracie chinoiserie screen, and, of all things, a marijuana plant wrought in shining brass. “I’d rather be thought of as a collector than a designer,” Bees adds. “We all like so much, so we put it all into space and it works. And all colours can play nice together.”
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The Winnow table lamp takes its name from the winnowing method, an ancient technique of separating grain from the straw. Its body is composed of small lacquer wood tubes, representing the straw, and the abat-jour shade emerges from the base with a light tapioca fabric, separating distinctively from its rigid body.
JSN Studio (Los Angeles)
“Everything in a room should be essential, and space should have a story, with furnishings and art pulled from what the clients enjoy or what has been passed down to them.” Inspired by sources ranging from the intellectual interiors of the Harlem Renaissance (Bolden) to world travel, especially Morocco (Curtis), JSN’s interiors possess a clarity that is as much about the objects as about the space that frames them, with palettes that are crucially curated. As Bolden explains, “A house should hug the people who live in it. Even when it’s glamorous, it should feel as casual as possible.”
Alizée Brion (Miami)
“I sort of fell into interior design by chance,” says Brion (pictured at a Miami project). After receiving her master’s in architecture from Columbia University, the French-born talent landed her first job working for an architecture studio that was, at the time, collaborating on a project with Philippe Starck, whose attention to detail would shape Brion’s perspective. “Seeing that process was probably the biggest influence in my work today.” Since founding her firm, Light on White, in 2016, Brion has gravitated toward a minimalist aesthetic, mixing antiques and contemporary finds in a range of projects. “Buy less and buy better,” she muses, reflecting on the future of design.
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The Brando armchair is perfect for any ambience where sobriety is required – this mid-century armchair never disappoints. Displaying a classic elegant design, it is designed with comfort and discreet sophistication in mind. It features a solid wood body cushioned with the finest tufted leather upholstery and a final touch of polished brass over the sides for added luxury.
Garrett Hunter (Houston)
Guided by site and context, Hunter’s incisive eye lends a sense of history and gravitas to modern, white-box spaces while animating traditional rooms with a vivid, contemporary spirit. Five years ago, he opened Tienda X, an experimental Houston gallery of art and design, with architect Michael Landrum, a frequent collaborator who shares his office. After moving the boutique a few years later to Austin, where much of their work is located, Hunter and Landrum recently transplanted Tienda X from the Lone Star State to a 1920s early Regency-style residence in the Whitley Heights neighbourhood of L.A.
Forbes Masters (Atlanta)
It could have been awkward. When Monet Masters (above, left) hit a roadblock on her first big job, the client called in Tavia Forbes as a backup. Instead, the designers hit it off. “We were about the same age, both Jamaican, and we both had this eclectic, quirky style,” recalls Masters, who soon returned the favour, helping Forbes complete a rush office design for a movie executive in just a week. By 2016, they were officially in business together, building an impressive list of clients (Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss, NFL players Josh Bynes and Bobby Rainey) with bold, personality-driven interiors, among them a glam, purple-lacquer karaoke room for Burruss’s poolhouse.
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Craig is an oval mid-century modern coffee table that carries an uncompromised retro style and strong presence. It boasts a Green Guatemala marble top, supported by a stainless steel structure in a brass finish with a low shelf for storage. A perfect centrepiece that brings a modern approach to its design.
Carmeon Hamilton (Memphis)
When it comes to boho interiors by Hamilton—a self-styled “environmental curator”—it’s a jungle in there. “Plants are a super-identifiable part of my aesthetic, but the foundation is always modern and clean-lined,” says the rising star, who got her start in the health-care industry, a job that demanded wellness-conscious furnishings, palettes, and, yes, plants. (She is pictured at home in Memphis.) “Unless you’re totally negligent, plants will thrive, and their presence proves that you’re living in your world rather than just looking at it—funny how that works.”
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Being a matinee idol, Bogarde soon became a giant in the high-rank intellectual cinema. That’s the reason for this inspiring accent armchair. It is finished in leather, a very popular fabric in the ’60s, and the swivel polished brass base conveys an idea of style and playfulness. It can make a great occasional chair for the home or office.
Noz Nozawa (San Francisco)
“Life is more beautiful and more livable when nothing is perfect,” says Nozawa, who founded her firm, Noz Design, in 2014. “I like deliberate imperfection, deliberate asymmetry, and messing things up a bit.” Non-Western design traditions are an aesthetic constant. Communal heated kotatsu tables that Nozawa has seen on trips to her ancestral Japan (her family emigrated to California in the 1890s) are echoed in groovy conversation pits, while West African and East African objects and artefacts are infiltrating her eclectic vocabulary too. “I’m a huge nerd,” the designer says. “I hope I’m always bewildered by something.”
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