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2018 AD100: Introducing this Year’s Distinguished Creators – Part ITuesday 23 January 2018
2018 AD100: Introducing this Year’s Distinguished Creators – Part I ⇒ At the end of each year, the internationally acclaimed luxury design and architecture reference Architectural Digest always distinguishes 100 revolutionary architects and designers whose work has had quite an impact in the industry. In the next four days, CovetED will introduce the distinguished creators in a four-part article, so make sure to check to see if your favourite artist made the prestigious 2018 AD100 list.
British designer David Adjaye often works on commercial projects from the United States to Beirut. Two of the practice’s largest commissions to date are the design of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and the Moscow School of Management (SKOLKOVO).
The firm was founded by designer Thomas O’Brien is best known for adhering to the ideology of turning traditional objects or spaces into modern ones, making sure all of the studio’s designs are meticulously effective.
Founded in 2009, AL_A is the award-winning architecture studio founded by the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete with Directors Ho-Yin Ng, Alice Dietsch, and Maximiliano Arrocet. The studio has developed an intuitive and strategic approach to design and architecture.
Based in Manhattan, his interiors are characterised as fresh and classic while benefiting from 18th-century furniture and contemporary artisan-made pieces. As a whole, his work is best described as eclectic, thoughtful, personal and sophisticated.
Amy Lau Design creates interiors known for their warmth, expressiveness and impeccable attention to detail. Embracing both art and design, each personalized space is enlivened with dynamic mixes of vintage and contemporary pieces, and site-specific commissions.
Beloved by Hollywood’s young elite, The Archers is an under-the-radar Los Angeles collaborative design studio that specialises in working on buildings, interiors and furnishings for private homes and public spaces.
This Partnership between Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro that has been gaining a lot of exposure projects that convey instinct, ingenuity, humour, and historical references. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts are some of their most notable clients.
The Los-Angeles firm is headlined by Alexandra and Michael Misczynski and they describe their signature style as being edited. By mixing classical proportions with varied finishes and exquisite furnishings, they are able to create bold yet serene ambiences.
Pentreath’s style could be defined for his whimsical novelties as they focus on classical proportions and astounding details, regularly influenced by the 18th-century.
Since 1995, Bestor Architecture gives form, shape, and character to communities and neighbourhoods. Bestor Architecture is led by Barbara Bestor who has actively redefined Los Angeles architecture with a practice that rigorously engages the city through design, art, and urbanism.
Bjarke Ingels is known for creating cutting-edge designs, whether it is punctuating cityscapes with daring towers or devising innovative public spaces. Overall, the group never seizes to amaze design enthusiasts as you can see by the image depicted above of the Grove, in Miami.
Bilhuber designs can be identified as being traditional while incorporating modern practicalities. To Jeffrey Bilhuber, it is paramount to have a passion for decorative arts and a creation should always reflect a family or individual’s history. David Bowie was one of his most distinguished clients as well as Mariska Hargitay.
Specialising in a multi-scaled approach to design, Billy Cotton’s work spans architecture, interiors, furniture, lighting and product design. Cotton has that signature line of crisp, tailored furnishings and accessories that are coveted not only by the smart art set but also his fellow travellers on the cutting edge of design.
McCarthy believes, like many other prominent designers that a design should reflect the clients’ being while also being spontaneous. He works mostly on high-end residential projects.
The Company of interiors is managed by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller and their working style pinpointed as understated elegance as well as timeless, tailored, and refined, take, for instance, this living room decor in Southampton, New York. Out of curiosity, Jessica Chastain and Annie Leibovitz are some of their most preeminent clients.
The landscape designer complements the crisply sculptural buildings at this atelier with captivating, elegantly austere gardens. After his Madrid garden is decimated by a deadly fungus, landscape guru Fernando Caruncho cultivates its glorious new incarnation.
The Forerunner of the French firm best describes his style as contemporary classicism. The agency’s projects range from private houses to apartments as well as shops and head offices.
Commune is a Los Angeles-based design studio with a reputation for holistic work across the fields of architecture, interior design, graphic design, product design, and brand management. The design firm is managed by Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht. Their eclectic designs are of international and historical appeal.
Cullman & Kravis Associates is known for providing the highest quality of design excellence and personal service since 1984. While elegance and practicality is C&K’s first objective, their pride comes from the fact that every home they design reflects the personality of the owner, resulting in each project having their own set of characteristics.
The Interior design studio focal point lies in classical designs but they could also be construed as modern. They have developed successful projects in San Fransisco, New Zealand and Maui.
Epitomising the essence of luxe interiors, Romualdez believes that “form follows function—a home, no matter how beautiful, does not succeed if it’s not comfortable”. A particular distinction of this designer is the considerable amount of styles he utilises when decorating, always having in consideration thought-provoking and cultivated perspectives.
The Architect is renowned for her dexterity on balancing modern with warmth aspects. Berke’s designs represent a sense of clarity, simplicity, and sensitivity to context. Her architecture firm strives to enrich the world around it through enduring design and is mindful of the distinctive qualities of each place.
Jacques Garcia is a French architect, interior designer, and garden designer, best known for his contemporary interiors of Paris hotels and restaurants, including the Wolfgang Puck’s Cut restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York. The French tastemaker defines the true meaning of luxury and explains why the design has become international.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro, and Benjamin Gilmartin lead the design firm with the intent of “improving cities, rethinking conventions, and democratising spaces for public use”.
The studio was founded in 2003 by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran and are known for their personal, emotive and historical design approach. The studio prides itself on designing nuanced spaces filled with a mixture of classic and contemporary techniques.
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Source: Architectural Digest