Here at Merida we are constantly inspired by designers and enjoy being a part of the evolving world of design. For this list, we selected 10 New York City designers that we feel have made an impression on the design industry in a big way. Some have influenced the way people think about design by making it more accessible, others were selected because they are iconic and a source of inspiration for many, and others yet because of the way they challenge and inspire through their media presence. Many designers on this list have amplified their design philosophy through furniture and textile design. The designers all range in style and the list is not meant to be a “top 10” for visual aesthetic. Without further ado and in no particular order, we present Merida’s 10 Most Influential New York City Designers…
FOLEY & COX
About: Foley & Cox have had a strong presence in the design world since their founding in 2002. Specializing in high-end residential spaces, private aircraft interiors and yacht design, Foley & Cox is known for their ability to incorporate their client’s personal taste and style into their projects from the ground up. They have a sophisticated look that is elegant and modern with traditional elements. They do a stunning job of incorporating aspects of a home’s environment and brining it indoors to give a space context. Foley & Cox was named one of New York Spaces Magazine’s top 50 interior designers this year.
Take a Peek: We can’t get enough of their Mountain Home design. It is the embodiment of cozy elegance. Take a look at their portfolio to see the project.
About: Founded in 1982 in Palm Beach, FL, by Mimi McMakin, Kemble Interiors opened a NYC branch in the late 90’s under daughter Celerie Kemble’s leadership. Known for incorporating an unexpected element of surprise into each of their projects, Kemble Interiors breathes livable personality into the spaces that they design. Each room is unique and pulls together unexpected pieces in a way that makes them seem to inherently work together. Celerie Kemble was named one of the Top 5 Most Influential Women in Design by Elle Décor Magazine.
Kemble shares her design expertise through her book, “To Your Taste,” and is set to publish a second book, “Black and White,” this year.
Take a Peek: We love how Kemble plays off of the environment – utilizing slightly toned down splashes of color in New York projects and playing off the bright Floridian colors in southern projects. Check it out in her portfolio
About: Colombia-born Richard Mishaan has a way of making a space elegant and unique while remaining true to the individual styles of his clients. As he says, “the best interiors are layered and rich….I adore creating synergy between collected pieces whose common thread is tonality, a texture, or simply the excitement they evoke in the client who chose them…”. He often incorporates striking contemporary art into his fresh, clean designs. Mishaan was selected to be part of this year’s Elle Décor A-list.
Take a Peek: See how Mishaan utilizes oversized, bold artwork to make a statement in this Floridian penthouse. Take a look at the project.
About: Founded in 1998, Amanda Nisbet Design brings elegant, livable style to her interiors. Nisbet’s projected are chalk full of personality and have so much energy it almost seems as if her rooms are dancing. She has an eye for color and a way of making rooms feel elegant yet livable and fun.
Despite her success, Nisbet keeps her work close to her heart by maintaining a small firm and only taking on select projects at a time. She focuses on getting into the mind of her customer and creating a space that truly reflects them and the way they live. Nisbet has been sharing her work and inspiring people through the Twitter community.
Take a Peek: Flip through her portfolio and get inspired on how to incorporate bold colors into your home to add a little laid-back fun. Check out her portfolio.
About: Brad Ford I.D. was established in 1998 with a focus on creating elegant yet understated residential spaces that radiate style, class and sophistication. Labeled one of “10 New Designers to Watch” by New York Spaces Magazine, Ford has a minimalist approach that focuses on clean lines. Each individual object that he selects seems unique in and of itself. He tends towards chairs and couches with interesting shapes and lines, one-of-a-kind light fixtures, and bold artwork. Ford keeps spaces clean and simple, allowing you to fully appreciate the intricacies that make each piece special.
In addition to his eye for creating wonderful spaces, Ford is making waves in the design community with his influential presence in the world of social media. Ford’s blog, Design Therapy, provides a unique perspective on design, while his inspiring tweets reach more than 22,000 followers.
Take a Peek: We love the unique light fixtures and bold art that Ford paired in this project. Take a look at the project.
About: Betty Wasserman founded her interior design business in 1996 after 10 years experience in the private art sector. Wasserman brings her passion for art into her design aesthetic – allowing a stunning piece to set the tone for a room. She focuses on clean lines and is known for her skillful ability to design a room in a modern, minimalist style that has warmth and character.
Wasserman brings color and excitement to her designs through her deep understanding of and appreciation for artwork. She has brought attention to and provoked inspiration on how to creatively utilize art within a space as a whole.
Take a Peek: We love what Wasserman has done with this Bridgehampton residence. From the architecture and clean lines to the eye-catching artwork and open concept walls, this house is perfection. Check out the Bridgehampton House.
About: Bunny Williams has been a driving force in the NYC design world for years. After 22 years of gaining experience with Parish-Hadley Associates, Williams opened her own business in 1988. Williams takes on a classic, refined approach that emanates elegant style and incorporates unexpected patterns and colors in a seamless way.
Williams is so well versed and deep in her knowledge of design that others often look to her for guidance and inspiration. As the New York Times said, “Bunny Williams [is] a reigning star among New York society decorators.” She has a knack for including books in her spaces — and boasts four published works to her name, including one that shares her knowledge and love of outdoor design.
Williams also has her own full product line – Beeline Home – that has everything from accessories and wall decorations to chairs and lighting.
Take a Peek: Bunny showcases her own apartment in her portfolio – we love the glamorous canopy bed and are tempted to curl up with a good book in front of the roaring fireplace. Check out the project.
About: Tom Scheerer pairs his interior design skills with his appreciation for and deep knowledge of architectural structures. His understanding of the process from the beginning up results in well-designed spaces that are open, airy and seem to work naturally in terms of spatial relationships. Scheerer has a clean, modern design style that he accurately refers to as “relaxed modernism”.
Scheerer has been able to apply his style in different ways to execute stunning Manhattan apartments, laid-back country cottages and luxurious beach homes. He is well known for transforming many Bahamas residences and most recently the renowned Lyford Cay Club in Nassau.
Take a Peek: We love how Scheerer’s light and clean design tactics transform a Manhattan Studio. Check out the before & after shots. We also love the breath-taking floor-to-ceiling windows in the aspen residence – take a look.
About: If you think you recognize Thom Filicia, you probably do. The host of Style Network’s Tacky House and Dress My Nest, Thom has also appeared on major network shows including Oprah, Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres and The View. He has shared his design knowledge and educated millions through his role as interior design expert on the hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
In looking through his portfolio it’s no secret why Filicia is such a hot commodity. He has a talent for marrying unique patterns and textures in an evoking way. Filicia has a modern style that is sophisticated. He effectively uses splashes of vibrant colors to break up neutral palettes and draw your eye throughout the room. He often incorporates interesting visual objects and sculptures into his work.
Take a Peek: Filicia’s “Soho Mews” residential project captures how he adds excitement to his spaces with vibrant splashes of color and interesting sculptural objects. See the project.
JOHN LOECKE INC.
About: John Loecke Inc boasts a beautiful and diverse design portfolio. They have the rare ability to translate their design skills to dramatically different settings and styles. One thing that they consistently carry throughout all of their projects is their ability to utilize color. Whether it be a deep blue floral print in a classic interior or a pink chandelier in a sophisticated cityscape, they are able to integrate color to bring a space to life and give a room personality.
John Loecke and his partner Jason Oliver Nixon have been spreading their passion for design through their popular blog, Demystifying Design, and via Nixon’s column for Delta’s Sky Magazine.
Take a Peek: We love how John Loecke was able to pair greens, blues, pinks and yellows with unique patterns for a fun look in their residential project “Crazy for Color!”. Check it out in their portfolio
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