Today we will look into the Best European Designers according to the 2023 AD 100 is a list of the best architects, interior designers, and landscape architects working today.
Best European Designers
Vincent Van Duysen
It is not surprising that Vincent Van Duysen was influenced by the work of architects such as Luis Barragán, Le Corbusier, and Louis Kahn, given the almost monastic purity that distinguishes his quietly stunning assignments. The Belgian designer’s sparsely furnished rooms are given depth by fine touches like silky plaster finishes, dry wood textures, and hazy colours. The Kvadrat store in Milan, the Winery VV by Vinetiq in Puurs, Belgium, and several rooms at Kim Kardashian’s Calabasas estate are among Vincent Van Duysen’s most notable designs.
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Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
“The end result must be a response to how they wish to live,” says Martin Brudnizki, referring to the context, culture, and the client. It’s a good thing for the stylish interior architect and designer from Stockholm that his followers, who include ultra-covert financiers and industry titans such as Soho House, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and The Birley Group, value high style boosted by irreverent maximalism. His stunning 2018 renovation of Annabel’s, London’s infamously seedy exclusive club, includes a disco with golden columns shaped like palm palms, a mirror ladies’ lounge with a ceiling covered in pink artificial peonies, and more trelliswork in general.
Bjarke Ingels Group
A spiralling, partially underground museum dedicated to the watchmaker Audemars Piguet. A futuristic city designed to put self-driving cars to the test. A former ferry was converted into a one-of-a-kind floating house. a Malaysian archipelago with a focus on sustainability. A partnership with NASA to construct 3D-printed homes on the moon. This multinational corporation, founded by Danish design icon Bjarke Ingels, creates modern icons that broaden the concept of what the built environment might look like—and how it can improve our lives and the world—or worlds—in which we live.
Rose Uniacke Interiors
Rose Uniacke worked as an antique dealer and furniture restorer before becoming an interior designer; both jobs had a significant impact on her current work. Her predominantly British clients include Peter Morgan, Jo Malone, Victoria, and David Beckham. In these settings, unfinished floorboards, pale hand-plastered walls, vintage Scandinavian furniture, and a scattering of evocative antiques are frequently used. Her style has evolved to blend the ancient and the new, if not as a distinguishing feature.
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Francis Sultana’s design firm celebrated its tenth anniversary with a special line of furniture honouring his late mother Marie-François. “My mother was, if you will, my first client; she let me try out different looks on her house,” Sultana explains. As you turn the pages, two themes emerge: first, Sultana’s native Malta’s strong Mediterranean-meets-classicism influence; and second, a fondness for the fine arts, which accounts for his clientele of art collectors from all over the world.
Beata Heuman, a bubbly native Swede who studied under British fashion designer Nicky Haslam, believes that “the best design combines form, function, and personality.” In the fresh-faced rooms that Heuman conjures from Nantucket, Massachusetts, to Hamburg, Germany, to the United Kingdom, her mischievous, family-friendly aesthetic is described as combining “a Scandinavian attention to detail with the desire to create something unique and characterful.” bespoke furnishings (imagine a bed perched atop white-wood lion’s paws) meet fabrics and wallpaper of decidedly mirthful mien (a dining room appears to be entirely encased in pencilled doodles).
After transitioning from clothing design for Pierre Cardin to interior design, Pierre Yovanovitch opened his own studio in Paris in 2001. Yovanovitch has developed a fondness for returning and giving old buildings a modern makeover since entering the interior design field. “I frequently work on 17th and 18th-century residences,” the AD100 designer explains, “but I believe they must live in our time.”
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