Interior design is something that touches on all of our lives, but how much do we truly know about the people behind some of the most inspiring home styles? Chances are that you are one of many people who would answer, “Not a lot”.
So, here is our selection of top interior designers from around the world who we think you should closely watch in 2013. You might not know them (yet), but they may just be responsible for the next must-have piece of furniture or luxury carpets.
Winner of Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s (ADAC) “Rising Star” Award for interior design in 2011, Margaret Kirkland has continued to go from strength to strength over the last few years, culminating in being named “Next Wave” designer by House Beautiful in November 2012. She founded Margaret Kirkland Interiors in 2010.
The resident of Atlanta, Georgia previously worked in New York, and has become known for classic and elegant interiors that draw upon each space’s structural assets. She aims for the rooms that she designs to make the most of the innate character of the home, while also incorporating the spirit and lifestyle of the client.
English-born but now based in Los Angeles, Paul Fortune can boast Richard Gere and Mark Jacobs among his many clients. He is renowned for creating interiors that are warm, inviting and unpretentious.
Fortune founded his own firm, Fortune Design Studio, in 1982 after some time spent creating music video sets. Fortune Studio has declared that it is not a brand, and places a limit on the number of projects that it accepts annually, so that it can give full attention to the client and individual design process. Indeed, to give just one example, Fortune has been known to forgo distressed reproductions of ancient stone in favour of picking up the real thing, from a southern Italian former monastery.
Clients wanting a space that is as warm, playful and chic as California frequently turn to one of its most successful recent natives in the interior design field – Tyler Dawson. She studied Art History in New York before studying interior design at the University of California Los Angeles, founding Tyler Dawson Design in 2007.
Dawson makes use of unique palettes, pieces and textures as part of a truly collaborative design process, with the aim of a timelessly stylish and distinctive end result. Her work has appeared in a string of major publications, and she looks likely to enjoy even greater success heading into 2013.