10 World's Great Decorators and Architects
A woman is Godâs most beautiful creation. She embodies everything gentle, everything artistic, and everything which has visual appeal. And this beauty is carried forward not just in everything she does, but almost in everything she touches. And this goes in the field of interior design too. With a heightened aesthetic sense already an intrinsic part of their personality, women do great in anything related to design and beauty. This is applicable in the sphere of interior design and decoration, too.
Homes and offices today are very different from what they were few years ago. Employers today realize the value of having a cheerful, aesthetically appealing office as compared to the dreary cubicles of yester years. Well designed and appealing dÃ©cor is actually said to add to employee productivity and our top designers know that perfectly. No wonder they are being pursued by companies wanting to add a bit more to their work spaces. You need to like where you work. And the worldâs most famous interior designers/ decorators will transform your work spaces to make them more appealing, friendlier; a place where your employees would want to come every day.
Why just offices? Even at home, people want to give their spaces new looks, new dimensions. And women, instinctively, know what is suited where. Furniture should enhance the look and feel of the room, while space needs to be utilized to the maximum. At the same time, there should be no overcrowding. Interior design requires a coming together of every element from flooring, spacing, color, furniture, drapes, and more to give a visually appealing and balanced dÃ©cor. Worldâs most famous interior designers/ decorators have a perfect knowledge of these aspects and therefore, are sought after for their talent and ideas.
When you think of professional interior design and decoration, you are already talking about something which is not routine; something not seen everywhere. Itâs about standing out with a distinctive appeal. Itâs about making use of space to deliver something extra ordinary. Women designers are continuously putting up wonderful examples of dÃ©cor in their clientsâ homes, as well as their own. They are an example of everything wonderful, everything fabulous that a woman embodies â everything that is perfect. They bring art into our offices, and into our living spaces, and inspire us with beauty and style. Here we give you a list of the worldâs most famous women interior designers / decorators. Get impressed!
1. Frances Adler Elkins
Style: Futuristic, inspired creations
Date of Birth: 1888-1953
Country: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Elkins got inspired by her architect brother David Adler, Jean-Michel Frank and Alberto Giacometti as she combined the trend with vintage designs. She set the eclectic popularity with the play of colors and contemporary furnishings. It varies from country French and English to Chinoiserie to Art Deco as well as loved by most art appreciators. She even influenced other popular personalities like Michael Taylor.
Yerba Buena Club @ Golden Gate International Exposition
Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay (1939 fair)
Historic Abode Casa Amesti in Monterey, California
Cypress Point Club Clubhouse (1930)
The Zellerbach mansion in Broadway
Frances Adler Elkins Gallery
2. Elsie De Wolfe / Lady Mendl
Style: Victorian style with innovations
Date of Birth: December 20, 1865-July 12,1950
Country: New York City, USA
De Wolfe incorporated fresh colors, metallic finishes, elegant Chinoiserie and animal prints with eighteenth century French and English furnishings to set light to Victorian style. The Chintz Lady was also as seen in trendsetting parties with easily maintained furnishings and minimalist designs.
comfortable chaise longues,
delicate writing table
framed mirrors in silver and gold gilded finishes
homes of George Beckwith, William Crocker, Barrymore and Henry Clay Frick
dormitory for Barnard College in New York City.
eighteenth-century footstools in leopard-skin chintzes
Elsie De Wolfe/Lady Mendl Gallery
3. Dorothy Draper
Style: mischievous, fun, refreshing contrast and boldness
Date of Birth: 1889-1969
Draper started modernizing contemporary designs or the famous Modern Baroque on most public large spaces using unusual color combinations, florals, stripes and elaborate furnishings. She believed in the idea of "if it looks right, it is right".
Projects which made her famous:
The Dorotheum, a restaurant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Quitandinah Palace & Casino Resort, Petropolis, Brazil
Arrowhead Springs Hotel, California
Hampshire House, New York
Camellia House, Drake Hotel, Chicago
The Greenbrier Hotel (White Sulphur Springs, WV)
The Carlyle in New York
The Lithuanian Royal Palace
Dorothy Draper's Gallery
Women who defined style
4. Petra Blaisse
Style: blend of interior and exterior, intertwining structure and landscape
Date of Birth: 1955
Blaisse creativity extended to textiles, exhibits, architecture and landscapes as she mixed styles to bring graphic effects through colors, flexibility, movement and lights. Her urbanized design is a combination of nature and culture with much sophistication and functionality.
Inside Outside in Amsterdam (1991)
golden theatre curtain for the Nederlands Dans Theater
vast curtains and poured floors for Lille Grand Palais in France
spiralling "sound curtain" for the Kunsthal in Rotterdam
Museumpark in Rotterdam (1992)
Petra's Blaisse Gallery
5. Laura Day
Style: creative developments and renovations
Date of Birth: August 28, 1972
Country: New York City, USA
Day’s sophisticated designs were manifestation of easy elegance with personal touches to satisfy client’s needs of function and beauty. Her simple masterpieces reflect personality as it is based on classic principles on playing with colors, lights, and furnishings. She focused on natural elements to come up with clean, comfortable work of space.
Laura Day Design in SOHO (1997)
TLC’s Trading Spaces
Home Depot's table for DIFFAS'S Dining By Design
a bar for Skyy Vodka
Laura's Day Gallery
6. Sheila Bridges
Style: flexible blending of luxury and function while maintaining comfort and livability
Date of Birth: not available
Country: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Bridges used earth colors and raw materials as well combinations of modern and classic or extravagant and minimalist designs. She was inspired by historical narrative of decorative arts especially the 1700s French toile.
Sheila Bridges Design Inc. (1993)
Sheila Bridges Home, Inc. (2007)
Harlem Toile De Jouy wallpaper
Sheila Bridges Gallery
7. Barbara Barry
Style: nurturing design with blend of sophistication and livability
Date of Birth: Aug 06, 1965
Country: Manhattan, USA
Barry has laid-back designs reinventing the West Coast feel with lush color, texture and cinematic light as well as the classic fabrics for quiet beauty. She appreciates naturalism and history to emphasize serenity. She luxuriously plays with color tones in layers as well as patterns with textures. Simplicity and glamour are the primary impressions with Barry’s work of art.
Barbara Barry Inc, in Los Angeles (1985)
She worked at Tufenkian Tibetan Carpets, Hickory Business Furniture (HBF), Henredon, Wedgwood, Kravet Fabric, Dream Bedding, Boyd Lighting, HBF, McGuire Furniture, Kallista Bath Products
Barbara Barry's Gallery
Style: green, life-enhancing and inspirational designs
Date of Birth: October 8, 1937
Clodagh believes in harmony of people and the simple materials used in a space to bring tranquility and pleasure. She applies Feng Shui principles and uses of sustainable materials like stone, concrete and hand-woven fabrics for her timeless designs of less clutter, contemporary lines and open spaces.
W Fort Lauderdale Hotel and Residences
Miraval Life-in-Balance spa resort in Arizona
White Horses Spa at Doonbeg in Ireland
Tufenkian Heritage Hotels in Armenia
Landmarc Restaurant in NY's Time Warner Center
9. Nada Debs
Style: Modern arabesque, sophisticated and urban
Date of Birth: not available
Debs believes that "less is more" in using chic arrangements with contemporary furnishings. Unusual mediums were set as an epitome of her multicultural and unique creations. She introduces cool minimalist designs as well as Arab ornamentation with her contrast and comfortable layouts.
Queen Rania children's wings of the palaces in Amman
Lebanese restaurant Fakhreldine in London
"East and East" line of home furnishings
mother of pearl inlays
Nada Debs Gallery
10. Tanya Gyani
Style: luxurious, high-end residential
Date of Birth: 1980
Gyani’s inspirations for her designs include nature and environment as she creates simple and contemporary works using clean lines and classics just like Barbara Barry.
Tanya Gyani Design