20 Top Interior Designers & Architects Creating Designer Home Decor
We have been creating lots of lists of Lh favorites recently, but this one on interior designers and architects who use their design talent to create not only stunning interiors but also beautiful designer home decor might just be one of my favorites!
The worlds of interior design and furniture are highly intertwined, but they also have many differences. Interior designers and architects orchestrate spaces, using furniture, decor, and art to create interior atmospheres. They seek out the most beautiful designs. But also create bespoke furniture and decor, perfectly customized to fit each of their interior masterpieces. So, it comes as no surprise that often interior designers and architects expand to the other side. Becoming furniture and decor designers and suppliers.
This list also holds a special place in Love Happens’ heart as our founder is one of those designers that expanded her personal brand from a design service business to a world-renowned designer home decor brand. When we composed this list we selected designers we admire for their beautiful interiors and home decor products. Some have their own brands while others offer their product designs as collections through other fabulous home decor brands. But all of them have two things in common, top design talent and beautifully crafted home decor. We cannot get enough!
20 Top Interior Designers & Architects Creating Designer Home Decor
Janet Morais | KOKET
Since a child Janet Morais loved beauty! So, when she founded DeMorais & Associates, her interior design firm and retail boutique in Northern Virginia in 2006, it was a passion coming to fruition. And she quickly gained local acclaim for her ability to create beautiful and bold, customized spaces.
In 2008, Janet discovered the fabulously unique furniture brand Boca do Lobo in her home country of Portugal and decided to bring it to the US. So began DeMorais International, Janet’s decor brand agency. Now with access to production, her next expansion came to fruition with her designer home decor brand KOKET.
KOKET is a reflection of Janet, la coquette. A reflection of all she loves and that inspires her creative mind. A collection of bold elegant upholstery, casegoods, and lighting created with the finest materials and by the most talented craftsmen to empower through statement design! After KOKET, came Love Happens :)! Then KK by KOKET, a vibrant youthful collection, the whimsical daughter of KOKET. And most recently on her design agenda is the launch of My Object of Desire—a design destination you must see!
Janet lives for her passion for empowering others through her statement designs and unique design-driven experiences and content—crisscrossing the worlds of interiors and products with her savvy sense of taste and genuine love for people and beauty.
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Kelly Hoppen MBE
Kelly Hoppen is one of the most celebrated and sought-after interior designers in the world. Born in South Africa, her relentless passion for design began at just sixteen years old. And today, with four decades of experience under her belt and countless stunning projects, she is truly a design icon.
When it comes to the product side of Kelly Hoppen MBE the list is long! Sonder Living, Disney, QVC, Pavoni, Hakwood, Joseph Giles to name a few. And, with a number of ‘coming soon’ collabs on her list, we can’t wait to see what Kelly comes up with next!
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FORM Design Studio
“Arbiters of taste and holistic living, blending the line between what is beautiful and what sustains.” This is how the insanely talented, gracious, and dynamic design duo Joshua Rose and Rafael Kalichstein describe the intention behind each project at their Los Angeles area firm FORM Design Studio.
An Emmy award-winning designer, Josh spent many years in visual effects and production design for the film and television industry before joining forces with Rafi to share his unique and unparalleled perspective with the world of interior design. For nearly twenty years Rafi explored and practiced Eastern healing. Eventually becoming a certified practitioner of Black Hat Feng Shui, a practice he embraces in his current design work.
In 2006 the pair started FORM Design Studio where their unique backgrounds, shared innate sense of style and genuine character result in the creation of exciting, harmonious, functional, and visually gorgeous spaces. Known for their eclectic, mid-century, modern and transitional style, they love to decorate with the finest materials and finishes, luxury furniture finds, unique lighting, and exquisite accessories.
Constantly on the hunt for the perfect products, FORM, of course, has some ideas of their own. So began their foray into product design in 2016 with The Brussels Collection for Dempsey & Carroll.
Stationery was just the beginning for FORM. In 2017 they launched beautiful works of art with the Leftbank Art Collection. Next in 2018 came beautiful hand-knotted rugs from Nepal designed for The Bisous Collection for Mehraban Rugs. Then, most recently, FORM partnered with Global Views launching a beautiful collection of furniture, accessories, lighting, and rugs with the designer decor brand. Enjoy!
Timeless in its stature with a boldly modern twist, the Lori Morris designer home decor collection features a curated selection of beautifully hand-crafted pieces to infuse high style and glamour into any décor. Colors are distinctively Lori Morris with a concise palette to compliment any room and add personality: black for its strength and ability to ground a space; the purity and elegance of cream; pastel pink and powder blue for their softness and sex appeal.
Each piece is timeless and flawlessly executed with just the right amount of edgy attitude and contemporary elegance to elevate any space. This collection embodies beauty and brains, stealth in its high-intensity luxury with the functional versatility to deliver in spades.
Known for his mastery of pattern and color, the multi-award-winning Australian designer Greg Natale tailors beautifully curated and sophisticated interiors and exquisite designer home decor and lifestyle products.
Greg extended his passion for pattern, line, and color in interiors to the products themselves. Geometric and organic home decor designs in the form of rugs, carpet, wallpaper, tiles, furniture, and homewares. In addition to designing for his own brand, Greg has collaborated with local and global brands such as leading Australian firm Designer Rugs, classic French furniture label Grange, and Italian tile experts Bisazza, with whom he launched The Mosaico Collection during Milan Design Week 2017. Latest projects include a furniture range with American company Kindel and a new Greco-Roman wallpaper collection with Sydney-based Signature Prints.
Greg continues to expand his business and also currently has his own line of products available in Bergdorf Goodman, as well as a new flagship store in Sydney.
When it comes to interior designers with designer home decor brands Kelly Wearstler is one who has most certainly created a name for herself! After founding her own design firm Kelly Wearstler Interior Design in the mid-1990s, her ensuing work within the hotel industry built her reputation in California, with The New Yorker dubbing her “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design.”
With an instantly recognizable signature personal style, Kelly has created countless products for both her own brand and other top designer home decor companies, such as Kravet, Lee Jofa, The Rug Company, Ann Sacks, and Visual Comfort.
Rebecca James | Felice/James
After a short stint as a ballet dancer and a decade long career as a fashion model traveling the world, Rebecca James decided to reinvent herself as an interior designer. As such fashion, art, and individuality play an important role at Rebecca James Studio.
Often described as bold and thought-provoking, each of the London-based designer’s interiors is refined, balanced, and harmonious. And when it comes to product, Rebecca joined forces with artisan Andrea Felice forming the designer home decor brand Felice/James.
Felice/James was borne out of Rebecca and Andrea’s mutual passion for Art deco and mid-century Italian design. The result is a collection that fuses Rebecca’s glamorous aesthetic with Andrea’s modern industrial flair and craftsmanship. The collection is also fluid and balanced with sensual curves akin to the female form, as seen in the Oriette vanity table below.
Each piece is crafted in Andrea’s London studio and is signed and numbered, guaranteeing its provenance. Rebecca and Andrea’s shared vision is to create timeless and elegant conversation pieces that feel at home in both modern and classical settings. Love!
Cheryl Eisen | img HOME
As a full-service property marketing and luxury design firm, IMG and CEO, Cheryl Eisen are well known for their signature style as featured in the most prominent residential homes and commercial developments of New York City, The Hamptons, Miami, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
“I was always searching for simple, elegant, textured, neutral bedding, unique statement vases, and extra-long, extra plush faux fur throws,” explains Cheryl Eisen, Founder & President of Interior Marketing Group. “I’d always end up settling for whatever was out there. At some point, I just decided to create my own—it seemed like a no-brainer.”
Originally created for IMG’s own interior design clients and staging projects, img | HOME’s initial launch of globally influenced, high-quality pieces features luxury bedding, hand-blown glassware, leather accent pillows, woven alpaca throw blankets, and an exceptionally long, faux fur throw blanket. This exclusive, limited-run of curated items are Cheryl and IMG’s first foray into bespoke designer home decor products as driven by consumer interest and company need. And we are pretty sure this is just the beginning!
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Humbert & Poyet
Interior architect Christophe Poyet and architect Emil Humbert joined forces in 2007 to create Humbert & Poyet. Ever since then the duo has been designing stunning hospitality, commercial and residential spaces. With restaurants such as Beefbar and Song Qi, showrooms, offices, villas, apartments, and hotels in their hometown of Monaco, but also in Paris, Berlin, London, Mexico City, Dubai, Hong Kong and beyond.
A Monaco native, Christophe Poyet is a CFAI interior architect and a graduate of the prestigious Académie Charpentier in Paris. And Parisian, Emil Humbert is a DPLG architect (Graduated by the Government) and studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture Paris-Belleville.
Just this fall Humbert & Poyet unveiled their latest designer home decor collection, Metamorphosis, a collaboration with historic iron maker and design curator Maison Pouenat. The collection celebrates the values of the two houses: passion for bespoke craftsmanship and the preservation of incomparable savoir-faire. Inspired by the Art Deco period and artists from the 1950s and 1970s, the collection is also an homage to a number of the design duo’s favorite artists. Pure, clean lines, and a resolutely contemporary spirit define the collection of light fixtures, sofas, armchairs, and tables.
In 2001 Spanish born, Italian-based Patricia Urquiola founded Studio Urquiola alongside her partner Alberto Zontone. From industrial product design to architecture for hotels, retail, residences, and exhibitions, Patricia Urquiola is a name to know when it comes to top designer home decor and stunning spaces.
Key to Patricia’s magnificent creations is her focus on the relationship between users and the way in which they use space and objects. As a result she has been well recognized by numerous prestigious awards and her work is exhibited in many of the world’s finest art and design museums.
With designs for her own brand, position as Creative Director of Cassina since 2015 and collaborations with numerous important Italian and international design companies, including Agape, Alessi, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Baccarat, Boffi, Budri, De Padova, Driade, Coedition, Ferragamo, Flos, Gan, Georg Jensen, Glas Italia, Haworth, Kartell, Kettal, Kvadrat, Listone, Giordano, Louis Vuitton, Molteni, Moroso, Mutina, Rosenthal and Verywood…this list says all you need to know!
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A renowned name in the world of architecture and interior design, Jean-Louis Deniot has been creating eclectic and luxurious atmospheres since founding his eponymous firm at 26.
“At the crossroads between classical terminology and contemporary aesthetics, Jean-Louis Deniot’s interiors are serene, elegant and dramatic as awash with nods to other time periods, yet never typical or literal.”
For Jean-Louis, style must promote harmony and wellbeing. With projects around the world, literally across five continents, over two decades of experience and countless awards, the French native is a design force.
In addition to his beautiful interiors, Jean-Louis has earned recognition for his designer home decor collections with numerous prestigious brands including Baker Furniture, Jean de Merry, George Smith, Collection Pierre, Pouenat, and Marc de Berny.
The late Dame Zaha Hadid was a British Iraqi architect from Baghdad, Iraq, and perhaps one of the most well-known female architects to date. Her major works include the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympics, the Broad Art Museum in the US, the MAXXI Museum in Rome, and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.
Though primarily known as an architect, Zaha Hadid was also an accomplished product designer, lending her sculptural aesthetic to objects ranging from furniture and fixtures to jewelry and shoes.
In 2004, Zaha was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She received the UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize, in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, she was made a Dame by Elizabeth II for services to architecture, and in February 2016, the month preceding her death, she became the first and only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Founder and creative director of her eponymous design firm, Kara Mann is known for her impactful, refined interiors which draw inspiration from a myriad of creative fields including art, architecture and fashion, where she began her career. With offices in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, since founding her firm in 2005, Kara has acquired the reputation of a “cultural vanguard.”
A steady stream of residential and commercial projects caught the attention of Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop, which sought her out for a collaboration in Chicago. The same year she was enlisted to reinvigorate Baker Furniture’s Milling Road line and debuted a collection of furniture that blurred the lines between classical and contemporary. In addition to ongoing residential projects, in 2020 Kara launched two high profile furniture collaborations, one with CB2 and the other with McGuire Furniture. The 24-piece collection in collaboration with McGuire draws inspiration from vintage designs with a 197-s West Coast feel – earthy cozy, yes please!
Kara is also the founder of KEPT. “From your kitchen to your bathroom, bedroom, closet, and everywhere in between, KEPT elevates everyday home essentials into thoughtful products that look good and work well. Beautiful, utilitarian pieces made from real materials that last. My mom is the original KEPT influencer and inspiration. She had a place for everything, kept everything in its place, and showed me that life is nicer when you buy once and buy well. Our home was tidy and happy and that’s what I hope this line brings to you. So #keepitKEPT people and join us as we elevate the art of housekeeping.”
Since Alexa Hampton took the reins of Mark Hampton, her father’s iconic firm, as owner and president in 1998, she has advanced its legacy of elegant, practical, classically based interiors for modern living – and extended its global reach.
From New York City to Hangzhou, China, her project portfolio encompasses luxe, beautifully layered urban apartments, expansive town and country residences, private airplanes, and yachts. Regularly named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 and House Beautiful’s Top Designer list as well as Elle Décor’s A-List, Hampton translates the classical principles of good design and decoration into some of today’s most elegant, enduring, and functional domestic landscapes.
In an ever-expanding portfolio of acclaimed products, Alexa provides smart, stylish, design-rich solutions for every aspect of the home. On-going Hampton-designed collections include furniture for Theodore Alexander, lighting for Visual Comfort & Co. and Generation Lighting, fabrics and trims for Kravet, broadloom carpet for Stark, pillows, and bedding with Eastern Accents, table linens for La Gallina Matta, hardware for SA Baxter, mantels for Chesney’s, architectural moldings for White River, and flooring for Globus Cork.
Ever since she founded her studio in 2008, globally recognized product and interior designer Nika Zupanc has been creating distinctive designs inspired by technologies, materials, and possibilities. Nikas’s work carries an emotional charge, along with a touch of theatre and Film Noir. “I want to challenge the rational, sober and utilitarian by giving voice to the intuitive, eclectic and intimate,” says Nika.
After launching her first object, the Lolita lamp for Moooi, Nika went on to create a wide range of products for a number of other distinguished design companies such as Qeeboo, Sé, Moroso, and Nodus. She works with prestigious clients on specially assigned projects as was her installation Room of one’s own for Dior. Her praised limited edition collections and installations are exhibited around the world, sometimes as part of high-end collaborations like the one with Rossana Orlandi. Along the way, the Slovenian designer continuously produces objects under her own brand Nika Zupanc and is involved in various interior projects.
In 2020 Nika released new designs for her Strings Collection with designer home decor brand Scarlet Splendour. Strings is an elegant paradox between the lightness we imagine when we think of strings, now made of hard steel, and defined into cabinets and credenzas. New pieces to the collection include a coffee table, pouf, and sofa.
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After graduating from the School of Architecture at IUAV University of Venice in 2005, Cristina worked with prestigious design studios, focusing on interior architecture and design. In 2009 she moved to Milan, founding two years later her brand Attico Design. In 2013 she opened her own design studio. During DesignMiami/ 2016 Cristina designed “The Happy Room” collection for Fendi and during Milan Design Week 2019 she partnered with Fendi again for “Back Home”. Cristina has received many international prizes and honors.
As a designer, architect, and avid collector of Italian design masterpieces, Cristina Celestino creates exclusive projects for private clients and companies. Her work also extends to creative direction for companies and the design of products and displays. Common features to all projects are defined geometry and rigorous research, combined with a subtle play on the impact of traditional forms.
Based in Milan, Attico Design naturally evolved from Cristina Celestino’s experimental work and interior design, converting special commission projects and research activity into a small series production. Attico Design comes to life with the help of Italian expert craftsmen, working with selected metals, textiles, marbles, and lacquered surfaces, combining long experience with the care for detail and unique working techniques.
For over twenty years, architect and interior designer Thierry Lemaire has created countless beautiful deluxe apartments and private houses. In addition he recently created new public spaces in the Parisian capital. Thierry’s designs make strong statements while permeating sensual modernism.
When it comes to his furniture, Thierry designs with lines and materials that leave no one indifferent, all this inherited from his first love, straightforward architecture, and from his passion for Jean-Michel Frank, Paul Dupré-Lafon, Jean Prouvé, etc.
A connoisseur of 20th and 21st century Decorative Arts, an inquisitive talent scout, in 2017 Thierry opened an eponymous gallery in Paris to present his furniture alongside the work of talented artists, painters, and ceramists, who he represents with the same conviction. Deeply-rooted passion!
Whether it’s for his prestigious building sites or for his high-end furniture pieces, Thierry’s passion for content and container features the same exacting requirements in terms of details, a taste for streamlined graphics, noble, strong and timeless materials,—precious and rustic, smooth and rough— such as marble, bronze, Macassar ebony, lacquers, exotic essences.
In the summer of 2020, Thierry Lemaire launched a collection of exceptional furniture for Mobilier National. The sleek and contemporary furniture selected by the Mobilier National is installed in the salons of the Elysée Palace, including the Doré lounge, the president’s office, as well as the Pompadour reception rooms, cartography, and aides-de-camp. The collection responds to Mobilier National’s desire to be present in the high places of the republic with excellent productions aimed at promoting French know-how.
Fiona Barratt Campbell | FBC London
With more than 17 years of experience, Fiona Barratt Campbell is no stranger to the ins and outs of design. From award-winning interiors to renowned product designs through her brand FBC London, in Fiona’s words, “My designs are born of a passion to create pieces of timeless elegance, luxurious in their diverse materiality, quality of finishing and attention to detail. Each piece is made by a variety of artisans and craftsmen utilising modern and traditional techniques with a varied palette of materials and textures. I’m immensely proud to say that many of our products are still manufactured in the northeast of England, within a few miles of where I grew up.”
Born and raised in Northumberland, England, Fiona draws on the history of the rugged landscape she grew up in; shaped and influenced by its underlying geology laid down some 400 million years ago. Roman influence is a further stimulus, including Hadrian’s Wall and its archaeology; the most heavily fortified frontier in the Roman Empire. Design is embedded in Fiona’s DNA.
In September 2020, FBC London launched its new collection of handcrafted furniture. Established in 2013, FBC is renowned for creating pieces that are heavily inspired by history and the diverse colors and textures derived from nature, particularly the rugged landscape of her childhood.
Alongside the new Rain and Column indoor furniture collections, which focus heavily on the use of texture and interesting materials, Fiona has unveiled a number of outdoor furniture pieces as well.
A self-proclaimed “creator of Haute Couture furniture and spaces,” Damien Langlois-Meurinne is one of France’s leading designers and interior architects. After starting his career at Christian Liaigre, Damien went on to found his own eponymous firm and has since completed many exceptional projects including yachts, a private island, boutiques in NYC, contemporary Parisian apartments, and an upscale spa in China.
Damien’s style is characterized by timeless elegance, purity, a mix of sophistication and simplicity, and contemporary French Chic vibes. Amongst his key-words, he likes to talk about “balance”, “rigor combined with lightness”, “a passion for detail and exceptional venues”, as well as “a certain poetry.”
In addition to interiors, Damien has designed furniture collections for Zimmer + Rohde, Sé London, and Pouenat. When it comes to product design he confirms with passion the importance conveyed by the quality of the objects surrounding us and their emotional dimension. Damien favors using natural materials such as bronze, lacquer, marble, as well as massive and precious woods, that have been crafted in collaboration with the finest master artisans. “For me, the intervention of the craftsman’s hand is decisive,” says Damien.
From her eponymous Los Angeles based design studio, Gulla Jonsdottir creates sensual, dynamic, and unexpected interiors and product designs. The Icelandic Architect integrates organic beauty and function resulting in unique spatial experiences. A lover of art and beauty, Gulla has always been fascinated by architecture, furniture, fashion, and art. “Creating something of beauty shows a way of bringing joy into the world,” says Gulla.
When it comes to products, Gulla’s atelier is her gateway to sharing beauty and inspiring through art, culture, and objects!
We hope you enjoy all the talent of the designers in this article as much as we do!
By Anna Beck Bimba