Welcome to AN Interior‘s inaugural top 50 interior architect and designer list, featuring emerging and established firms across the U.S. While these architects’ and designers’ talents certainly go beyond interior work, they are deftly pushing the boundaries of residential, retail, workplace, and hospitality spaces and cleverly reimagining the spaces we inhabit.
With a distinct focus on the process of making, Ensamble Studio leverages material technologies to produce dramatic spaces and forms.
Multidisciplinary studio 64North provides branding, interiors, website, and product design services.
Architecture is Fun
As the name implies, Architecture Is Fun produces playful designs, frequently working with children’s museums; it won AIA Chicago’s 2017 Firm of the Year award.
Chicago, Los Angeles
UrbanLab’s highly graphic design sensibility brings together smart solutions and visual identity in projects ranging from small storefronts to urban infrastructures.
Chicago, Los Angeles
The irreverent work of Design, Bitches employs layers of color, light, and material to build engaging interior spaces across Southern California.
LADG produces uncanny forms and clever spaces by leveraging common construction materials.
Toshiko Mori Architect
Tacklebox’s interiors are filled with “ordinary” materials deployed in unexpected ways, recontextualizing the quotidian.
Michael K Chen Architecture
MKCA’s puzzle-like built-ins make the most of tiny living spaces.
New York, Boston
NADAAA’s work engages with high-tech material investigations and form finding.
New York, Athens
The influence of LOT’s Greek office is clear in its mellow, refined interiors and the firm’s furniture line, Objects of Common Interest.
The highly intellectual work of MOS plays on contemporary and historical architectural philosophies.
Chicago, New York
A self-described superficial practice, Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley explore the concepts of play, illusion, and flatness, all within an often tongue-in-cheek understanding of historical precedent.
Part think tank and part design firm, every INABA Williams project is rooted in an in-depth research process.
Elliott + Associates Architects
Rand Elliott has been focusing the country’s attention on Oklahoman design for the past 40 years.
SPAN creates high-finish spaces full of carefully chosen materials and details.
Home Studios produces polished, finely detailed commercial and hospitality interiors filled with fine wood, stone, and metal detailing.
Architecture in Formation
AiF brings together eclectic styles for a wide range of projects, from large hospitality to urban lofts.
Only If— fuses smart geometries with clever materials for striking interiors.
Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin
Los Angeles, Mexico City, Milan
Ezequiel Farca and Cristina Grappin draw from their collaborations with Mexican artisans and use local materials to create contextual works for high-end clients.
The comic book sensibility of Bureau Spectacular delves beyond the superficial with spaces that encourage the occupants to live a less ordinary life.
Between her many residential and commercial projects across L.A. and her book, Bohemian Modern: Living in Silver Lake, Barbara Bestor is an influential force on Southern Californian design.
Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Johnsen Schmaling translates the beauty of the rural upper Midwest into site-specific residential projects.
Morris Adjmi Architects
Carefully proportioned spaces and forms—and a sensitivity to history— define Morris Adjmi’s elegant work.
Neil M. Denari Architects
Teaching at UCLA in addition to running his practice, Neil Denari is a perennial thought leader in the space where technology and architectural form meet.
With clever twists on typical programs, WORKac’s interiors are unexpected and playful.
The progressive Memphis-based firm is taking a leading role in redefining what architecture can be in the Southeast through its numerous projects and help in redeveloping its city’s waterfront.
Shulman + Associates
Shulman + Associates draw on the history, materials, and culture of South Florida to formulate vibrant, innovative commercial and residential interiors.
Clive Wilkinson Architects
Focusing on workplace and educational facilities, Clive Wilkinson has helped define the aesthetics of contemporary creative professional and learning spaces.
The workspaces designed by Studio O+A express its clients’ stories and personalities, pushing the envelope of the modern office.
New Affiliates works in “loose forms and rough materials” to create elegant spaces.
James Biber approaches every project with a fresh vision, letting design and function guide the form.
With a dedicated interiors studio, Olson Kundig has redefined the Pacific Northwest architectural typology.
OFFICIAL designs bright interiors with pops of color and custom furnishings. The two-person studio also has its own furniture line.
Aidlin Darling Design
Materials are at the forefront of and celebrated in each project by Aidlin Darling Design.
Brothers Christopher and Dominic Leong use broad, decisive formal moves to organize space into crisp, refined interiors.
Alexander Gorlin Architects
For the past two decades, even when minimalism reigned, Alexander Gorlin has been layering colors and patterns with great success.
Craig Steely Architecture
Craig Steely celebrates the tropical locales of his projects with interiors that reflect and embrace the native flora.
New York, Tuscon
Truly experimental, Aranda\Lasch explores pattern and fabrications as easily as space and form.
Andre Kikoski Architect
Known for creating everything from architectural interiors to furniture and finishes, Andre Kikoski consistently delivers refined designs.
Airy and ethereal, yet highly programmatic, the formal and material exercises by SO-IL are unmistakable.
Peter Marino Architect
Leather-clad Peter Marino is the go-to for sumptuous interiors in high-end retail and hospitality around the world.
Slade’s lighthearted approach brings together form, color, pattern, and material.
Charlap Hyman & Herrero
Los Angeles, New York
Bold interior forms with a refined material palette typify the work of RISD graduates Andre Herrero and Adam Charlap Hyman.
BarlisWedlick produces super-efficient, passive projects without neglecting aesthetics.
Schiller Projects works through analytic research to design everything from architecture to branding.