The world of modern design is constantly evolving and never fails to surprise its connoisseurs and true admirers. AD 100‘s list is year after year a moment that everyone patiently waits for thus it dictates the future of contemporary design when it comes to architecture or interior design. Architectural Digest makes sure that every year a few new names, that are thriving in this so competitive world, debut on this list, and for 2021, there are 22 new names on this list that will fuel your inspiration like no other. Let’s meet them!
Debut: Atelier Masōmī
Sustainability is the guiding principle behind Atelier Masōmī, an architecture firm based in Niamey, Niger, that focuses on progressive community-minded projects.
Debut: 5 Solídos
The numerical designation in the firm’s name signifies the young Colombian designers’ holistic approach, encompassing interior design, architecture, branding, project management, and furniture design.
“Good proportion, suitability, and a sense of invention” is the credo of architect Richard A. Bories and designer James Shearron.
Since cutting his teeth at Dimorestudio in Milan, the Italian-born, Paris-based Fabrizio Casiraghi has crafted an intoxicating body of work that manages to both respect and rewrite history.
Debut: Charlap Hyman & Herrero
The duo featured in this AD 100‘s list, also curates exhibitions, designs opera stage sets, and releases product lines, taking an academic approach to every job and extracting gems of inspiration from dusty corners of aesthetic history.
Corey Damen Jenkins fashions rooms for exuberant living—tantalizing colors, playful patterns, a magpie mélange.
Debut: Elliott Barnes Interiors
An American in Paris, Barnes honed his craft with the late design legend Andrée Putman, serving as director of the firm before founding his own office in 2004.
Partners Sally Breer and Jake Rodehuth-Harrison are leading the charge in the youthquake transforming design culture in Los Angeles.
Debut: Hood Design Studio
While site sensitivity is always top of mind, creative director and founder Walter Hood isn’t afraid to introduce playful surprises, whether through conversation-starting public artworks or unexpected forms.
Debut: Höweler + Yoon Architecture
Many of the firm’s design projects, which range from public parks to private residences, it was designed in collaboration with the local community.
Debut: Joy Moyler Interiors
“Classic and crisp with a modern vibe” is Moyler’s take on the chic style that she’s developed after working in the offices of John Saladino and Thierry Despont, as well as what she calls “Ralph Lauren University.”
Debut: Kravtiz Design
Lenny Kravitz is as passionate about modern design as he is about music. Since founding his namesake creative studio in 2003, the rock legend has applied his Midas touch to a broad array of stunning homes and hospitality projects around the world, each one meticulously keyed to the exigencies of site and context.
Debut: Leyden Lewis Design Studio
AD 100‘s Leyden Lewis has “a passion for creating theater for living,” as the designer puts it.
Debut: Mark D. Sikes
With his just-so brand of preppy casual, Sikes has become a standard-bearer for great American design, winning over clients like Reese Witherspoon and Nancy Meyers.
Debut: Nicole Hollis
Hollis’s preference is for the boldly spare rather than the overdressed, conjuring rooms that are “all about form, light, and shadow.”
Debut: Patrick Mele
“Buy what you love. Look to the past, not to trends. Take risks, and have fun along the way.” These are just a few guiding design principles of the Ralph Lauren alum, whom clients adore for his dizzying mash-ups of color and pattern.
Debut: Reath Design
Firm principal Frances Merrill takes a narrative approach to design. “The ultimate goal of every project is to tell the unique story of the people who inhabit the space,” says the Los Angeles based designer.
Debut: Sheila Bridges Design
“Good design should tell a story,” Bridges explains. Thus, her portfolio of personal narratives for living: eclectic and worldly rooms that are also “thoughtful, timeless, and functional.”
Principals David Godshall and Alain Peauroi founded their burgeoning landscape-design firm with a simple premise: “We wanted to create projects that are about ideas and philosophy—gardens as an expression of culture”.
Debut: Tiffany Brooks Interiors
The Illinois-based designer, who studied business administration and worked in high-end residential-property management, juggles running her own business with frequent appearances on HGTV.
Debut: Vincenzo De Cotiis
Following in the footsteps of Italian maestros like Gio Ponti and Carlo Scarpa, the Politecnico di Milano–educated De Cotiis works at the nexus of architecture, interiors, and furniture design, prizing top-level craftsmanship above all else.
Research, social engagement, and optimism are all at the heart of this progressive studio, founded by husband-and-wife partners Dan Wood and Amale Andraos.