Inspiration & Ideas takes a deep dive into the dynamic scene of Europe in this article, shining a spotlight on a group of 18 exceptional names that are revolutionizing the world of interior design. These visionary designers are pushing boundaries and making a significant impact on Europe’s design realm, bringing forth creative concepts and exquisite craftsmanship. Join us as we explore the inspiring journey of these interior designers who are transforming the interiors of Europe’s cities with their distinctive styles, impeccable taste, and unwavering passion.
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Founded in Milan in 2003 by Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci, Dimorestudio is a full-service, global architectural and design studio that spans residential, retail and hospitality projects, in addition to, producing furnishings, textile and lighting designs under the name of Dimoremilano. Dimorecentrale, the new headquarter near Milano Centrale Train Station, is the heart of the business for the 40-plus person team as well as for Dimoregallery, the evocative setting which features rotating installations and collections of the great masters of the 20th century and contemporary designers.
2. Elliott Barnes Interiors
In 2004 Elliott Barnes created his design firm in Paris. His aesthetic talents meant that he was immediately sought-after for high-end design projects, including private residential properties, retail and institutional spaces, hotels and spa installations in France and abroad. The Elliott Barnes style resides in his elegant handling of light and use of both unusual and noble materials which invest in unique, exclusive spaces with an innovative approach to luxury.
3. Fabrizio Casiraghi
Fabrizio Casiraghi developed his style and his artistic sensibility at prestigious interior design studios focusing on hotel and retail projects along with several private residences worldwide. He experiments with colour, creates surprising melanges and masters the use of light. His experience at the French architecture studio of Dominique Perrault and his formative years at the Polytechnic University of Milan enabled him to achieve the perfect balance between lyricism and Milanese sophistication, austerity and purity.
4. Hannes Peer Architecture
Hannes Peer Architecture is an architecture and design studio that specializes in luxury retail, hospitality and residential spaces, founded in 2009 and based in Milan. The constant theme is the search for eclecticism as well as high quality in the design at all scales through the study of the close relationship between architecture, historical context and new technologies mediating between craftsmanship and industrial production. The language used in the design is stratified and eclectic, uniting poetic vision and rigorous design. The studio’s projects are recognizable by their strong iconographic identity, based upon continuous research on colours and materials and the contamination between the various contemporary languages.
5. Hugo Toro
Hugo Toro is an architect and interior designer, originally from the east of France with dual nationality, Mexican and Frech. He holds a double Master’s degree, in Los Angeles and Vienna. And he graduated valedictorian from the Penninghen school in Paris. At 33, this hyperactive jack-of-all-trades already has some great achievements to his credit: the restaurants Gigi Ramatuelle or Gigi Paris, but also the Booking Office at St Pancras station in London, to name just a few recent examples. From an early age, he liked to build, invent, and cared about the detail and equipment of the cabins he imagined.
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6. India Mahdavi
Since the opening of her studio in 2000, India Mahdavi develops through her creations a certain vision of happiness and colour, which she never ceases to sustain. In 2003, she launches her first furniture collection and inaugurates her showroom at 3 rue las cases. In 2011, she opens her ‘petits objets’ boutique at 19 Rue Las Cases, as a place to promote a range of crafts and ancestral techniques as well as her signature colour palette. India Mahdavi has conceived many places, bars, restaurants, retail concepts, clubs and hotels from the Hotel Du Cloitre in Arles or Monte Carlo beach hotel in Monaco, to the Gallery at Sketch in London or Ladurée in Los Angeles and Tokyo. An architect and designer, she imposes herself on the contemporary scene in a singular, eclectic and nomadic manner, celebrating an oriental pop in the West.
7. Isabel López-Quesada
From the age of thirteen, Isabel realized she had a unique skill set to decorate in a completely vocational form. She decided she wanted to dedicate her life to making spaces more beautiful, from which at the age of twenty she opened her studio. Today, Isabel not only works in Spain, but also has spectacular projects all around the world, from the US to France, Japan, and the Dominican Republic. In addition to her affinity for beauty, Isabel is influenced by her travels and a genuine curiosity, which brings an eclecticism that all her works represent. Each of her designs begins with a careful and personal study of the details of the space.
8. Jacques Garcia
Born in 1947, Jacques Garcia graduated from Penninghen. It was in 1980 that he became known for the incredible decoration he made in his own house, the Hôtel de Sagonne built by Mansart rue des Tournelles. His meeting in 1991 with Diane Desseigne who entrusted him with the renovation of the most beautiful jewels of the Barrière Group. It was an opportunity for Jacques Garcia to create public places and show his work. Always a collector of royal objects dispersed during revolutionary sales, he bought the Château du Champ de Bataille in 1992 to serve as a showcase. The decoration 1996 of the Hotel Costes brings him the Parisian consecration. The Garcia style is born, sexy and baroque, greatly copied. The beginning of a revolution that will transform Parisian hotels and restaurants. More than 40 places bear his signature: Le Fouquet’s, l’Avenue, l’Esplanade ; le Murat, La Grande Armée, Ladurée…
9. Jacques Grange
The French designer Jacques Grange is the go-to decorator for fashion icons and billionaires searching for a high-end interpretation of an eclectic bohemian style. Through his traditional training where he learnt the important crafts of weaving, plastering and cabinetry, along with his attendance at Ecole Camondo for the history of architecture, design and decorative arts, he was qualified to join the studio of the French Interior design legend, Henri Samuel and from there, Jacques’ style developed and some would say ‘unequalled’.
10. Jean-Louis Deniot
Jean-Louis Deniot is regularly featured in international publications making him one of the most published designers of today. With an ambitious list of locales that resembles the index of an atlas, a few current Jean-Louis Deniot projects include private homes in Beverly Hills, townhouses on New York’s Upper East Side, the Waldorf Astoria New York residencies and amenities, a 57-story residential tower on Biscayne Bay in Miami, a residential tower including extended amenities in Palm Beach, private historical townhouses on Belgravia Square and Wilton Crescent, Cambridge House (In & Out Club) Hotel, restaurants and private club, houses on both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar in Tarifa and Tangiers, a spacious country home in Moscow, private homes in New Delhi and Chandigarh India, family residences on Hong Kong Bay and in Bangkok.
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11. Laura Gonzalez
Since founding her own practice in 2008, Laura – named Maison & Objet’s Designer of the Year 2019 – has captured hearts and imaginations with her bright, joyful design schemes. She has worked for hotels, such as Saint James and Maison Malesherbes in Paris, major fashion houses Cartier and Christian Louboutin, and has her own furniture collection of quirky, upbeat limited-edition chairs, tables, lights and ceramics, plus a very special gallery on Rue de Lille in the chic district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
12. Lorenzo Castillo
Lorenzo Castillo is a prestigious interior designer and decorator known for his classic, fresh and eclectic taste. An exquisite antiquarian, historian and art dealer, he is passionate about mixing the classical with the contemporary.
13. Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
Martin Brudnizki Design Studio is an internationally acclaimed interior architecture and design studio based in London and New York. Founded by Martin Brudnizki in 2000, the team is composed of over 80 interior designers, architects, lighting designers, product designers and art consultants and has experience creating hotels, restaurants, bars, and private members’ clubs; alongside residential developments and helping select a number of people design their dream homes.
14. Miminat Shodeinde
Founded by British-Nigerian artist and designer Miminat Shodeinde, Miminat Designs is a London-based interior architecture and design studio creating functional art and relaxed elegant spaces. The studio works across private residential, hospitality and retail projects across the globe as well as creating one-a-kind sculptural furniture, lighting and objects. Miminat Designs was included in House & Garden Top 100 Designers in 2023 and the Elle Décor A-List 2023.
Founded in 1993 by partners Adam Hills and Maria Speake, whilst studying architecture in Glasgow, Retrouvius began as a way to help conserve the Victorian tenement buildings in the city’s reinvigorated West End. The scope of the company rapidly grew… from salvaged oddments and architectural elements to reclaimed stone, tropical hardwoods, eye-catching one-offs, lighting, and textiles.
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16. Rita Konig
Rita Konig has worked as an interior designer and journalist for more than 17 years both in London and in the US. She’s known for her relaxed, “un-done” style and believes the best kind of rooms are those that make you want to come in, sit down and stay awhile. Rita Konig Ltd is an interior design studio, working on both commercial and residential projects. They’re based in London but work globally. The studio clients are the cornerstone of their design approach; every home studio design is based on a thorough understanding of the individual brief. They believe a room should be as comfortable as it is beautiful, which is why Rita Konig begins each project by thinking about how space is going to be used.
17. Studio Seilern
Studio Seilern Architects is a London-based international creative practice established in 2006 by Christina Seilern with the intent of producing exceptional architecture that lasts, working across geographies, building sizes and typologies. Our diverse portfolio of built work spans the UK, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
18. Vincent Van Duysen
Vincent Van Duysen was born in Lokeren, Belgium, in 1962. After earning a degree from the Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Ghent, he worked with Aldo Cibic in Milan, followed by a collaboration with Jean De Meulder in Antwerp, Belgium. In 1989, Vincent Van Duysen Architects was established. Today, the firm has grown into a team of more than 30 collaborators with work ranging from product design for numerous international brands to commercial and large-scale architectural projects, with a focus on high-end residences both in Belgium or spread across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the USA.