1100 Architect475 Tenth Ave., nr. 36th St., Ste. 1000; 212-645-1011; 1100architect.com
Juergen Riehm and David Piscuskas create pockets of modness. Fond of curvy corners and dramatic lighting effects, they stick to a palette of cool glassy blues and shiny whites, giving their projects a retro-futuristic feel.
Ahari & Associates524 Broadway, nr. Spring St., Ste. 405; 212-431-4456; snehalbhai.com/ahari
These architects and designers add a romantic flavor to contemporary rooms, lending texture to plain spaces with interesting objects from Asia and Africa.
Alan Wanzenberg333 W. 52nd St., nr. Ninth Ave., second fl.; 212-489-7980; alanwanzenberg.com
Wanzenberg combines the best of the architect’s and the decorator’s sensibilities. His rooms have a librarylike feel, with warm lighting, simple shapes, and the earthy textures of leather and wood.
Alexander Gorlin Architects137 Varick St., nr. Spring St., fifth fl.; 212-229-1199; gorlinarchitects.com
“A house is a psychic diagram of the family,” Gorlin says. That translates to: home as sanctuary, built of materials native to the site and fitted with wide windows to take in the view. Trained as a modernist, he nonetheless cites Vermeer as an inspiration for his serene spaces.
Alex Scott Porter Design180 Varick St., nr. Charlton St., Ste. 1202; 212-924-2966; alexscottporter.com
With an intuitive sense of natural light as a design element, Porter creates spaces that bring the outside world in. Among her past triumphs is a sustainable, off-the-grid Maine retreat powered exclusively by solar energy and rainwater. (ecofriendly)
Allan Greenberg Interiors750 Lexington Ave., nr. 60th St., sixteenth fl.; 212-355-0057; allangreenberg.com
Classical, understated elegance and thorough attention to detail are the watchwords at this firm, which offers full architectural services as well as top-notch interior design from preliminary planning, restoration, and installation of furnishings, all the way to fully stocking your refrigerator.
Andrew Berman Architect77 Chambers St., nr. Broadway, fourth fl.; 212-226-5998; andrewbermanarchitect.com
Creating modernist linear spaces, Berman is a master of converting industrial structures into elegant new living and working environments.
Andrew Franz Architect135 W. 26th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 10B; 212-505-1992; andrewfranz.com
Clean, open, and organic spaces are the firm’s specialties; most projects employ natural wood and materials while incorporating modern design principles. The staff includes LEED-accredited practitioners, reinforcing their commitment to the natural world. (ecofriendly)
The Apartment, Creative Agency101 Crosby St., nr. Prince St.; 212-219-3661; theapt.com
An open-sourced firm that offers both interior-design and architecture services, with an aesthetic that tends toward an avant-garde, semi-futuristic lean with sexy undertones.
Architecture at Large611 Broadway, at Houston St., Ste. 627; 212-965-8755; architectureatlarge.com
If ever there was an interior designer–cum–architect undaunted by the use of loud colors, it’s Rafael de Cárdenas. His palette frequently incorporates energetic shades like sunflower yellow and blood red, juxtaposed with feminine, romantic furnishings.
Architecture in Formation526 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 422; 212-714-1006; architecture-if.com
Celebrated architect Matthew Bremer’s outfit designs compelling, contemporary spaces. Innovative in every sense of the word, this AIA Young Architects Award recipient is at once practical and acutely studied: He created an urban bachelor pad for a young commodities trader based on the theory of fractal geometry and Plato’s cave.
Architecture Research Office170 Varick St., nr. Charlton St., seventh fl.; 212-675-1870; aro.net
The work of partners Stephen Cassell and Adam Yarinsky moves beyond modern via adventures in materials: laser-cut stainless steel, leather floors, and a translucent beeswax-covered partition have all appeared in their projects.
Archi-tectonics11 Hubert St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-226-0303; archi-tectonics.com
Architect Winka Dubbeldam’s homes favor the avant-garde: A globe-trotting bachelor got a blue concrete tub rising out of the floor; a suburban couple, a house like a continuous corridor, with cul-de-sacs for eating, sleeping, and working.
B Five Studio30 W. 24th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighth fl.; 212-255-7827; bfivestudio.com
This collective has been creating modern houses and interiors since 1981. The firm’s designs emphasize comfort and simplicity and often incorporate floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing natural landscapes or city views.
Bonetti/Kozerski Studio270 Lafayette St., nr. Prince St., Ste. 906; 212-343-9898; bonettikozerski.com
Designing residential, commercial, and retail spaces, Bonnetti/Kozerski distills and conveys the essence of each individual or organization in their projects. Designs are open and cleverly unified with wall or ceiling structures.
The Brooklyn Home Company67 34th St., nr. Second Ave., Ste. 3E, Greenwood; 718-715-0418; thebrooklynhomecompany.com
Helmed by the design team of Bill Caleo, Zach Stern, and Pete Gerolimatos, this cooperative of builders and architects completes top-notch artisanal work.