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Christoff:Finio Architecture

250 W. Broadway, nr. Walker St., fourth fl.; 212-219-1026;

This firm focuses on sustainability, adding features harmonious with environmental and cultural contexts (e.g., solar power and skylights that stream natural light). Recent projects include a net-zero-energy home on Long Island. (ecofriendly)

Daniel Romualdez Architects

119 W. 23rd St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 909; 212-989-8429

Romualdez wields his architectural knowledge gracefully and shrewdly. His interiors might pair his own designs with 18th-century French pieces, setting a scene that is timeless, refined, and unpretentious.

D’Apostrophe Design

392 Broadway, nr. Walker St., second fl.; 212-965-1077;

Belgian-born designer Francis D’Haene creates luminous, gallerylike interiors for art-world notables such as Dominique Lévy and Stellan Holm.

D’Aquinomonaco Inc.

214 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1202; 212-929-9787;

Architects and interior designers Francine Monaco and Carl D’Aquino transform spaces with a wide range of 18th-to-20th-century influences. They might use black-and-white Fornasetti wallpaper or repurpose Art Deco screens for the entry to a master suite.

David Bers Architecture

66 Huron St., nr. West St., second fl., Greenpoint; 718-218-8101

Bers creates clean, modern spaces for design-savvy clients like Cathy Horyn, Isaac Mizrahi, and Lena Dunham. He eschews the extraneous, cutting quickly to the essence of each idea. Whether designing an upstate country house or a city loft, Bers has a talent for bringing out the natural beauty of raw materials—stone, unstained wood, and the like.

David Ling Architect

225 E. 21 St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-982-7089;

Ling worked for I. M. Pei before opening his own firm, and his interiors reflect Pei’s refined sense of material and bold use of sculptural forms and water in space. For example, he might cut a pond into a concrete floor or cantilever a bed over an indoor waterfall.

Deborah Berke Partners

220 Fifth Ave., at 26th St., seventh fl.; 212-229-9211;

Berke’s ethos, she says, is “elegant, inventive, modern, authentic.” Her rooms often include rich woods, luminous plaster, and the simplest of stones, such as pale Indiana limestone, dark-gray slate, and white marble.

Delson or Sherman Architects PC

20 Jay St., nr. Plymouth St., Ste. 636, Dumbo; 718-789-2919;

Modern architecture meets historic environs: That’s the M.O. for the properties renovated by this 19-year-old Brooklyn partnership.


137 Clinton St., at Livingston St., Brooklyn Heights; 718-624-0244;

Susannah Drake’s multidisciplinary design firm specializes in high-end residential gardens, storm-water management, and green infrastructure. (ecofriendly)

Dyad Studio

152 Centre St., nr. Clinton St., Red Hook, 718-797-2030;

Modern, elemental, and minimal are the themes at this small architecture and furniture-design studio. Douglas Fanning has a fully equipped on-site metal shop, where he creates furniture and lighting influenced by the work of artists and architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Eero Saarinen.

Elizabeth Roberts Architecture and Design

168 7th St., nr. Third Ave., Ste. 3C, Gowanus; 718-504-5488;

Nothing superfluous is safe from designer Elizabeth Roberts. Dropped ceilings are removed and interior walls artfully knocked down to create lofty, light-filled living spaces that once felt cramped and dark.

EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect

526 W. 26th St., nr. 11th Ave., Ste. 514; 212-989-0652;

The bright mix of cheap-chic Ikea and blue-chip Knoll in Robin Elmslie Osler’s own home is a small taste of the calm, colorful, wide-open spaces she prefers. She designs for low maintenance and high visual impact.

Fairfax & Sammons Architecture

67 Gansevoort St., nr. Washington St.; 212-255-0704;

Fairfax & Sammons designs residences with a grand, classical feel. Incredibly detailed touches—like a bird-watching perch in an apartment that overlooks Central Park—bring out the particular qualities of each property and client.

Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, LLP

270 Lafayette St., nr. Prince St., Ste. 300; 212-941-8088;

Homes are at their most opulent in the hands of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, which takes a page from the iconic Parish-Hadley style. The firm’s forte is infusing traditional design with clients’ sensibilities to produce calm, cosmopolitan interiors.

Fete Nature Architecture, PLLC

140 Jackson St., nr. Manhattan Ave., Ste. 1C, Williamsburg; 347-623-0702;

Principal Julie Torres Moskovitz’s designs are guided by ecoconsciousness; she employs green materials and promotes sustainability at every opportunity, like the artist’s studio/residence where she incorporated recycled materials, radiant floors, and solar panels. (ecofriendly)

Gabellini Sheppard Associates, LLP

665 Broadway, at Bond St., Ste. 706; 212-388-1700;

Michael Gabellini’s pale, refined interiors provide elegant blank canvases. Often working within historic structures, like a ’20s Emery Roth building, he creates minimalist havens using a white palette, recessed lighting, and suspended walls and ceilings.

Ghiora Aharoni Design Studio

276 Fifth Ave., nr. 30th St., Ste. 1100; 212-255-1511;

Reconfiguring existing structures is the specialty here. Aharoni transforms closed, awkward New York interiors into contemporary open environments, creating volume, expanding city vistas, and adding outdoor spaces.


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