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Gluckman Mayner Architects

250 Hudson St., nr. Dominick St.; 212-929-0100;

Richard Gluckman practically invented the Chelsea aesthetic: cleaned-up industrial spaces that are bathed in natural light and make great showcases for contemporary art. He adds tactile materials, striking staircases, and the occasional outdoor shower.

Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects

525 Broadway, nr. Spring St., seventh fl.; 212-947-1240;

The designs of this well-known firm’s apartments are based on a series of simple shapes—walls curve out for a breakfast nook or in for a fireplace. Materials could include Venetian plaster, stainless steel, or warm rosewood.

Hariri & Hariri

39 W. 29th St., nr. Sixth Ave., 12th fl.; 212-727-0338;

A new interior by sisters Gisue and Mojgan Hariri tends to feel like an excavation, however high the floor. They install sculptural fireplaces, cantilevered steps, and floating shelves, keeping work close to the walls to leave clean, quiet spaces for clients to enjoy.

Haute Architecture D.P.C.

134 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 806 212-695-9638;

German architect Torsten Schlauersbach, a protégé of Norman Foster, has worked all over the world. He’s as versatile as he is imaginative, having masterminded beach houses, farm residences, and a West Village townhouse. His firm offers a full range of services from schematic design through construction administration, plus interior design.

I-Beam Architecture and Design

138 Spring St., nr. Wooster St., second fl.; 212-244-7596;

Azin Valy and Suzan Wines design and construct residential, landscape, and commercial projects, blending an unerring eye for functionality with a streamlined sensibility. They once created a staircase that floated above a kitchen and connected to a rolling stepladder with built-in cabinets.


17 E. 64th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-472-5400;

Designer and architect Tony Ingrao enjoys juxtaposing contemporary furnishings with antiques for maximum impact, as in TV presenter Donny Deutsch’s living room, where velvet-upholstered bergères flank a mounted medicine cabinet by Damien Hirst.

Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects

115 W. 27th St., nr. Sixth Ave., ninth fl.; 212-620-9166;

This studio of 15 architects and designers has won numerous accolades, including the Award of Excellence from the AIA. The firm is keen to highlight the specific qualities of each site, with an eye toward sustainable practices. (ecofriendly)

Joel Sanders Architect

106 E. 19th St., nr. Park Ave., second fl.; 212-431-8751;

Using one continuous surface to create fully functioning homes, Sanders’s designs push the capabilities of computers and challenge clients to think creatively. A concrete floor may dip to form a padded conversation pit—then rise up to turn into a countertop.

Julian King Architect

304 Hudson St., nr. Vandam St., sixth fl.; 917-288-9849;

The firm provides full architectural service: site planning, construction oversight, landscaping, and interior design. For the renovation of a formerly dark Brooklyn townhouse, these architects created a skylit slot that bathes every floor in natural light. (ecofriendly)

Leone Design Studio

540 President St., nr. Third Ave., Ste. 2J, Gowanus; 718-243-9088;

This architecture and design-build firm takes an integrated, detail-oriented approach to projects: The architects and craftsmen collaborate from design through completion to ensure that the client’s vision is never lost along the way.

Leroy Street Studio

113 Hester Street, nr. Eldridge St.; 212-431-6780;

Led by Yale architecture grads Morgan Hare, Marc Turkel, and Shawn Watts, this practice provides construction management, design architecture, and interior design. One project involved combining three adjacent landmarked townhouses and reorganizing the interior around a dramatic central atrium.


141 Beard St., at Van Brunt St., Bldg. 12B, Red Hook; 718-834-0171;

With full design, fabrication, and contracting crews in-house, this studio is a one-stop shop for home remodeling. The majority of the firm’s clients enlist it for gut renovations, though Made also does top-notch interior transformations and reconfigurations.


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