Mesh Architectures68 Jay St., nr. Water St., Ste. 213, Dumbo; 212-989-3884; mesh-arc.com
Eric Liftin enjoys pushing limits: “I like active environments that encourage investigation and experimentation,” he says. His intelligent designs for folding, rolling, and light-emitting walls allow him to create flexible rooms with an improvisational feel.
Messana O’Rorke223 E. 10th St., nr. Second Ave., Ste. 12; 212-807-1960; messanaororke.com
Architects Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke helm an eight-person shop whose aesthetic is minimal, clean, and refined. They specialize in Zenlike spaces, and their expertise spans architecture, urban planning, and interior, industrial, and furniture design.
Michael Davis Architects & Interiors435 Hudson St., nr. Leroy St.; 212-645-6066; michaeldavisarchitects.com
Davis does it all—townhouses, lofts, and apartments—utilizing salvaged woods and core materials whenever possible. For a concert pianist’s residence that doubles as a studio, he used absorptive materials and irregular shapes to create the perfect acoustic environment. He also owns 3FortySeven, an antiques and architectural-detail gallery in Hudson, New York.
Michael Haverland Architect1 Union Square W., nr. 14th St., Ste. 808; 212-780-9188; michaelhaverland.com
Haverland’s eight-person team takes on only a handful of projects at any one time. His designs reflect the styles of his clients—who usually hail from the fashion and art worlds—and his own modernist leanings. For one townhouse, he incorporated steel-and-glass doors that open onto a garden pavilion.
M (Group)336 W. 37th St., nr. Ninth Ave., Ste. 850; 212-874-0773; mgrouponline.com
Architects and designers Carey Maloney and Hermes Mallea have a great track record: They’re beloved by clients for their lean, layered interiors. They thrive on uncluttered spaces, light tones, and practical arrangements, with exotic touches like Fauve paintings and Greek antiquities in the mix.
Mr Architecture + Decor245 W. 29th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Ste. 1002; 212-989-9300; mrarch.com
David Mann has a quiet, almost scholarly intensity. He arranges the practical aspects of his clients’ lives into exquisite modern vignettes. One home office was concealed behind a movable curtain on a living-room wall, and it included slots for every last pencil.
Neal Beckstedt Studio135 W. 26th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 3A; 212-924-0700; nbeckstedtstudio.com
At this multifaceted five-person studio, a clean architectural aesthetic meets a warm interior-design style composed of rich textures and furnishings. Beckstedt focuses on lighting and spatial planning in his designs, creating a harmonious mix of soothing colors and contrasting materials.
O'Neill Rose Architects98 4th St., nr. Bond St., Ste. 409, Gowanus; 718-851-3925; oneillrosearchitects.com
This small firm seeks a balance between the everyday and the unexpected. Founders Devin O’Neill and Faith Rose have a talent for making small spaces feel expansive with clever solutions, like cutting a clunky kitchen island in half or incorporating an anodized-aluminum screen into a living room for extra natural light.
Peter Marino Architect150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave. 212-752-5444; petermarinoarchitect.com
Hiring this renowned architect is a surefire way to assert your place at the top of the architectural food chain. Marino launched his career in the seventies (Andy Warhol was a client) and is known for his innovative, trendsetting work on luxury retail boutiques like Chanel and Dior. Both his commercial and residential spaces combine art, architecture, and design to dazzling effect.
Peter Pennoyer Architects432 Park Ave. S., nr. 30th St., 11th fl.; 212-779-9765; ppapc.com
Guided in his relentless pursuit of classicism by careful study of past masters like William Adams Delano and Chester Holmes Aldrich, the acclaimed Pennoyer is known for creating luxurious, old-world spaces, contoured by archways, lay lights, and lavishly detailed ceilings. The firm won a Stanford White award in 2012.
Platt Dana Architects80 Fifth Ave., at 14th St., 11th fl.; 646-336-6270; plattdana.com
KaKate Platt and Hope Dana’s firm is known for its seamless blending of modern and traditional design, and their urban and rural residential projects have a luminous understated elegance. They use a variety of eye-catching materials including Venetian plaster and knotty-pine paneling punctuated by bold stretches of sophisticated color.
Pulltab Design10 E. 23rd St. nr. Madison Ave., Ste. 710; 212-727-9448; pulltabdesign.com
Minimalism and modernity guide principals Jon Handley and Melissa Baker, whose designs maximize space and create open, light-filled rooms. Their in-house custom-furniture line keeps with their natural aesthetic, incorporating different types of wood and providing hidden storage space.
Rafael de Cárdenas, 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 de Cárdenas. His palette frequently incorporates energetic hues like sunflower yellow and blood red, which he juxtaposes with feminine, romantic furnishings.
Resolution: 4 Architecture150 W. 28th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1902; 212-675-9266; re4a.com
Working in a style that is “lean, mean, clean, and green,” Joseph Tanney and Robert Luntz provide full architectural service, including interior design, lighting, and appliance selection; and their prefab work is among their most recognized. The duo even developed a design-and-fabrication system, the Modern Modular. (ecofriendly)
Richard Meier & Partners Architects475 Tenth Ave., nr. 36th St., sixth fl.; 212-967-6060; richardmeier.com
If you can afford to live in a Meier-designed home, you’ve most certainly arrived. Honed over a distinguished career that spans 50 years, the famed architect’s delicate spaces are showcases for views and art, carefully sited and crisply detailed. Past projects include the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the iconic Charles and Perry Street Towers in Manhattan.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects460 W. 34th St., at Tenth Ave.; 212-967-5100; ramsa.com
Stern has masterminded sleek skyscrapers and dream houses as well as New York’s Museum for African Art, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and Guild Hall in East Hampton.
Robert Couturier, Inc.69 Mercer St., nr. Broome St., Ste. 3; 212-463-7177; robertcouturier.com
As an interior designer and architect, Couturier mixes balanced, logical layouts with elaborate combinations of antiques, contemporary furniture, and ornately patterned fabrics. He’s in his element when designing stately Park Avenue homes with a bit of edge.
Saladino Group200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 1600; 212-684-6805; saladinostyle.com
Architect-designer John Saladino views interiors as walk-in still lifes that blur the boundary between art and design. He often incorporates grand columns and marble finishes, and he balances antiques and contemporary furniture with his own designs, always establishing the structure of a space beneath the curlicues and gilt.