Mesh Architectures68 Jay St., nr. Water St., Ste. 501, Dumbo; 212-989-3884; mesh.nyc
Eric Liftin enjoys pushing limits: “I like active environments that encourage investigation and experimentation,” he says. His thoughtful 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 Zen-like spaces, and their expertise spans architecture, urban planning, and interior, industrial, and furniture design.
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.
Michael Davis Architects & Interiors435 Hudson St., nr. Leroy St., eighth fl.; 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., at 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.
Mr Architecture + Decor245 W. 29th St., nr. Eighth Ave., tenth fl.; 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 ten-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.
The Office of Thierry W. Despont Ltd.10 Harrison St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-334-9444; despont.com
A master of spectacle and size, Despont re-creates all the custom-made, ballroom-size drama of an Italian palazzo, French château, or Art Deco ocean liner. His recent renovation of the Ritz in Paris says it all.
O'Neill Rose Architects98 4th St., nr. Bond St., Ste. 419, Gowanus; 718-852-3925; 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.
1100 Architect475 Tenth Ave., nr. 36th St., tenth fl.; 212-645-1011; 1100architect.com
Juergen Riehm and David Piscuskas create sustainable, community-minded spaces with innovative touches. They once used hand-gathered Hudson Valley river stones to subtly conceal electrical outlets and heating conduits around the perimeter of a Soho loft.
Peter Marino Architect150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave., Ste. 36; in the Architects & Designers Building; 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 '70s (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 Architects136 Madison Ave., nr. 31st 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, its third, in 2015.
Pulltab Design10 E. 23rd St. nr. Broadway., 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.
Raad Studio5 White St., nr. W. Broadway, Ste. 4B 212-254-5490; raadstudio.com
Founding principal James Ramsey, once a satellite engineer for NASA and now the architect of the newly approved underground park the Lowline, brings excitement and originality to everything he touches, and that includes residential design.
Rabih Hage154 Grand St., nr. Lafayette St.; rabih-hage.com
The London architect opened his New York office this year, and has beautiful projects to show for it. His work has a quiet, powerful edge, balancing modern living with old world elegance.
Rafael de Cárdenas, Architecture at Large611 Broadway, at Houston St., Ste. 627; 212-965-8755; architectureatlarge.com
If ever there were 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.
Reddymade Design80 W. 3rd St., nr. Thompson St., second fl.; 212-625-2099; reddymadedesign.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.
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 lauded. 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 skill at creating delicate spaces, carefully sited and crisply detailed, showcases views and art.
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 Africa Center, 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.
Robert Passal Interior Design & Architecture333 Park Ave. S., nr. 25th St., Ste. 4A 212-242-5508; robertpassal.com
Passal began his career in the antiques business, an early education evident in his rooms, where every piece is carefully chosen to evoke a sense of timeless comfort and luxury.
Roman and Williams324 Lafayette St., nr. Houston St., sixth fl.; 212-625-3808; romanandwilliams.com
Roman and Williams reclaims objects and building materials from around the world to create spaces with historic, reenvisioned character. Using this firm is a surefire way to achieve hot-spot status (the team designed the Breslin at the Ace Hotel, the Standard, and the Dutch).
Sabo Project, LLC505 Court St., nr. Huntington St., Ste. 7D, Carroll Gardens; 347-738-8207; sabo-project.com
Alex Delaunay’s firm works in a range of disciplines, from architecture to interior and set design, but always brings a playful, bright energy to the project, whether it’s the stage for a Questlove show or a rainbow-floored kitchen in a French apartment.