Doug & Gene Meyer212-706-4096; dougandgenemeyer.com
Having grown up in Kentucky with a mother who preferred bright-orange living spaces, the brothers Meyer are color enthusiasts. Their brazen use of tone and prints makes rooms pop and leaves a distinctive impression. They’ve been known to weave one color throughout every element of a room.
Drake Design Associates315 E. 62nd St., nr. Second Ave., fifth fl.; 212-754-3099; drakedesignassociates.com
Jamie Drake is known for his striking mixes of colors, genres, periods, and cultures. For one project, he blended upholstered pieces from the fifties, Venetian-glass chandeliers from the twenties, and Op Art from the seventies. Michael Bloomberg called on him to outfit his London and Upper East Side homes.
Dumais ID130 W. 29th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 1002; 646-692-4666; dumaisid.com
Principal Kevin Dumais creates interiors that are lush yet maintain a disciplined modernism. While the firm adapts to client needs, its aesthetic adheres to a subtle color palette and casual feel.
Elaine Griffin Interior Design2215 Eighth Ave., nr. 120th St., Ste. 312; 212-666-2033; elainegriffin.com
Griffin creates warm, richly textured interiors that embrace each client’s personality. For a former Barneys fashion executive, she artfully framed the client’s personal mementos in a home office and added fine details like French seams on the curtains.
Eva Gentry Design371 Atlantic Ave., nr. Bond St., Boerum Hill; 718-522-3522; evagentry.com/design
Husband-and-wife team Eva and Gentry Dayton hail from the school of tough minimalism, producing stark, rugged interiors with a vintage industrial feel. Their own Brooklyn abode looks like the home of a rich Scandinavian Hell’s Angel—a stellar embodiment of their avant-garde aesthetic.
Eve Robinson Associates2091 Broadway, nr. 73rd St., third fl.; 212-595-0661; everobinson.net
Robinson’s creations employ a mixture of conservative colors, lots of texture, and eye-popping details. Her meticulous cabinetry designs include a built-in office bookshelf and a desk made from elm with high-gloss lacquered drawers.
Fawn Galli Interiors1133 Broadway, nr. 26th St., Ste. 1429; 212-792-2263; fawngalli.com
Fawn thrives on unlikely combinations, and her designs take cues from inspirations as varied as feathered headdresses, seventies disco culture, and a Gaudi staircase. She deftly mixes vintage with contemporary and isn’t afraid to use saturated colors to enliven otherwise neutral spaces.
Foley & Cox135 W. 29th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 900; 212-529-5800; foleyandcox.com
Given that they’re both Ralph Lauren vets, it comes as no surprise that Mary Foley and Michael Cox have a predilection for infusing interiors with high-toned vintage pieces and antique touches. A desk chair might boast woven, well-weathered brown-leather seating—a flourish at once graceful and practical.
Fox-Nahem Associates4 W. 22nd St., nr. Fifth Ave., fifth fl.; 212-358-1411; foxnahemdesign.com
This firm delivers tailored luxury for powerful professionals who want homes in which to entertain and retreat. Expect polished public rooms with cozy personal areas tucked away.
Frank de Biasi Interiors6 E. 39th St., at Fifth Ave., Ste. 1000; 212-431-1222; frankdebiasi.com
De Biasi collaborates with clients to create modern or classic spaces that can be bold or subdued. For a family who wanted to showcase its contemporary Latin American–art collection, he kept the furniture understated so the artwork would stand out.
Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design67 Vestry St., nr. Washington St., Ste. 8B; 212-219-7678; gvinteriors.com
Viñas infuses her warm and witty interiors with color palettes that pulsate with life. Recently, she ran a custom, stainless-steel tube slide through four floors of a New York penthouse.
Glenn Gissler Design1123 Broadway, at 25 St., Ste. 1100; 212-228-9880; glenngisslerdesign.com
Gissler balances rooms with lighting and woodwork before meticulously adding color and furniture. He’s often willing to let the art command a room, which explains why he’s a go-to designer for many dealers and collectors.
Gomez Associates504 E. 74th St., nr. York Ave., Ste. 1E; 212-288-6856; gomezassociates.com
Mariette Himes Gomez is a modern classicist who creates fresh, unpretentious spaces. “Even the mildest of rooms deserves a shot of color,” she says. “When used in moderation, cobalt blue, pale blue, and celadon can supply just the right punch.”
Hamilton Design Associates1 Union Sq. W., at 14th St., Ste. 709; 212-620-0800; hdanyc.com
With an eye for vibrant color and unexpected mixes of zippy prints and textures, Ellen Hamilton is the designer of choice for boisterous and eclectic personalities. One project included a living room with a blue-velvet couch, offset by chartreuse walls and a pair of brown-leather armchairs.
Harry Heissmann, Inc.545 W. 45th St., nr. Eleventh Ave., Ste. 1104; 212-586-0600; harryheissmanninc.com
Wit and worldliness define Heissmann’s design philosophy. He mixes classic luxury with quirky, funny objects such as a Kidrobot unicorn. Having worked for nine years under design legend Albert Hadley, he’s an expert in combining disparate objects and textiles from around the world.
Henry Mitchell Interior Architecture212-851-3211; hmiastudio.com
This architect and designer made his name via budget-conscious, clever renovations. Mitchell specializes in kitchens and bathrooms and is known to use concrete in innovative ways, from clean primitive floors or walls to high-polish countertops that resemble stone.
Homepolish1201 Broadway, nr. 29th St., Ste. 505; 917-426-1841; homepolish.com
Founded by Noa Santos and Will Nathan, this network of 25 up-and-coming interior designers makes professional decoration affordable with its flexible model: $50 for a 50-minute consultation. Beyond that, design plans begin at just $500.
Huniford210 Eleventh Ave., at 25th St., Ste. 601; 212-717-9177; huniford.com
Ford (as he is professionally known) creates calm interiors that meld eclectic modern furnishings with vintage items. His spaces promote serenity—he once hung a rattan chair with fur-hide pivots to create a peaceful perch that offered a view of the river.
Jayne Design Studio36 E. 12th St., nr. University Pl., Ste. 702; 212-838-9080; jaynedesignstudio.com
Known for his museum-curator savvy, Thomas Jayne designs interiors with space enough to admire fine eighteenth- and nineteenth-century antique furniture without sacrificing comfort.