Jed Johnson Associates32 Sixth Ave., nr. Walker St., 20th fl.; 212-707-8989; jedjohnson.com
At this famed design company, interiors range from contemporary beach houses to traditional urban residences, like a Manhattan triplex whose master bathroom featured floor-to-ceiling Carrara slab marble and a polished-nickel bathtub.
Jennifer Post Design25 E. 67th St., at Madison Ave., Ste. 4A; 212-734-7994; jenniferpostdesign.com
Post’s immaculately conceived living spaces, where pure white walls create an ethereal effect, convey a modern, luxe sensibility. For one Columbus Circle residence, she mixed her signature white with contrasting black accents like ebony dining-room chairs from the 1950s.
Jenny Wolf Interiors136 W. 11th St., nr. Greenwich Ave., second fl.; 917-751-0579; jennywolfinteriors.com
A veteran of Ralph Lauren, Wolf grounds her approach to interior design in her clients’ personalities and preferences. Her aesthetic balances industrial, modern, and traditional touches, but her aim is always to create a home that truly reflects its inhabitants.
Joe Serrins Studio526 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 916; 212-675-5220; joeserrins.com
This firm focuses on providing modern American spaces, furniture, and fixtures. Projects range from small downtown apartments to large Miami estates, all with an airy, light, and open feel.
John Barman, Inc.500 Park Ave., nr. 59th St., Ste. 21A; 212-838-9443; johnbarman.com
Barman favors clean lines, strong colors, and traditional materials used in innovative ways. But beneath his classic tailored exterior beats the heart of an extreme modernist. Influences include David Hicks, Billy Baldwin, Maison Jansen, and Knoll.
JP Molyneux Studio750 Lexington Ave., nr. 59th St., fifth fl.; 212-628-0097; molyneuxstudio.com
Juan Pablo Molyneux orchestrates whimsical spaces decorated with art and architectural details. He deepens the ambience with old-world finishes like marquetry, lacquer, scagliola, and verre églomisé.
Juan Montoya Design330 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave., second fl.; 212-421-2400; juanmontoyadesign.com
Light, lean, and Scandinavian is Montoya’s mantra. The designer eschews the dark and carved in favor of Art Deco pieces by designers like Jean-Michel Frank, creating modernist arrangements set against a backdrop of complementary materials such as Macassar wood, sharkskin, and parchment.
Julie Hillman Design1063 Madison Ave., nr. 81st St., third fl.; 212-396-2071; juliehillman.com
Hillman urges her clients to show off their furniture collections, and she happily works with different budgets to create personalized environments. She favors furnishings by designers Maria Pergay and Jean Royère, set against clean interiors.
Katie Ridder136 Madison Ave., nr. 31st St., 11th fl.; 212-779-9080; katieridder.com
Ridder goes for the wow factor, be it through an unusual texture (leather tiles as wall treatments) or color (bright lacquered floors). After a trip to Berlin, she began to draw inspiration from Karl Friedrich Schinkel, using his blue and white stripes to amp up corner banquettes.
Kelly Behun Studio1 Central Park W., nr. 61st St., Ste. 52B; 212-581-1999; kellybehun.com
With an impressive grasp of design and art history and just a hint of irreverent humor, this Ian Schrager alum whips up warm modern interiors that juxtapose high and low items. She loves to collaborate with artists to produce custom work for clients.
Kemble Interiors224 W. 30th St., nr. Seventh Ave., 13th fl.; 212-675-9576; kembleinteriors.com
Celerie Kemble incorporates eye-catching textures and details inspired by the natural world to create gardenlike interiors that elevate the everyday. One Upper West Side kitchen featured mint tiled walls, pale-purple accents, and a flurry of glass-enclosed taxidermied butterflies.
Laura Kirar475 Kent Ave., nr. Division Ave., Ste. 1006, Williamsburg; 212-274-9906; laurakirar.com
Kirar creates home lines including lighting fixtures, tiles, furniture, and carpets for an array of partners. As a designer, she caters to an eclectic mix of personalities (urban gardeners and art collectors alike).
Mac II125 E. 81st St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-249-4466; maciidesign.com
Mica Ertegun’s work is famous for its elegant simplicity. Neutral furniture from various time periods and locations is arranged so that each piece has room to breathe, but none of it looks isolated.
Manhattan Renovations10 E. 33rd St., nr. Fifth Ave., 12th fl. 212-685-6358; manhattanrenovations.com
For 16 years, Manhattan Renovations has been a go-to for upmarket residential projects, executing custom millwork in their 8,000-square-foot workshop. Natural light and all-white interiors are frequent themes, with liberally deployed pops of accent color.
Mario Buatta, Inc.120 E. 80th St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-988-6811
As the prince of chintz, Buatta orchestrates patterns better than anyone, layering stripes, florals, needlepoint rugs, and chinoiserie. He’s not shy about incorporating animal prints into his interiors.
Mark Hampton LLC654 Madison Ave., at 60th St.; 212-753-4110; markhampton.com
Hampton’s daughter Alexa is carrying on the family business. Her designs for high-profile clients have a classic European flavor, showing great attention to detail and an encyclopedic knowledge of period style.