J.D. Bell, Inc.611 Broadway, nr. Houston St., Ste 405; 212-339-0006; jdbellinc.com
Bell dreams up artful solutions for any décor issue, no matter how tricky. One living room was outfitted with a wool-and-silk color-blocked rug, antique lighting (including a vintage Venetian chandelier), and a Hans Wegner caramel-brown-leather armchair.
Jed Johnson Associates32 Sixth Ave., nr. Walker St., twentieth 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.
J+G Design220 Front St., nr. Beekman St., Ste. 2B; 202-365-6868; jandgdesign.com
Jennifer Beek and Georgie Hambright’s new full-concept design firm blends an old-world sensibility with a touch of modern sass. It’s no wonder that young urbanites call on these up-and-comers to help outfit their first serious abodes.
Joe Serrins Studio526 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 916; 212-675-5220; joeserrins.com
This firm focuses on creating 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; barman.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 Ridder432 Park Ave. South, nr. 30th St., eleventh 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., thirteenth fl.; 212-675-9576; kembleinteriors.com
Celerie Kemble incorporates 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.
Kitty Hawks135 E. 74th St., nr. Lexington Ave., Ste. 11A; 212-570-2760
Hawks gives clients luxurious, livable rooms using soothing colors and a lively array of accessories—embroidered pillows, paintings, textiles. She often looks to Japan “for color, pattern, simple lines, and lessons in contrast.”
Laura Kirar Design475 Kent Ave., nr. Division Ave., Ste. 1006; 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). She once used curtains on a solid wall to cleverly frame the shadow of a chandelier.
LD Design917-402-9276; lddesign-nyc.com
Designer Lawrence Duggan comes up with custom solutions for spatial problems with a focus on kitchen and bathroom design. He also provides management services during a project’s construction phase.
Lien Luu, Ltd.304 W. 92nd St., nr. West End Ave., Ph. 2; 212-501-8617; lienluultd.com
Luu takes a subtle, graceful approach to design, using her background in math, design, and art to bring wildly different spaces to life. For a Southampton treehouse, she created a cozy hideaway by introducing leather couches and rustic wooden tables.
Mac II125 E. 81st St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-249-4466
Mica Ertegun’s work is famous for elegant simplicity. Neutral furniture from many times and places is arranged so that each piece has room to breathe but none is isolated.
Mario Buatta, Inc.120 E. 80th St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-988-6811
As the king 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 Cunningham589 Eighth Ave., at 39th St., twentieth fl.; 212-752-8484; markcunninghaminc.com
This Ralph Lauren alum is adept at creating pho- togenic spaces. His designs often employ a neutral color palette and incorporate luxurious textures such as silk velvets, nubby linens, and woven leathers.