Mark Hampton LLC654 Madison Ave., nr. 60th St.; 212-753-4110; markhampton.com
Nowadays, Hampton’s daughter Alexa is carrying on the family tradition. She designs for high-profile clients with a classic European flavor, great attention to detail, and her late father’s eye for color.
Matthew Patrick Smyth, Inc.136 E. 57th St., nr. Lexington Ave., Ste. 901; 212-333-5353; matthewsmyth.com
Smyth works in a traditional, full-blown style for clients who like their rooms arranged down to the last detail. This serious approach is leavened with witty, unusual touches like travel-inspired color palettes.
McMillen155 E. 56th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-753-5600; mcmilleninc.com
Designer Ann Pyne leads this legendary firm, the last bastion of old-money taste left since Parish-Hadley closed its doors. Projects range from a traditional penthouse on Fifth Avenue to a more modern, French-influenced one-bedroom apartment.
Meg Sharpe Interiors54 W. 21st St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 905; 212-518-2695; megsharpeinteriors.com
If you feel right at home when you dine at the Lion or Crown, it’s all thanks to this savvy up-and-comer. Her upscale interior-design boutique often dips into more masculine materials such as raw woods and concrete.
Miles Redd77 Bleecker St., nr. Broadway, Ste. C111; 212-674-0902; milesredd.com
Known for exuberant color, Redd has freshened up blah kitchens with peridot paint and outdated floors with the three-tone marble favored by the late architect Edwin Lutyens. Redd’s taste in furniture reflects a contemporary take on the traditional.
Milly de Cabrol227 Waverly Pl., nr. W. 11th St., Ste. 4E; 212-717-9317; millydecabrol.com
De Cabrol manages to make rooms look as if they’ve always been in the family, with comfortable antiques, eclectic flea-market finds, rich colors, and inviting nooks to curl up in. She regularly travels the world to find rare pieces.
Mr Call Designs110 E. 25th St., nr. Park Ave.; 646-233-2741; mrcalldesigns.com
Seattle native Jon Call is the man for those looking to design the ultimate bachelor pad. He combines classic American style with a refined masculine edge, incorporating everything from Federal-era pieces to mid-century-modern furnishings.
Muriel Brandolini167 E. 80th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-645-5940; murielbrandolini.com
A self-described color freak, Brandolini’s haute-bohemian glamour doesn’t lack for pattern. The design maven often applies vibrant block-printed fabrics to walls, windows, and upholstery.
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 recreates all the custom-made, ballroom-size drama of an Italian palazzo, French château, or Art Deco ocean liner. Past projects have included the renovation of the Carlyle Hotel and the Ralph Lauren flagship store.
Olasky & Sinsteden1201 Broadway, nr. 29th St., Ste. 801; 212-352-1917; o-and-s.com
The globe-trotting Catherine Olasky and Maximilian Sinsteden take an old-school, detail-oriented approach to design. The duo recently overhauled a sixteenth-century Guernsey farmhouse for which they reframed more than 100 paintings, redid the linens and stationery, and custom-made mahogany hangers for the closets.
One to One Studio347-452-9594; 121studio.com
Designer Clare Donohue has sixteen years of experience revamping interiors (mainly kitchens, bathrooms, and full-gut renovations). For the timid renovator, she offers one- to two-hour design consultations (from $350 to $575) to get the wheels turning.
Pamplemousse Design, Inc.807 Park Ave., at 75th St.; 917-494-9479; pamplemoussedesign.com
Delphine Krakoff, wife of fashion designer Reed Krakoff, has an uncanny way of making mansions feel cozy and townhomes vast. She has a luxurious style that yields brilliant room arrangements.
Paula + Martha7 W. 22nd St., nr. Fifth Ave., third fl.; 917-267-3405; paulamartha.com
Paula Caravelli and Martha Angus work with a bicoastal team of designers, architects, and artists. They bring an art-focused approach to interior design, crafting bright, eclectic, and personal living spaces that show off the owners’ collections.