Matthew Patrick Smyth, Inc.136 E. 57th St., nr. Lexington Ave., Ste. 901; 212-333-5353; matthewsmyth.com
Smyth works in a traditional style for clients who like their rooms arranged down to the last detail. This serious approach is leavened with unusual, witty touches like global 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 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 Interior Designs54 W. 21st St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 905; megsharpeinteriors.com
If you feel at home when you dine at the Lion or Crown, it’s thanks to this savvy up-and-comer. She often utilizes more masculine materials, such as unfinished woods and concrete, in her designs.
Miles Redd LLC77 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Known for exuberant color, Redd has freshened up blah kitchens with peridot paint and outdated floors with the three-tone marble favored by the late architect Edwin Lutyens.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. 11th St., Ste. 4E; 212-717-9317; millydecabrol.com
De Cabrol manages to make rooms look well lived-in, 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 employs many patterns in her haute-bohemian glamour. 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 re-creates 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 & Sinsteden247 E. 60th St., nr. Second Ave., second fl.; 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 16th-century Guernsey farmhouse, for which they reframed more than 100 paintings, redid the linens and stationery, and made custom mahogany hangers for the closets.
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.
Patrick Mele125 E. 69th St., nr. Lexington Ave., Ste. 4R; 203-550-2264; patrickmele.com
Mele’s background as a retail designer for shops like Kate Spade underpins his residential work. Vivid color choices, particularly bold black and white combos, enliven rooms.
Philip Gorrivan Design333 Park Ave. S., nr. 25th St., Ste. 4A; 917-449-4677; philipgorrivan.com
Gorrivan creates lively, enticing interiors that blend the classic with unexpected elements. He layers bold colors and prints—whether on wallpaper or uphol-stery—with earthy tones to balance his rooms.
Pierce Allen80 Eighth Ave., at 14th St., Ste. 1602; 212-627-5440; pierceallen.com
Architect Michael Pierce and interior designer DD Allen work together on projects that conjure both luxury and simplicity. They love to scavenge, seeking textiles as varied as burlap and silk.
Reddymade Design80 W. 3rd St., nr. Thompson St., second fl.; 212-625-2099; reddymadedesign.com
Suchi Reddy embeds vibrant hints of color in otherwise calm interiors. One Chelsea apartment showcases a wood swirl-design Remy & Veenhuizen rug in a neutral-toned room anchored by a black dining table.