Penny Drue Baird, Dessins787 Madison Ave., nr. 67th St.; 212-288-3600; dessinsllc.com
Baird draws on European styles to design warm, sophisticated interiors. Her spaces cover a range of aesthetics, from the cozy elegance of a provincial farmhouse to sleek, modern lines that frame stellar views of the Manhattan skyline.
Philip Gorrivan410 E. 59th St., nr. First Ave., Ste. 1A; 212-339-7696; philipgorrivan.com
Gorrivan creates lively, enticing interiors that blend the classic with unexpected elements. He layers bold colors and prints—whether on wallpaper or upholstery—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 strike a balance between luxury and simplicity. They love to scavenge, using textiles that range from burlap to silk.
Reddymade Design80 W. 3rd St., nr. Thompson St., second fl.; 212-625-2099; reddymadedesign.com
Principal Suchi Reddy embeds vibrant hints of color into otherwise calm interiors. One Greenwich Village apartment showcases a reclaimed swirl-design Remy/Veenhuizen rug in a neutral-toned room anchored by a black dining table.
Rees Roberts + Partners120 Chambers St. nr. W. Broadway; 212-587-3371; reesroberts.com
This double-duty interior- and landscape-design firm conjures up superlative spaces for working, playing, entertaining, and everything in between.
Richard Gillette Designs1 West St., nr. Battery Pl., Ste. 2032; 212-226-3850; richardgillettedesigns.com
A painter by training, Gillette moves easily from the traditional to the contemporary, incorporating fine art and rich colors. In one Upper East Side dining room, he juxtaposed dramatic wall murals with Mondrian-inspired glass windows.
Richard Keith Langham245 E. 60th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-759-1212; richardkeithlangham.com
Langham’s spaces burst with color, comfort, and opulence. He often takes a more-is-more approach, decking out homes with highly ornamented living and dining spaces that always look dinner-party-ready.
Richard Lee205 W. 57th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-765-3197
Given that he has private clients like musician Paul Simon, Lee’s work is rarely published. He has a flawless eye for color and antiques, and he can deftly apply his taste to sensual modernism too.
Richard Mishaan Design145 Hudson Street, nr. Hubert St., Ste. 5A; 212-223-7502; richardmishaan.com
Mishaan works with the eye-catching shapes and smooth edges of great twentieth-century designers such as Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, and Mies van der Rohe, surrounding all that good taste with eclectic vintage objects and bright contemporary art pieces.
Richard Rabel610 Fifth Ave., nr. 50th St., Ste. 91; 917-536-0356; themodernsybarite.com
Rabel describes his spaces as “luxe minimalist”—polished, warm, and accented with attention-grabbing details. Past projects include a sprawling 21,000-square-foot penthouse in São Paulo.
Robert Stilin311 W. Broadway, nr. Duane St.; 646-726-4103; robertstilin.com
Stilin, who splits his time decorating in the city and in the Hamptons, focuses on comfort and function. His relaxed-yet-manicured aesthetic emphasizes clean-lined furniture, which is often combined with French antiques from the thirties and forties.
Robin Wilson Home203 Park Ave., at 46th St., Ste. 1000; 212-863-9197; robinwilsonhome.com
Wilson is a self-described “wellness designer” who avoids toxic materials and creates hypoallergenic spaces. Her firm offers interior design, project management, and move-coordination services with a focus on sustainability and clean construction. (ecofriendly)
Roman and Williams324 Lafayette St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 6A; 212-625-3808; romanandwilliams.com
Roman and Williams leverages its extensive knowledge of artisans and craftsmen to locate and reclaim objects and building materials from around the world to create spaces with historic, reenvisioned character. Using this firm is a surefire way to achieve hot-spot status (it designed the Ace Hotel, the Standard, and the Dutch).
Ryan Korban212-431-3890; ryankorban.com
Korban takes an unabashed approach to mixing materials and textures, like sinuous silk, polished black leather, and exotic animal skins. He’s even gone so far as to incorporate a full-size taxidermied zebra into a Soho townhouse.
Sandra Nunnerley, Inc.41 E. 57th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-826-0539; nunnerley.com
Trained in the art world, Nunnerley creates rooms that are warm and comfortable, incorporating clever interplays of color and texture. For instance, a Fifth Avenue residence featured polished marble floors and raw-silk-covered walls.
Sara Bengur Interiors535 W. 23rd St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. S6M; 212-226-8796; sarabengur.com
Bengur is a maximalist, known for layering patterns and colors and for extravagant combinations of old and new textiles. “The more you can design a space with one-of-a-kind objects, the better,” she says, and she’s willing to do the legwork to find vintage fabrics and eye-catching pieces.
Sara Story Design54 Thompson St., nr. Broome St., Ste. 202; 212-228-6007; sarastorydesign.com
Story’s mix of materials, shapes, and colors brims with energy and surprises. While her designs are rooted in functionality, she incorporates whimsical touches like unusual lighting fixtures and colorful contemporary artwork by Yoshitomo Nara and Cecily Brown.
Sharon Simonaire Interior Design212-242-1824; sharonsimonaire.com
Having worked as a photo stylist for Herb Ritts, Madonna, and David Bowie, Simonaire has played in the big leagues in a range of creative capacities. Her interiors are modern and disciplined but shot through with dramatic colors and sensuous textures.
Shawn Henderson Interior Design118 E. 28th St., nr. Park Ave. S., Ste. 701; 212-253-8473; shawnhenderson.com
Favoring neutral-color schemes, Henderson often incorporates sustainable materials or his own multifunctional custom pieces, such as a daybed with swing-out trays or an armchair with inset antique-brass drink coasters. (ecofriendly)
Sheila Bridges Design, Inc.212-678-6872; sheilabridges.com
Bridges’s taste runs to the colorful, unexpected, and minimal. Her classic and contemporary rooms frame exceptional furniture finds. “I bring the outdoors inside with trays of grass, stones, and shells,” she says.
Siskin Valls Interior Design21 W. 58th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 2B; 212-752-3790; siskinvalls.com
Paul Siskin seeks out those spectacular accessories—chandeliers, brass wall hangings, and art pieces—that give an interior personality. He then sets these finds against a low-key background: early-modern furniture and a contrasting color palette.?
S.R. Gambrel55 Grove St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-925-3380; srgambrel.com
Steven Gambrel is known for his sleek, sophisticated use of textured color—lacquered cobalt, ebonized floors. His taste in furniture matches the surfaces, with strong shapes arranged for minimal fuss.
Stephen Shadley Designs144 W. 27th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-243-6913; stephenshadley.com
With a star-studded client roster that includes Jennifer Aniston and Diane Keaton, Shadley, a former Hollywood scenic artist turned interior designer, has an eye for textures, colors, and composition.
Stephen Sills Associates30 E. 67th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-988-6100; stephensills.com
Sills arranges European and American furnishings in rooms known as much for over-the-top gestures (a cobblestone floor, a backlit crystal fireplace) as for museum-quality antiques.