Steven Sclaroff44 White St., nr. Church St.; 212-691-7814; stevensclaroff.com
Sclaroff’s relaxed approach encompasses anything from rococo to twentieth-century Charlotte Perriand, but he lets cool colors and luxurious materials take the edge off contemporary pieces and fussy antiques.
Studio Sofield380 Lafayette St., nr. 4th St.; 212-473-1300; studiosofield.com
Old-world comforts get a radical update from William Sofield, a rigorous modernist whose interiors combine elements of popular culture and fine art. Notable past projects include Tom Ford’s flagship store and the lavish David Barton Gym in Manhattan.
Thad Hayes80 W. 40th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-571-1234; thadhayes.com
Hayes’s interiors are always sharp and sensible, but he flits happily between periods, finding something to appreciate in every century.
Thomas Britt136 E. 57th St., nr. Lexington Ave., Ste. 701; 212-752-9870; thomasbritt.com
Britt enhances the grandeur of prewar spaces—and ordinary apartments—via oversize furnishings, plush fabrics, mirrors, and marble. Then he cuts the opulence with the addition of Indian rugs or quirky objects from his travels to Asia and Europe.
Thom Filicia, Inc.270 Lafayette St., nr. Prince St., Ste. 1001; 212-736-6454; thomfilicia.com
Filicia burst onto the design scene ten years ago in Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, spicing up traditional designs with contemporary touches, like using an Emmy Award as a toilet-paper holder. He counts Tina Fey among his clients. (ecofriendly)
Timothy Whealon Interiors23 E. 69th St., nr. Madison Ave., Ste. 2; 212-249-2153; timothywhealon.com
Whealon’s interiors are graceful, timeless, and genuinely thoughtful—it isn’t every day that someone thinks to upholster Swedish-inspired dining chairs in purple pleather for child-friendly appeal.
Tom Delavan13 W. 9th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-777-3337; tomdelavan.info
Delavan creates spaces that reflect the lifestyle of his clients through fine furnishings and art. He might use a vintage Vico Magistretti Caori coffee table or display a group of authentic Warhol Polaroids featuring Farrah Fawcett, Blondie, and Keith Haring.
Todd Klein27 W. 24th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 802; 212-414-0001; toddklein.com
Klein puts a youthful spin on stately grandeur, drawing on his love of natural materials and knowledge of art and architecture. He respects his clients’ lifestyles (which have ranged from mogul to bohemian), and his interiors always radiate fun.
Tom Scheerer, Inc.215 Park Ave. S., nr. 18th St., Ste. 1701; 212-529-0744; tomscheerer.com
Working with whitewashed tones and various wood elements, Scheerer is an expert at composing casually elegant interiors that suggest travel to exotic locales. One Soho loft was outfitted with Southeast Asian accents, including a custom four-poster canopy bed with a Chinese-influenced design.
White Webb105 E. 34th St., nr. Park Ave., Ste. 116; 212-889-2900; whitewebb.com
Design duo Matthew White and Frank Webb have complementary personalities—White is a classicist, while Webb is a modernist. They painted one living room with pale grays and furnished it with a thirties French credenza and sexy curved sofas.
Workstead317 Clinton St., nr. Degraw St., Cobble Hill; 401-573-3023; workstead.com
Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Andrew Highsmith utilize the best artisans in Kings County and design interiors using durable materials such as hardwoods, steel, and ball brass. Recent projects include the stylish Wythe Hotel lobby.