Contemporary design has many different colors, shades and features all around the world, bringing together ancient traditional arts, crafts, technological innovations and several cultural inspirations. Today we will travel all over the globe to show you some of the best international interior design projects.
Wonderful American Design Projects to Admire
Following the wise words “Start with the things you love” by Bunny Williams, I had to present her to you first. Bunny Williams is a legendary interior designer who treasures the beauty of handcrafted exquisite designs. Her creativity and unique aesthetic are remarkable. Her collections, in Bunny Williams Home, include original designs but are often inspired by her own treasures.
Everything in Bunny Williams Home is created to be used and adored: classic pieces that will survive the test of time and inspirational luxury items with their own personality.
Yabu Pushelberg is a studio which designs buildings, interiors, landscapes, lighting, products, and graphics. Its designers create fascinating immersive environments. George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg founded the studio in 1980 with a special focus on interior design and since the company grew into a multidisciplinary project.
With offices in New York and Toronto and a team of more than a hundred creative art professionals, Yabu Pushelberg’s attention goes well beyond what things look like, to how they make people feel. Experiences is what they build together.
The design studio and its founders earned several honors, including being appointed Officers of the Order of Canada, included in the Interior Design Hall of Fame, and named among the world’s most influential design studios by Wallpaper*, Elle Décor, Hospitality Design, and the Business of Fashion. However, awards are not their primary concerns. They’re always focused on what’s next, and never stop searching for the new and innovative, as they wish to bring to life the most memorable experiences.
Their clients include well-known hotel and resort brands, developers, retailers, restaurateurs, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and creative individuals looking to stand out from the crowd. With a collaborative way of designing and solving problems, they believe in dreaming big and facing all obstacles to arrive at incredible solutions for their projects.
Attention to detail is key to every single one of their projects, from tabletop objects to expansive new developments, and they always try to find partners who share their dedication and passion for doing better than what has been done before. They want to design the world they wish to live in.
Thomas O’Brien is an interior and home furniture designer based in New York City. He is the founder and President of Aero Studios, one of America’s leading design companies, and the manager of Aero Ltd., the iconic home boutique that is the retail face of the studio.
Since the foundation of Aero in 1992, O’Brien has been celebrated for interpreting modernism into a warm and livable style. From private residences to commercial properties, product design to brand and fine art consulting, his work is notorious, with vintage elegance and a practical useful home feeling at the same time.
His concept of modern was born from the merging of historical origins, the shared simplicity between 20th century and classical forms, the balance of rustic and refined, comfort and rarity. His inspirations blossom from the farmhouse as much as the townhouse, and he is a lifelong student of American antiques and architecture.
His combination of the modern and traditional extends to the Thomas O’Brien brand of home furnishings, with furniture, lighting, tableware, textiles, carpets, bedding and bath collections for both luxury and daily living.
O’ Brien is both a merchant and a designer, so he owns a one-of-a-kind store carefully curated for his lifestyle brand. This is his laboratory in which he researches new ways to amaze with his interior design projects.
Founded in 1989, Marmol Radziner is a unique design-build project led by architects. Since its inauguration, the company has developed a reputation for innovative design and accuracy in applying construction standards. They also create interior design projects, as well as custom furniture design and production, thanks to their in-house talented designers and master craftsmen experts in the development of environments.
By adopting the role of the traditional “master builder,” Marmol Radziner merges several design services with construction skills. A team of architects, interior designers, landscape designers, metalworkers, carpenters, furniture makers, and construction crew owns deep knowledge and experience that cannot be found anywhere else.
Fascinating British Design Projects to Admire
Working with clients that have worldwide reputation for excellence, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) is developing transformational design projects across the six continents. Based in London for 40 years, ZHA redefined architecture for the 21st century with a collection of projects that have challenged imagination across the globe. Form and space are interlaced within the structure of buildings which evolves from their surroundings. Alluringly unique, each project combines optimism for the future with concepts of connectivity and integration.
Receiving the highest honors from civic, professional and academic institutions worldwide, ZHA has been one of the world’s most inventive architectural studios for four decades. These 40 years of research are marked within every design. ZHA’s architecture is defined by its democratic attitude, offering stunning public spaces inside and out. The ideology within each design is applied with a light touch, charming the city.
ZHA’s visually interesting interiors are studies of spatial composition. They invite perception, space becomes personal, owned by all visitors as they interact with each other and the surrounding architecture. Mathematicians acknowledge the purity of ZHA’s formal geometries and fluid lines, but this architecture also engages the senses and captures the eye, creating unrivalled spatial experiences.
Employing advancements in design, material and construction technologies, ZHA is a global leader in the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the design, construction and operations of buildings to increase efficiencies as well as significantly reduce energy consumption and emissions.
Marrying innovative digital design with ecological materials and sustainable construction practices, ZHA works to understand them as a whole, finding practical solutions to the major challenges of our era. Each project by ZHA is a unique adaptation to the context, local culture, requirements and intelligent engineering allowing the architecture and surrounding urban setting to be fused together. ZHA works closely with each client to establish new and better ways in which people can use every building.
After over 50 award-winning projects around the world, ZHA’s architecture becomes more refined spatially, more efficient structurally, more polished materially, more advanced technologically with each new design.
Collaborating with visionary clients, communities and industry experts on over 60 on-going projects in 28 countries, ZHA’s hugely talented and dedicated teams of experienced professionals work with passion and commitment to honor Zaha Hadid’s legacy and deliver outstanding projects across the globe.
Amazing French Design Projects to Admire
Alberto Pinto Interior Design, under Linda Pinto’s leadership, is a talented team of design professionals which follows the beliefs of the founder. Eclecticism, luxury, details and refinement remain the key words when it comes to creating entire universes for prestigious clients worldwide: private residences, office buildings, airports, hotels, yachts and jets.
The extensive range of Pinto’s style, marked by several cultural influences lets traditional and modern meet in harmony, and is perfect to both intimate rooms and larger spaces, private and public projects. Alberto Pinto Interior Design pleases the eclectic tastes of its international clients by adjusting the décors to suit each one, while adding an elegance which creates a luxurious balance.
Among Pinto’s clients we can find the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia as well as Qatar, along with many other important private clients around the world for whom residences have been designed and decorated in the United States, Brazil, the Middle-East, Morocco, Tunisia, France and Europe.
Other projects, as several luxury hotels, including The Lanesborough, the Dorchester in London, the Grand Park Hotel in Gstaad, the villa Rose-Pierre of the Grand Hôtel in Cap Ferrat, the Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Emilion, la Residencia and the Palm Beach in the Canary Islands were also relevant.
Patrick Jouin is a designer whose creativity finds an expression in industrial design for the decorative arts. With the top manufacturers, Cassina, Kartell, Alessi, Puiforcat, JC Decaux or Fermob, and for exceptional projects, Patrick found a special place in the landscape of international design for his talents. Patrick Jouin’s career and his design agency, Patrick Jouin ID, were consecrated by a monographic exhibition at Centre Pompidou in 2009. They were also honored with the Compasso d’Oro in 2011 for PastaPot.
Many of his creations are showcased in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the “Solid” collection at MoMA, which in 2004 was the first series of real-size furniture made by 3D printing technology. Patrick Jouin is also involved in interior design projects with his partner Sanjit Manku, within the agency Jouin Manku founded in 2006.
In 2009, concerned about the preservation of his heritage, the talented designer Christian Liaigre nurtured a creative and executive transition in his studio Liaigre. In 2014, he promoted a new creative direction within his existing team. Under the leadership of Christophe Caillaud, CEO of the company since 2009, Liaigre entered a new era.
One of the characteristics of Liaigre is it’s “style without being stylish”, which seduces customers that want to live in contemporary interiors while maintaining the excellency of the French furniture tradition. The inspirations for the studio can be multiple and sometimes even contradictory. Liaigre cultivates a fine style which reveals itself in time and space. It has projects all around the globe, in places from far-away islands to great metropolis, from chalets at the top of a mountain to penthouses.
Straight from the foundation, the creative designs from the studio are born from natural materials thanks to the finest craftsmanship, supporting arts and crafts in the spirit and tradition of French furniture. When he opened his first showroom at rue de Varenne in the mid 1980’s, Christian Liaigre surprised everyone with his calm and clean aesthetic which impresses with its individuality and modernity until today.
Mesmerizing Italian Design Projects to Admire
Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel share a desire to bring to life new and diverse ways of experiencing space, beyond the simple structure. An art of living, with unique micro and macro perspectives. Architecture that evokes emotion, inspires the intellect, reflects qualities of life. Design which is in dialogue with the background and engages people.
With art pieces in every noteworthy museum’s contemporary design collections, Antonio Citterio is a renowned innovator in the fields of design and architecture. His humble character and environmental sensitivity place form at the service of function, elevating both.
Patricia Viel is the driving force of the practice. Her exceptional vision, leadership and sensibility bring her to the vanguard of the creative architectural environment. Working closely with the team, Patricia Viel evokes emotion and perspective with each project, and translates it into an extraordinary narrative and reliable design solutions.
Captivating Spanish Design Projects to Admire
Santiago Calatrava Valls was born in 28 July 1951. He is a Spanish architect, designer and engineer, a sculptor and a painter, mainly known for his bridges supported by single leaning pylons, and his railway stations, stadiums, and museums, whose sculptural forms often resemble living organisms.
His most celebrated artworks include the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Turning Torso tower in Malmö, Sweden, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas, Texas, and one of his largest projects, the City of Arts and Sciences and Opera House, in his birthplace, Valencia. His architectural studio has offices in New York City, Doha, and Zürich.
Interesting Dutch Design Projects to Admire
Studio Piet Boon is an internationally renowned design studio, recognized for its multi-disciplinary design services and its outstanding talent in balancing functionality, aesthetics and originality into one of a kind design experience. The studio’s goal is to break boundaries and set new standards.
The studio’s heritage comes from Amsterdam and the nearby Zaanstreek, a region known for its innovative spirit and hardworking mentality, once the historic motor that drove the success of the epic Dutch Golden Age. In the Zaanstreek, painters, woodworkers, carpenters, and other master craftsmen became entrepreneurs and tastemakers as early as the 15th century. Building on this heritage, a practical attitude combined with the spirit of creative expertise, Studio Piet Boon was established by Dutch designer and Zaanstreek resident Piet Boon in 1983.
They consider every design as tailor-made and unique. The designers and makers try to understand their clients, their wishes, requirements and lifestyle so they can create the perfect masterpiece for them. Considering the customers tastes allows them to harmonize the studio’s characteristic signature with the personality of their client.
Their design approach is divided in the phases: Preliminary and Definitive Sketch Design, Fixed Furniture, Aesthetic Lighting Plan, Non-fixed Furniture and Upholstery to on-site Styling. Their range includes exterior, interior, lay-out, fitted and non-fitted furniture, finishes, lighting schemes and on-site styling.
Since 1983, the studio stands for its firmly rooted design values, creating new challenges and always evolving. These values shape every design vision and decision. Their creative process is built with them in mind, ensuring consistency in every single project and design they have.
Charming Chinese Design Projects to Admire
AB Concept was founded in 1999 by Ed Ng and Terence Ngan, a designer and architect duo who together have throughout their career made a remarkable impact in the world of luxury design. The company has become a notorious name in hospitality, wellness, commercial and residential design fields over time.
The headquarters of the studio are located in the multicultural metropolis of Hong Kong. Ed and Terence continue to surprise with their innovative concepts and visuals, incorporating elements from different cultural spheres. The company offers a vast multi-disciplinary portfolio, from the finest restaurants to seaside resorts and luxury retail spaces.
Whether it is the welcoming space of a hotel lobby, the fine details of a lighting element, a villa in the south of France, or a Chinese courtyard house, a London heritage building or a New York luxury structure: every design project is a unique cultural journey through light, form, and space.
Ed and Terence’s work aims to reflect the essence of brands from every part of the world, often interpreting them in entirely new paradigms, but always staying true to the original vision. The designers share their time between Hong Kong, Karuizawa (Japan), Taipei and Milan.
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