Forget Ikea… this beautiful new coffee-table book will inspire you to create a more daring home interior, perhaps with the odd pink stiletto chair or two.
Andrew Martin Interior Design Review Vol.25 – The Definitive Guide to the World’s Top 100 Designers, published by TeNeues (www.teneues.com), showcases contemporary decorating trends from around the world.
Lavishly illustrated with over 1,000 images, the tome was compiled and edited by the Andrew Martin interior design firm, which was founded in 1978 by Martin Waller.
The book, the 25th-anniversary edition, showcases projects ranging from a pink Parisian apartment to a rustic hotel in China’s Yunnan province and a futuristic office space in Moscow. Elsewhere in the compendium, Waller presents the winner of the annual ‘Designer of the Year’ award – Thomas Jayne of the New York-based Jayne Design Studio.
Publisher TeNeues says: ‘Vintage or modern? Elegant minimalism or ornate opulence? Scandi style or neon art? Whatever is trendy and the dernier cri in the world of interiors, you’ll see it in the pages of the annual Andrew Martin Interior Design Review.
‘This richly illustrated coffee table book will fuel your inspiration and creativity and provide a range of input for laypeople and design professionals alike.’ Below are some of the book’s most stylish images…
Pictured is the eclectic Parisian home of interior and furniture designer Geraldine B. Prieur, who launched her interior architecture firm Rouge Absolu in 2012. According to Waller, Prieur’s company specialises in ‘luxury interior architecture and design in France as well as internationally, for residential, hotels and private jets’. The book reveals that Prier’s recent work includes designing ‘a prestigious villa in the Hamptons, a magical scenography for a French luxury brand, and a residential project in London for a celebrity’. Prieur’s own design philosophy, according to Waller, is ‘create the daring’
Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet of Studio Mhna in Paris were tasked with renovating Club Med Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps. Pictured is the stylish indoor pool area they designed. ‘For 30 years the studio has designed projects mixing functionality and aesthetics, fantasy, luxury and poetry,’ Waller writes. The book notes that Studio Mhna’s current work includes the complete refurbishment of the Constance Halaveli resort and spa in the Maldives, a luxury residential project in Geneva, and the entire renovation of Chateau de Frefosse in Etretat, France. The design duo tells Waller that the two crucial elements to their approach is to ‘listen carefully’ and to ‘be creative’
LEFT: The striking room pictured was designed by Frankie Fan of D+ Design Office, a design firm based in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Chengdu. D+Design specialises in ‘high end commercial and private residential’ spaces, Waller reveals. He writes that the agency’s ongoing projects include an ‘ice and snow kingdom in Hangzhou, an exhibition centre for Corporate Avenue 1 in Wuhan and Beijing Li Palace villa’. ‘Symbiosis in space, city, ecology, and community’ sums up Fan’s design philosophy, according to Waller. RIGHT: A passageway in Bodu Resort Hotel in Yunnan, China. The look of the hotel was masterminded by Zhang Can and Li Wenting of CSD Design in Chengdu. The book reveals that the design agency is particularly renowned for its work on resort hotels, cultural creative spaces, art galleries and museums. Waller says ‘unique spaces’ and ‘ideological experiences’ drive each of the agency’s projects
Pictured is the spa at Chileno Bay Golf and Beach Club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was designed by Rebecca Buchan of Denton House Design Studio, which is based in Salt Lake City, USA. ‘Luxury designed for living’ is Buchan’s design philosophy, Waller reveals. He explains that Denton House is ‘an award-winning interdisciplinary global design firm, with a team of over I00 employees and additional offices in New York, Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Cabo San Lucas’. The book adds: ‘For more than 25 years, Denton House has created luxury designs and signature looks for clients worldwide. Current projects include the planning and development of a new luxurious community in the Wasatch Mountains, and interiors for several custom homes in Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii, Deer Valley and Kentucky’
The picture above shows the sophisticated ‘Studio of Oriental Practices’ in Moscow. It was designed by Ekaterina Yakovenko, an interior designer and decorator with JP Interior Design, which is based in the Russian capital. The three words Yakovenko uses to describe her design approach are ‘light, decorative, and individual’. Waller says JP Interior Design has a knack for providing ‘bespoke solutions’ and is currently working on a luxury apartment in Malaga, Spain, a private family residence with contemporary Art Deco interiors, and a terrace and pool on the ‘prestigious Agalarov estate’ outside Moscow
Pictured is a commercial office space in Tokyo that was dreamt up by Tomoko Ikegai of the Tokyo-based design studio Ikg Inc. Waller says: ‘Established in 2006, Ikg is known for its comprehensive design services and highly tailored spaces. Tomoko is not only a designer, but an acclaimed creative director working on large developments based on a solid branding concept.’ The Japanese designer’s ethos is ‘value which lasts’, according to Waller. The book reveals that her recent projects include the lobby of a new headquarters for a trading company, the showrooms, common area entrance lobby and lounge of a condominium in Nishiazabu, and two luxurious condominium renovations in Tokyo
LEFT: This photograph shows the extraordinary Dominion Office Building in Moscow, as designed by Kar-Hwa Ho of London-based Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA). ‘Working with clients who have a global reputation for excellence, ZHA has redefined architecture for the 21st century, with a repertoire of projects that have captured imaginations across the globe,’ Waller writes. He says the architectural firm’s design ethos focuses on ‘optically rich interiors’ that are ‘built essays in spatial composition that invite perception and encourage exploration’. Waller adds: ‘These acts of participation instil a sense of personal ownership in visitors as they interact with each other and the surrounding architecture.’ RIGHT: Mary Douglas Drysdale designed this colour-pop bedroom for a showhouse in McLean, Virginia. The interior designer is the founder of the Washington DC-based firm Drysdale Design Associates. Drysdale runs ‘an architectural interiors practice with expertise in both historic and modern architecture, decoration and art placement’, Waller reveals. He adds that the US designer is driven by ‘the creation of beautiful and highly functional interiors in collaboration with the brand’s clients’
Behold the charming living room in Wattles Mansion, Los Angeles, as imagined by Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design in 2017. Waller describes the design duo behind the firm, Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield, as ‘revered tastemakers specialising in residential and commercial interiors which combine history, heritage and opulence for a discerning clientele’. ‘Modern opulence’ is how Woodson and Rummerfield encapsulate their design ethos, the author reveals. According to the book, among their recent works, the pair collaborated on a ‘historic preservation residence by master architect Richard Neutra in Hollywood, a large family home in Atherton, California, and historic estates in Los Feliz and Beverly Hills, California’