Exploring the most exciting interior designers working today

Phaidon’s By Design is a visually arresting tome celebrating the most exciting interior designers working today, from Neri & Hu to Studio Shamshiri

Dimorestudio from By Design book
Phaidon’s By Design is a new interior design book celebrating the work of over 100 creatives working in the field. Pictured here is a private villa in Florence, designed by Dimorestudio in 2018.
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Phaidon’s By Design is an interior design book with a global remit: a true atlas of creativity showcasing the work of the studios behind some of the world’s most exciting contemporary spaces.

The publisher’s international offices collated the work of more than 100 interior designers for the book, nominated by an international jury including Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Sarah Douglas; artists Niki Haas and Laila Gohar; Graeme Brooker, head of the interior design programme at London’s Royal College of Art; and curator Aric Chen.

The jury’s brief was simple: to nominate studios that create interior spaces, and have produced work in the past five years, but without restrictions related to their specialism, age or location – making for a truly comprehensive overview of the best interior design today.

By Design: chronicling the work of the world’s best contemporary interior designers

Phaidon By Design Interior design book

By Design, published by Phaidon, was designed by art director Melanie Mues of Mues Design

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The book’s 300-plus pages feature the work of interior designers such as Neri & Hu, Studioilse, Kelly Wearstler, Vincent Van Duysen, Teo Yang and Studio Shamshiri. The designers’ more recent and impressive interiors projects are presented alongside a studio profile. Featured, non-traditional creatives working in the interior design field include Italian film director Luca Guadagnino, as well as Maria Speake and Adam Hills of Retrouvius, a London-based studio better known for its work salvaging architectural pieces from sites prior to demolition.

Projects on show throughout the pages offer a wide geographical range (designers come from 30 different countries), and cover all kinds of interior spaces, from private residences to hospitality, retail and more.

Ett Hem by Studioilse from By Design book

The interiors of Stockholm’s Ett Hem hotel by Studioilse, 2012. 

(Image credit: Magnus Marding)

‘The priority of the most innovative and desirable interior design of the 21st century, at least so far, is experience: designers today are most concerned about how their spaces will affect their inhabitants,’ writes Phaidon editor William Norwich in the book’s introduction. ‘In other words, how spaces are experienced; how they affect, much more than just how they are perceived critically. Designers are designing for people, not their peers and not their critics.’


Immersive photographs offer clear evidence of this concept, with spaces ranging from the minimalist to the decorative, contemporary and modern, and those where influences and reference collide.

‘Designers are also storytellers,’ continues Norwich, summing up today’s interior design panorama. ‘[They work] to create environments of warmth, interest, scholarship, personality, and craft. More than ever before, they design in the context for where their work lives: location, environment, sustainability, and also dreams and aspirations. Here is a veritable cornucopia of ideas and inspiration for you, whether you are about to commission a designer for your home or business or are looking for ideas you can adapt yourself.’

Malibu interiors by Brigette Romanek from By Design Book

A private residence in Malibu by Brigette Romanek of LA-based Romanek Design Studio. Formerly a handbag designer, Romanek set up her studio in 2018, creating residential and commercial interiors.

(Image credit: Justin Coit)

Annabel's interiors by Martin Brudnizki from By Design Book

Martin Brudnizki’s impressive interiors for London’s private members’ club Annabel’s, completed in 2018.

(Image credit: Martin Brudnizki Design Studio)

Palazzo Experimental Hotel Venice from By Design Book

Hotel Il Palazzo Experimental, Venice, by French design studio Chzon.

(Image credit: Karel Balas)

Melbourne gelato shop by Hecker Guthrie from By Design Book

Among the book’s hospitality interiors is this gelato shop by Australian interior designer Hecker Guthrie in Melbourne. 

(Image credit: Shannon McGrath)

Jaipur interiors by Marie-Anne Oudejans from By Design Book

Among the more decorative interiors featured is this bar and café in Jaipur, by Marie-Anne Oudejans. 

(Image credit: Henry Wilson)

Sands Point New York Family Home by Right Meets Left Interior Design from By Design Book

A family home in Sands Point, New York, by Right Meets Left Interior Design. 

(Image credit: John Neitzel / Digital Destinations)

Singapore interiors by Takenouchi Webb from By Design Book

Takenouchi Webb’s light and minimal interiors for Esora, a restaurant in Singapore. 

(Image credit: Jovian Lim)

Gyedong Hanok Residence in Seoul

Gyedong Hanok Residence in Seoul, designed by Teo Yang Studio.

(Image credit: Hur In Young)


By Design: The World’s Best Contemporary Interior Designers is published by Phaidon 

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.