The Wallpaper* 100: who are the design world's most wanted?

The Benedictine abbey of Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers in France
(Image credit: Stuart Franklin)

We photographed 10 of our major design players at the birthplace of Dom Pérignon, the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers in France. From left: Studio Job's Nynke Tynagel, Piero Lissoni, Jaime Hayon, M/M (Paris)'s Mathias Augustyniak, Studio Job's Job Smeets, Ron Arad, Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, Michael Anastassiades and Patrick Seguin. 

In our October issue - out now - we unveil the Wallpaper* 100: our list of the design world's most powerful players. A calculus of authority and influence, rank and standing, cash and credibility, it's our measure of the hard currency and soft power of the 2014 global design elite.

Produced in association with Dom Pérignon (opens in new tab), our power list is the result of many hours of heated debate here at Wallpaper*, the loose application of a complex mathematical model, and consultation with an international panel of curators. We have calculated a number of factors - quality and consistency of output, of course, but also influence and, as much as possible, a market value and earning power. We have also limited ourselves to designers and interior architects, with the occasional educator and commercial patron thrown in.

In the image gallery above, we give you a glimpse of some of the design big guns who made it onto our list, including the likes of Ron Arad, Piero Lissoni and Peter Marino.

We understand that some of you may feel squeamish about such a league table and even more will contest its results. But come on, who doesn't love a list? Ultimately, we hope it inspires thought and debate.

Want to have your say? We'd like to hear who you feel are the design world's most important people.

Tweet us your thoughts, using the hashtag #wallpaper100 (opens in new tab)

Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams

(Image credit: Jason Schmidt)

For our US shoot, featuring eight wonders of the Wallpaper* 100, Michael Maharam kindly lent us his office in New York. From left: Peter Marino, Tyler Hays, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams, Philippe Nigro, David Rockwell, Michael Maharam, Jerry Helling. To see the full Wallpaper* 100 and find out who came out top of the table, pick up our October issue.

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.