It’s the job of interior designers to interpret the fantasies of their clients through their own creative lens. But, when completely left to their own devices—more specifically, within their own homes—how do they decorate?
That’s the premise of Inside: At Home with Great Designers, a new book out now via Phaidon. Featuring an impressive array of spaces belonging to the likes of Faye Toogood, Miles Redd and Vincent van Duysen, it’s a fascinating glimpse into the aesthetic minds of the industry’s top talents and their unencumbered creative ethos. “Home is a launching pad for dreams—and they’re always dreaming in technicolour,” William Norwich writes in his introduction. “Even when it’s beige, it’s camera-ready.”
Some designers have a similar style to some of their most recognisable projects: the greyish Prussian blue seen in Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch’s Montauk home, for example, is similar to the shade at New York’s La Mercerie and the NoMad London. Yet others opt for something completely unexpected: “In Biarritz, France, Isabel López-Quesada’s cabin, as she calls it, presented an opportunity to explore her appreciation for the more homespun aspects of domestic decoration, such as found objects, thrift, and craft—the very opposite of so many of her grander international design commissions,” writes Norwich.
Below, take a look inside the living rooms, bedrooms and lounges of the world’s top interior designers.
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Laura Sartori Rimini
The London home of Studio Peregalli’s Laura Sartori Rimini includes restored 18th-century chinoiserie wallpaper.
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“The interior is sleek and minimal yet avant-garde, with occasional metallic touches,” Stephanie Sporn writes of Teo Yang’s hanok in Seoul.
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“My only problem is that it’s full,” Joseph Dirand says of his apartment in Paris.
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Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch
Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch’s Montauk home takes inspiration from the ocean, from its blue walls to painted seascapes—done by Alesch himself.
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“It acted as not just a sanctuary but a blank canvas,” Faye Toogood says of her monochromatic London home.
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“A spectacular mix of custom, statement and vintage lighting is a mainstay of Andrews’s work, no matter the room,” Stephanie Sporn writes of Jeff Andrews’s Los Angeles house.
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Two grand Stanley Gonczanski paintings hang in Hugo Grisanti’s Santiago home, above rugs by Gianni Versace.
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A hallway in Sophie Dries’s Paris home includes seaweed-green walls adorned in Chinese straw paper and a resin chair by Gaetano Pesce.
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Sheila Bridges’s Harlem living room is painted in Farrow & Ball’s “Oval Room Blue” color, and accented with paintings by Black artists.
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For Daryll Carter’s Washington DC home, he started with a white palette and let accents add the colour.
This article was originally published on British Vogue.