Women have played a huge role in revolutionizing the interior design world and what better way to celebrate their contributions to the industry than to honor them during women’s month. Here are our top picks of women interior designers to get familiar with if you have not already.
1. Sarah Lavoine
Sarah Lavoine began her career in 2002 where she created her interior design studio. Her work included design in houses, lofts, hotels and restaurants and Lavoine soon became an expert in the use of space, light, and color. Her design style can be described as elegant and comfortable with a cosmopolitan Parisian spirit. Some of her notable work include the Victoria 1836 restaurant, Roch luxury hotel and the Elle Café in Tokyo.
A lover of colors, Lavoine has done something not many designers have been able to do, and that is to have a color named after them. The “Bleu Sarah Lavoine” has gained much popularity and is one of her design signatures. The color came to life when Lavoine was looking for a shade to brighten up her office and she wanted a balance between blue and green that would vary depending on the lighting. And then Voila, “Bleu Sarah” was birthed.
When working on other projects, Lavoine refers back to her palette and selects colors that allow the space to stand on its own. She has currently partnered with Ressource, a merchant of colors and décor based in France to develop 36 timeless colors to help decorators enliven their space.
- Kelly Wearstler
This revolutionary designer was not always the go-to for some of the top celebrities in Hollywood. Kelly Wearstler began her career in the 1990’s and worked in the hospitality industry. Her work could be seen at the Viceroy hotel chains as well as the Avalon Beverly Hills and can be described as contemporary, elegant and sophisticated. Wearstler’s career has since taken off and she was named “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design” by the New Yorker.
Today her designs attract A-list clientele from around the world. Wearstler showcases her world of Kelly brand at her Kelly Wearstler boutique on Melrose Avenue in L.A. and has written 4 books. She has also launched her own luxury lifestyle brand where you can purchase unique pieces on her website.
- Mary McDonald
An award-winning designer and one of the stars of Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Decorators and Property Envy, Mary McDonald is among the top interior designers in the industry and was honored as one of the top 25 designers in the world by Veranda Magazine. She is the author of the book titled “Interiors: The Allure of Style” where she explores some of what inspires her work, from the colors to the fabrics and accessories chosen to create the space.
Her work includes a fabric collection for F. Schumacher & Company, furniture for Chaddock Home, lighting for Robert Abbey and rugs for Patterson, Flynn, and Martin. McDonald continues to raise the bar with her fearless style of old-fashioned elegance.
- Barbara Barry
Known her for her softly sophisticated palettes and tranquil spaces, Barbara Barry still knows how to deliver on luxury. Barbara has over 30 years of design experience and has taken her practice internationally. Her practice began in 1985 and was focused on residential interior design but has since grown to produce for commercial clients as well.
Her biggest inspiration when designing is pulling the colors and forms in nature. Her work is simplistic but includes an international reach. Barry’s designs have been featured in restaurants, retail spaces, private offices and even custom yachts. You can also find her work in several galleries located in Bangkok, Singapore, Moscow and Kuala Lumpur.
These 4 amazing designers have caused quite a stir in the interior design world for all of the right reasons. With their unique individual approach, their work will continue to inspire other designers behind them. Check out our Facebook posts all throughout the month to see other designers who are crushing the interior design game!