The 25 Most Well-Known Female Interior Designers
International Women’s Day is coming up! It’s a day to celebrate the successes of women around the world. In light of this particular day, we've gathered some inspiring stories about female interior designers who have made their mark in the industry.
From designing fashionable hotels to creating dream homes for their clients, these women are making a name for themselves in interior design.
If you're looking for inspiration, read on for insights from some of the top female designers out there!
1. Kelly Wearstler
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Kelly Wearstler's designs are known for their bold, vivid colors and textures that tell a fulfilling story. Her unique aesthetic approaches are designed to captivate audiences all over the world. Some of her clients are celebrities from the film and music industry and opinion leaders who have an eye on what she creates.
Her art can be found in residential or commercial homes, including an artistically styled Evergreen Home & Four Seasons Anguilla. She also does many projects other than creating furniture accessories.
Some of her impressive works include 1930s Bel Air residence; A beautifully decorated houseboat owned by GaryCSimon pavilion at West Hollywood Bowl. If you want to see more of Kelly’s works, please click here.
2. Zaha Hadid
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The revolutionary architect Zaha Hadid will always be known for her distinctive neo-futuristic creations. The death of this esteemed woman in 2016 left behind a legacy that includes the genius minds within each architectural project she designed. She was able to create new expressive identities with each one!
Some of her awards were when she became the first female winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She had many other achievements, like designing the London 2012 Aquatics Center or Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku.
Zaha has always been a creative artist and you can see more of her work by clicking here.
3. Kelly Hoppen
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Kelly Hoppen is a creative genius who doesn't shy away from taking on projects that are outside the box. She doesn't believe in trends and loves designing something unique and exciting for her clients.
Her designs have been featured by some of today's most prestigious magazines, including Architectural Digest, which called Kelly "the queen" of interior design. She truly does inspire others through creativity and provides modern decorating tips so everyone can create beautiful spaces anywhere they want them to.
Barbados villa, Swiss chalet, One Shenzhen Bay, and Hotel Murmuri are just some of her most notable projects to date. As an interior designer, she's regarded as a legend. To see more of Kelly Hoppen's diverse portfolio, click here.
4. Patricia Urquiola
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Interior designer and architect Patricia Urquiola's work is often playful, poetic, practical, and functional. This creative combination can be seen in her designs for Cassina or even Mandarin Oriental Barcelona. She has been involved as an instructor at their school on design-thinking techniques.
A powerful reminder we have our past, which must never die out while also exploring what's new around us throughout time.
You can find more of Patricia Urquiola's outstanding designs on her website.
5. Neri Oxman
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Few can compete when combining art and architecture with design, biology computing materials engineering. One name who deserves mention is Neri Oxman. Her work embodies environmental justice as well as digital morphogenesis.
She coined the phrase "material ecology," which defines all aspects concerning what we should consider when placing our various components into this new world order. How they interact depends solely on whether their surroundings offer specific forces necessary for growth and development.
To learn more about this powerful personality visit her website today!
6. India Mahdavi
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India Mahdavi is a modern, elegant, and out-of-the-ordinary interior designer from Paris. Her furniture pieces capture her personality—fun yet humorous with simple materials such as wood or lacquer that can be found in every space she creates.
Her works are perfect for clients who want to add some humor to their home decorating experience while still having noble designs on display. Her notable projects include Café Français in Paris and The Gallery at Sketch in London. The color queen of the interior design world!
India’s artworks have always been filled with lush colors that seem as if they were just painted yesterday. You can see more examples on her website.
7. Amanda Levete
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Amanda Levete is a renowned architect who has refined her intuitive and strategic approach to design. She believes that the latter, called "archeology," explores how we can enclose space to create a distinction between inside and outside.
This statement was evident when she designed today's most iconic buildings like the Museum Of Art Architecture And Technology project for the EDP Foundation. It can also be seen in the Central Embassy building in Bangkok, Thailand, and the pop-up restaurant Tincan.
Check out other award-winning designs by Amanda Lavete here.
8. Annabelle Selldorf
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She is one of the most requested architects, showcasing a very diverse portfolio ranging from designing homes to exhibition spaces worldwide. When it comes to ambitious projects that have been recognized with numerous awards, her designs are best defined as combining rigor with romance.
In 1988, she established her own architecture firm. Since then, some notable projects, including New York's Neue Galerie and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, have been completed under her direction, as has her work on the ISAW (Institute for Study of the Ancient World).
If you want to see more mind-blowing designs of Annabelle Selldorf, visit here!
9. Ilse Crawford
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Ilse Crawford MBE is a one-of-a-kind figure in the interior design world, having played three significant roles in her career. Her being critic, creator, and teacher excelled in all three; quite an offering to the industry.
As the founding editor of Elle Decoration, the London-based interior designer and academic honed her design eye before developing Donna Karan's home collection and being addressed to design Babington House. She founded her own studio, Studioilse, in 2001, and her projects have been varied, human-centered, and characteristically thoughtful ever since.
To help us be better humans, design can always bring about positive mental and environmental impact. For more information on her work, visit her website here.
10. Kelly Behun
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Kelly Behun is a well-known interior designer with an eye for urban furniture and lighting. Her style has been featured in the works of some top designers, such as Andree Putman or Anda Andrei, who own Interior Design fame themselves!
The talented woman creates beautiful and highly functional spaces, too—you can't ask for much more from one's career path.
To know more about Kelly Behun's work, visit her website.
11. Victoria Hagan
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Victoria Hagan Interiors is a successful design company that provides luxury residences throughout the country with an extensive range of interior decoration and renovation services.
Her work exudes sophistication through a neutral palette, as seen in this 19th-century home near Greenwich. She transformed it into something timeless by using classic styles like timeless American architecture.
Victoria's works can be described as fresh, restrained and iconic. You can check out her website to see previous projects here.
12. Brigette Romanek
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Brigette's aesthetic brings light and air into modern spaces. She has been named one of Architectural Digest's top 100 designers for her work based out of Romanek Design Studio. She creates open layouts with easy-to-love designs!
Romanek Design Studio's fresh, exciting designs will be the perfect addition to any home. Check out this studio’s website for more information!
13. Beata Heuman
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Beata Heuman is a Swedish-made designer who has experience working for London-based Nicky Haslam. She opened her own interior design studio. She designs rooms that "should sing," ensuring there's always life and color in every space.
With her Scandinavian modern design abilities, Beata can infuse vibrant and colorful designs with the timeless qualities of the structure. She also sports a collection of lighting furniture made by small-scale independent craftsmen from Sweden, Britain, and Italy.
You can see more innovative designs by Beata Heuman by clicking here.
14. Lucie Koldova
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Lucie's eye for design and her love of travel has created a style all its own. She takes inspiration from the deep roots in the Czech Republic. She trips to cities like London and Paris that have shaped so much art history she admires, including French painting tradition known most acceptable centuries ago.
Her lighting installations are featured at Fabbian, La Chance, Luigi, and Lasvit.
With a portfolio full of astonishing designed pieces, it's no wonder that Lucie Koldova has been gaining momentum. Her website contains some incredible art and designs don't miss out by clicking here!
15. Meg Lavalette
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Meg maintains a full-service design business out of Greenwich and New York City. As a result, her work on residential and commercial buildings has been featured in publications worldwide. When it comes to the projects she works on, she's recognized for being hands-on and paying close attention to the smallest of details.
Her specialty is tailoring each project to the client's specific needs, whether it’s like the luxury One Prospect Park West in Brooklyn or a historic farmhouse in the Catskills.
When it comes to design, Meg knows how to use her knack for detail and create an interior narrative that compliments both the past and future. Check out some of these projects on her website.
16. Jeanne Gang
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Jeanne Gang's design studio connects people on a social, experiential, and intellectual level. One of the most brilliant projects created by this company is Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership which features striking wood-walled walls in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
She has an inquisitive, forward-looking approach to design. To see more of her world class works visit the website by clicking here!
17. Sarah Kuchar
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Sarah's design journey began when she enrolled in a design school in Chicago, knowing nothing about architecture or interior design. She then worked at Perkins+Will for a decade before launching her own brand with the motto "no rules."
Sarah enjoys challenging pre-existing design concepts and coming up with outlandish ideas. She enjoys breaking design rules and has worked with many clients, including financial firms, schools, and international showrooms.
Her works can be found in a wide range of industries, including office space and home design. Check her website for some incredible examples that show off her creativity!
18. Tatum Kendrick
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Tatum Kendrick is a born storyteller who knows how to bring her clients' homes into the spotlight with design ideas that highlight their best features. She approaches each project from an architectural perspective. She has keen eyes for aesthetics aligned in cost-effective solutions, making it easy for everyone involved!
With the vision of an artist and mind that is equally split between architect, fashion designer and historian she layers projects with equal measure. You can see more examples through her website.
19. Maya Lin
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Maya Lin has maintained a delicate balance between art and architecture throughout her career. She created a remarkable body of work that includes large-scale site-specific installations and intimate studio artwork. She also creates memorials for notable people, such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
Lin's art uncovers how we feel and connect to landscape, creating a systematic ordering of the land that is linked to history. Check out more from her portfolio on this website by clicking here!
20. Margaret Sullivan
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Libraries are often undervalued and underrated, but Margaret Sullivan aims to restore public libraries because she believes it is in the community's best interest as a whole to do so. According to her, libraries are beautiful locations, but they often lack excitement.
She intends to revamp these learning hubs with intelligent designs that can aid users in becoming more self-sufficient. She claims that design is a crucial instrument that may help people be interested in going to libraries.
When it comes to designing institutions, there's no better force than Margaret Sullivan Studio. Learn more of her advocacies by checking her website here.
21. Amy Lau
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Amy Lau has a colorful history. Her grandmother, a mineralogist, inspired her creativity. She has previously worked for Sotheby's and many prestigious art galleries in the United States. Her aesthetic and interior design are influenced by spaces from Texas to Tribeca.
Amy has designed furniture for clients such as Maya Romanoff, S. Harris, Kyle Bunting, and the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. She has also worked for Baccarat and Bergdorf Goodman on product design and installations.
Amy Lau has a warm, artistic sensibility that she translates into spirited and meaningful environments. Check out more of her work by visiting this website!
22. Deborah Berke
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Berke is an architect who has mastered the balance between modern and traditional features. Her designs are clear, sensitive, yet straightforward to context with enduring design qualities for you or your family's needs in mind.
She understands that every place requires something different from its architects. Take this Bridgehampton NY Home, which was devised by her firm, giving it a look of casual minimalism!
Deborah has a knack for distilling the complexities of environmental, social and aesthetic considerations into meaningful architecture. Check out some examples of her spectacular designs here.
23. Elizabeth Diller
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Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio founded the interdisciplinary design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro in 2001. Since it was founded, it has worked on everything from architecture to the performing and visual arts.
The rebel approach of this company has been responsible for many outstanding buildings, including the Institute Of Contemporary Art (ICC) and Lincoln Center. These both receive great reviews from experts alike Time Magazine names them among "100 Most Influential People In The World."
Take a look at some of the world class interior designs from Elizabeth's website here.
24. Lauren Geremia
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Lauren has worked hard to build a diverse client portfolio for herself over the years. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Geremia Design was established in San Francisco within a few years of her graduation. Among startups in the Bay Area, she is the go-to person for her innovative design skills.
Her clients include Hightail, Instagram, and Dropbox, and her work has been seen across the country. Such exposure has taught her to think broadly about design concepts.
Lauren’s passion for art and design has led her to be one-of the most captivating designers around. Her attention to detail shows in every space she creates. Learn more about this artist by clicking here.
25. Mary Fisher
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One of the most powerful speeches of the 20th century was delivered by Fisher at the Republican Convention House in Houston, Texas, in 1992. Her brilliance continues to inspire millions, even though she is HIV positive.
Fiber art, textiles, photography, and sculpture are just a few of her many talents. AIDS-related organizations have benefited from her efforts, such as Groundworks, a fabric collection.
Throughout her life, Mary has been balancing art with all of the commitments that come along. Visit her website for more details about what she's up to by tapping here.
Interior design is a field that men have traditionally dominated. However, today, many famous women in the interior design industry are changing that narrative. They've made a name for themselves on television, in magazines, and even as authors through their work. They inspire other women to enter into this field and make their mark.
So, let's celebrate these amazing women on International Women's Day and every day!
What do you think of these 25 most famous women on international women's day? Who would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments.