It’s Here: The ELLE DECOR A-List 2021

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Welcome to the 11th A-List, our annual look at the most exciting names in residential interiors, architecture, and landscape. This year’s roster includes a new crop of 20 standouts; we also debut our Titans honor roll, which celebrates two dozen exceptionally influential talents. The list is by no means exhaustive—but who wants that after the year we’ve just had? We like to think of it, instead, as a breath of fresh air.

This year we welcome the following talents to the list: Top row, from left: Alfredo Paredes, Cliff Fong (Matt Blacke), Delia Kenza, Anooshey Rahim (Dune Hai), Elliott Barnes. Second row: Fabrizio Casiraghi, Florence Lopez, Ghislaine Viñas, Heide Hendricks and Rafe Churchill, Thomas Kligerman and John Ike. Third row: Jean Liu, Juliana Lima Vasconcellos, Leslie Bennett (Pine House Edible Gardens), Michael K. Chen, Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe. Bottom row: Poonam Khanna (Unionworks), Rafael de Cárdenas, Adam Hills and Maria Speake (Retrouvius), Nina Cooke John, Terremoto.

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This year, we’re introducing 20 exciting talents to our A-List. These global firms in decor, architecture, and landscape caught our attention for their dynamic approach to design and, in many cases, for their proactive commitment to community engagement.

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Photo credit: Miguel Flores-Vianna

Alfredo Paredes Studio
New York City

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Paredes launched his studio in 2019 after more than three decades at Ralph Lauren Home. He’s since applied his bohemian-industrial aesthetic to endeavors like a beachfront restaurant in South Florida and furniture for EJ Victor.

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Photo credit: Ricardo Labougle

Juliana Lima Vasconcellos
Rio de Janeiro

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The best Brazilian designers specialize in dramatic interiors; Vasconcellos is no exception. See: her own family apartment in Rio de Janeiro, featured in our April 2021 issue, which frames a singularly stunning view with contemporary art and furniture of her own creation. This year, following residential projects in Miami and northern Italy, she’ll be introducing a new furniture line for the Invisible Collection.

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These interiors, architecture, and landscape firms—some of which have been on the A-List from the beginning—consistently wow us, keep us guessing, and show the kinds of intelligence and excellence that drive the design industry forward.

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Photo credit: Sylvie Becquet - Hearst Owned

Designer Bill Brockschmidt of the firm Brockschmidt & Coleman expertly restored a palazzo atop a grotto in Sicily.

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In the main bedroom suite of Christine and John Gachot’s Manhattan penthouse.

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Inside a Hawaii home designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

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The entrance to Tatyana Miron Ahlers’s (one half of the design duo Pappas Miron) New York loft.

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Photo credit: STEPHEN KENT JOHNSON - Hearst Owned

A dining room in a welcoming California residence recently designed by Studio Shamshiri.

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This issue marks the premiere of our Titans list: a toast to 24 icons in residential interiors and architecture whose consistency and vision continue to shape our world and the spaces that define it. Raise a glass, won’t you?

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Photo credit: Jennifer Hughes - Hearst Owned

In the main bedroom of Darryl Carter’s Washington, D.C., townhouse

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Photo credit: Frank Frances - Hearst Owned

A view into the dining room of Sheila Bridges’s Hudson Valley country home.

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Photo credit: Santi Caleca - Hearst Owned

The entry to a classic Milanese townhouse designed by Studio Peregalli.



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