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Chloe Taylor

Chloe is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. She is passionate about photography, dance and music. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world with her husband and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics.

Every sphere of life, and every profession has its own hall of fame. Every sports club has it, every music genre has it and here interior design is no exception. Of course, no list would be big enough to encompass every design mastermind that this world have ever seen, still there are some who with their ideas managed to change the world as we know it. Today, numerous magnificent edifices around the world serve as their legacy and in most cases, many of their visitors are not even aware of this fact. Now in order to shed some light on people who did so much for the interior design here is the list of five greatest interior designers in the world.

  • Philippe Starck

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They say that in order to successfully break the rules you have to know them by heart and French designer Philippe Starck is a perfect example of this. Starck’s work mostly relies on combination of different styles and materials, even if they were not supposed to go along in theory. His design of bar restaurant KONG in the heart of Paris, is something truly outstanding. Here, he demonstrated how glass, wood, metal and plastic can all work together to create a truly futuristic chic ambiance.

  • Karim Rashid

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Now, when speaking about glass, plastic and metal it is nearly impossible not to talk about industrial style. When talking about industrial style it is absolutely impossible not to reflect its absolute sovereign, Egyptian interior design genius Karim Rashid. According to many, his most notable piece of work is a pharmacy Oaza Zdravlja in Belgrade, Serbia. His full brilliance can be seen in the fact that he managed to take something as bland and faceless as pharmacy and transform it into something truly majestic and unique.

  • Martin Brudnizki

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If you find the work of the two previously mentioned designers to be too flashy for your taste, than you are bound to like the creation of Martin Brudnizki. This Swedish designer simply excels in minimalistic approach. The most curious thing about his designs is that with these elements he does use he somehow achieves the sense of absolute luxury. For this reason alone, most people refer to his style as “minimalist deluxe.”

  • Patricia Urquiola

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Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, is most known for her designs of spa and resorts. Her ability to create a spontaneous interior that perfectly matches the nature that surrounds her is something absolutely unprecedented and unmatched. One of the most curious things about her is that most of her work takes place abroad, mostly notably in Puerto Rico. Still, her works in Spain are not to be neglected as well.

  • Miles Redd

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Finally, although originally from Atlanta, it would be redundant to say that a true designer such as Miles Redd belongs to any nation. Same as all of his aforementioned brothers and sister in arms, he too is the citizen of the world. The best representation of this is his style which perfectly reflects his cosmopolitan character and personality. Miles is known for borrowing for not restraining to borrow from any culture anything he finds to his liking.

There are many other people that deserve a spot on this list but we simply weren’t able to mention them all. Still, any name on the list has definitely earned its spot on this designer Parnassus. Because of this, as their contemporaries, we can safely say that we truly do live in an exciting time since we have the privilege to watch history being written in front of our very eyes.

The ancient Chinese knew that there is a mysterious, deeply hidden way in which people were affected, for better or worse, by the position of inanimate objects. Modern behavioral psychology confirms this eons old wisdom and supports the claim that the way our surrounding looks really does affect our mood. For this reason alone, interior design is one of the most important phrases of the modern age. Even though this term is no more than a century old, it has come to play a significant role in our everyday. Here is how it all started and how it got where it is now.

 

Origins

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Although they might not have had design schools and professional designers, it is more than obvious that even some of the world’s earliest civilizations relied heavily on the notion of interior design. Men and women with great taste were all that was ever needed for this seed to be planted. Since it is universally known that Greeks were perfectionists, rules of proportions were always honored to the letter in the earliest interior design.

 

The progressive era

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At the same time at which various modernist movements were in power in Europe, the U.S. lived through their own golden age called “the progressive era.” It was then, that this (still relatively young) nation began its climb towards the summit. Because of their rapid economic development ever single pore of their society was advancing so it is no coincidence that this also gave birth to the interior design. Amongst the pioneers of interior design was Elsie de Wolfe. Her famous book “The House in Good Taste” published in 1923 was basically a manifesto of the earliest interior designers.

 

The 1930s

Even though interior design was not a force to be reckoned with from the very beginning, it wasn’t until 1930s that the next stage, in its history, was ready to begin. It was also in 1930s that the very term interior designer was coined by the prestigious “Interior Design and Decoration” magazine. This was a significant milestone since a phrase interior designer was finally able to replace the derogatory term decorator. However, the greatest step forward was a fact that in mid 1930s some of the most renowned design schools became universally recognized.

 

The next milestone

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When it comes to the advancement of interior design as science or even art, as some like to refer to it, the next milestone came in the 1970s and 1980s. Although interior design was generally accepted part of everyday life back in the days it wasn’t until the late 20th century that it had undergone a proper standardization. This was conducted by The Foundation for Interior Design Educational Research (FIDER). However, since you can never objectivize an aesthetic form, all this standardization did was create some norms to govern standards for the education of future designers. It also gave designers tools with which to examine the effectiveness of interior design professionals.

 

The modern interior design

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Still, the history of interior design is written every day. We have come a long way from where we were back then, however the road ahead of us is even longer. Today, it would be completely obscene to imagine the world without interior designers. This widespread acceptance led to the creation of different branches of interior design like universal design, healthcare design, educational and institutional design and many others. Another great step towards the brighter future lies in the fact that today interior design is getting more and more turned towards the environmentalism and self-sustainability. We truly live in an exciting time.