4 Design Specialists Crafting Eye-Catching Home Solutions

Not everyone has the eye or the aptitude to singlehandedly design an incredible living space. For those who need some help selecting the right furniture and decor, or for those who require full-service planning and construction, the interior design specialists here have a range of striking solutions to bring form and function into harmony. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

5 People & Studios Specializing in Interior Design

Name Specialty
Meg Braff Known for her colorful, modern take on traditional design, she does residential commissions throughout the United States and the Caribbean
Kelly Behun Based in New York City, she works on homes, apartments, and penthouses, utilizing everything from bespoke furnishings to offbeat accents and inexpensive vintage finds
Koeppel Design San Francisco studio making vinyl record accessories, such as alphabetical and genre record dividers, hardwood display stands, and tote bags
Michael Young English designer renowned for his minimalist, industrial aesthetic, offering various design services and technology solutions through his Hong Kong studio

Inside Kelly Behun's Lavish Apartment

Reasons To Hire An Interior Designer

  • Save time by trusting an expert instead of designing by trial & error
  • An experienced professional will notice things you might miss
  • They can be a liaison between you and architects & contractors
  • You'll gain access to good resources and contacts
  • They can help you think outside the box
  • You can maximize both the form and function of your living space

In Depth

When it comes to crafting a desirable interior space, comfort and style are often the qualities that take on greatest importance. However, many people struggle with balancing the two, or lack the keen aesthetic sense to plan and execute a winning design. Thankfully, there are specialists available to help. The ones here, listed in no particular order, bring their various design savvies to bear on rooms, furnishings, decor, and more.

For #1 we find Meg Braff, who runs her own eponymous firm. She's known for her colorful take on traditional design, creating domestic spaces characterized by glamour and a modern sensibility. With residential commissions throughout the United States and the Caribbean, she's worked on interior design projects everywhere from Rhode Island to Bermuda. Braff also has an antiques and decoration shop in Locust Valley, New York.

Braff's projects have included the Little Harbor Club in Michigan, the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in New York, and an estate in Palm Beach. Through her firm, she also designs and sells wallpapers and fabrics. Her book, "The Decorated Home," shares advice on creating rooms that are both livable and attractive, focusing on the essential elements of bedrooms, baths, and outdoor spaces.

Through her firm, she also designs and sells wallpapers and fabrics.

Landing at #2 is Kelly Behun. Based in New York City, she is the founder of a design studio specializing in interiors, furniture, and decorative accessories. Her projects utilize everything from bespoke furnishings to offbeat accents and inexpensive vintage finds. Behun has deep ties to the art world, and her clients have included high profile individuals from the areas of business, politics, and entertainment.

Behun's portfolio encompasses lavish homes, apartments, and penthouses throughout New York, as well as other private residencies in Florida and London. Her luxury line of furniture and home accessories, which includes pillows, trays, and "Lazy Suzis," is sold through 1st Dibs, the Met Breuer shop, and other exclusive outlets. Behun also takes custom orders of items such as tables and vases.

For #3 we get Koeppel Design, a San Francisco-based studio founded by Kate Koeppel. Guided by the values of simplicity and organization, it crafts playful, purposeful vinyl music accessories that bring order to domestic spaces. The items are designed and manufactured by a team of local craftswomen, and are available for purchase both online and via select retailers in the US and internationally.

Guided by the values of simplicity and organization, it crafts playful, purposeful vinyl music accessories that bring order to domestic spaces.

Among the studio's popular items are its alphabetical and genre record dividers, which are designed for safely storing and organizing vinyl on shelves or in crates. Custom dividers and panels are made-to-order, with options for engraved or stenciled lettering. Other offerings include hardwood display stands and tote bags. Koeppel Design has worked with brand partners including Urban Outfitters, Ghostly, and various record labels and studios.

Finally, for #5 we have Michael Young, an English designer renowned for his minimalist, industrial aesthetic. In 1993, he founded the Michael Young Studio with the aim of providing exclusive, quality design services across a range of markets, from interiors to technology. After nearly a decade working across the UK and Iceland, he established a studio in Hong Kong focused on modern style and Asian technological ingenuity.

The studio offers services including commodity and spatial design, branding and design strategy, and corporate and event art direction. Its eclectic projects range from Beijing public toilets to retail stores and exhibition spaces, while its items include furniture and lighting fixtures. Michael Young also partners with a number of brands to create innovative technology solutions, such as wireless speakers, watches, vaping devices, and water filtration systems.