6 Designers Turning Homes And Public Spaces Into Art

Function is always of utmost importance when it comes to the spaces we inhabit, but in focusing so much on how things work, it's easy to lose track of how they look. Ensuring that the practical and the beautiful can fit together in harmony, the designers listed here work to make both residential and commercial areas into artful and productive sites for human activity. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

6 Design Firms Transforming Spaces

Name Headquarters Location About
Vincent Van Duysen Architects Antwerp, Belgium Comprises a team of more than twenty collaborators with work ranging from product design for numerous international brands, to commercial and large-scale architectural projects, with a focus on high-end residences both in Belgium and across the world
Hinterland Design Vancouver, Canada Made up of artists, woodworkers, and craftspeople who build by hand using natural materials
Warp & Weft New York City, New York Designs distinctive rugs that are both old and new, contemporary and timeless, for modern, luxury interiors
MDBA Barcelona, Spain Specializes in project development, from new work to restoration projects and interior design, going through all stages including architecture, furniture design, graphic design, and landscaping
Amber Freda New York City, New York Provides a full range of luxury landscape design services and creates unique outdoor spaces that capture clients' personalities and styles
Butler Armsden San Francisco, California Boasts a varied portfolio of primarily residential work, bringing to the design process such methods as renderings, models, virtual reality, and reams of sketches

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In Depth

For decades, interior designers and outdoor planners have transformed homes, commercial venues, and public spaces into unique works of art. Though some may find this kind of decor frivolous, practicality and functionality do not need to be sacrificed in the name of creative expression. In no particular order, here's a list of architects and designers who are striving to infuse everyday spaces with beauty and originality.

First up, #1 is Vincent Van Duysen, a native of Belgium who has worked all around the globe. He established his namesake architectural firm in 1989, with the purpose of highlighting the relationship between architecture and interior design. Van Duysen himself has received multiple awards, including the Flemish Culture Prize for Design and the Belgian Designer of the Year.

Functionality, durability and comfort are the prime components of this designer's work. Van Duysen conveys aesthetics while simultaneously eschewing fashion and trends, utilizing pure and tactile materials to create clean, timeless designs. Though his work is rigorous and sparse, it retains its sense of life. Van Duysen's portfolio includes various residential interiors and exteriors, as well as retail and office locations.

Though his work is rigorous and sparse, it retains its sense of life.

Next, #2 is Hinterland Design, a collection of artists, woodworkers and craftspeople who build pieces by hand using natural components. This Vancouver-based company believes that materials are at the heart of any design, and has strived to source these supplies locally and sustainably throughout over twenty years of operation.

Hinterland Design tends to focus its attention on individual and unique pieces, rather than entire spaces. Handmade tables and chairs with uncommon silhouettes are among the company's most well-known products. However, this firm has completed larger-scale projects, such as a cabin in the wilderness built from the ground up, or custom furniture sets for the Nike Headquarters in Oregon.

Coming in at #3 is Warp & Weft, founded by Michael Mandapati. He created this company on the simple premise of providing the finest rugs possible to the international design community. Mandapati's goal is for each rug to be both contemporary and timeless, acting as a distinctive complement to luxury interiors.

Mandapati's goal is for each rug to be both contemporary and timeless, acting as a distinctive complement to luxury interiors.

Warp & Weft rugs can be seen in residential, commercial, and hospitality projects worldwide. In 2013, Mandapati established a showroom in New York's Design and Decoration Building as an architectural space in which rugs can be viewed and experienced more fully. This open and minimal environment acts as the heart of Warp & Weft.

#4 on this list is MDBA Architects. Founded by Maria Diaz, she partnered with Vicente Guallart to assemble a young team of designers and professionals who have focuses in different disciplines. MDBA Architects has a wide portfolio that features urban planning, outdoor construction, and interior design in a plethora of locations, from commercial to residential to public spaces.

This firm boasts experience in all kinds of project development, including both new work and restoration. From the concept up to its execution, there's a resident expert for any of the phases of a task, whether that be architecture, interior design, furniture, graphic design, or landscaping. MDBA Architects has a long list of awards won for transformative and contemporary projects.

MDBA Architects has a long list of awards won for transformative and contemporary projects.

Up next, #5 is Amber Freda, who offers urban landscape and garden design in New York City. Since 2004, this designer has been providing a full range of luxury landscaping services, creating unique outdoor spaces that capture her clients' personality and style. From custom outdoor kitchens to rooftop patios, Freda's perspective is thorough and detail-oriented.

Personally supervising the design of every project from start to finish, Freda sits down with clients to discuss colors, themes, and the overall vision. The company also installs specialty lighting and irrigation systems, as well as offering regular garden maintenance. Additionally, Freda teaches dozens of classes on New York City landscape and garden design.

Last, but not least, #6 is Butler Armsden, a residential architecture firm founded in 1985 by Lewis Butler. Believing that architecture is an inherently artistic pursuit, he oversees each aspect of the firm's work to ensure originality. This company emphasizes site-specific responses to architectural and design projects, rather than the repeated application of a singular style.

Believing that architecture is an inherently artistic pursuit, he oversees each aspect of the firm's work to ensure originality.

Butler Armsden has completed projects in a variety of settings, from the country to the city to the coast. Utilizing renderings, models, and virtual reality, this San Francisco-based company partners with clients to create a detailed, intentional vision for their home, bringing every aspect of these visions to life. Each project is personally tailored to what best suits the specific client.