London’s legendary Annabel social club may have a strict no phones after 6 P.M. rule, but don’t be fooled—the fantastical space, designed by London’s Martin Brudnizki—begs to be buzzed about. Annabel, which opened this past March, is just one of the latest projects for Brudnizki, the Swedish-born designer who has spent the past decade transforming some of the world’s most storied hotels, clubs, and eateries into wondrous, maximalist escapes.
For New York designer Sara Story, good design knows no bounds. The recipient of a dynamic upbringing that spanned several countries and embraced art in all of its forms, Story was exposed to an array of global influences from an early age. After snagging an interior architecture degree at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and earning her keep at the renowned firm, Victoria Hagan, Story ventured out on her own, forming Sara Story Design in 2003.
Caleb Anderson has a way of doing everything a bit bigger. Maybe it’s his Texas upbringing—after all, everything is bigger in Texas, isn’t it?—but Anderson is always up for making a statement. For instance, take Anderson’s first foray into design. After kicking off his design career in his native Austin, Anderson made his way to New York City to take an internship with NYC design heavyweight Jamie Drake. Anderson worked his way up to a full-time role at Drake’s firm before leaving to start his own firm in 2013. Then, two years later, in a surprise twist, he announced he had a new firm with a not-so-new partner: his former boss, Jamie Drake.
Architect and interior designer Neal Beckstedt seems to have cracked the code on Manhattanites. Since opening his namesake firm in 2010, Beckstedt has built a portfolio filled with Chelsea lofts and Soho penthouses decorated in his self-described “refined, yet warm brand of modernism.” By layering neutral hues with natural materials, Beckstedt creates sleek spaces underpinned with drama. His signature melange appeals not just to NYC homeowners, but The City’s premier luxury property developers and industry heavyweights (The Kip’s Bay show house, in fact, has invited him to participate not once, but twice—a rarity for new designers).