A decorating legend once told us, "If you want to be modern, you have to know your history. You must learn what was modern then to know what is modern now." It's a lesson we greatly admire and one heartily upheld by these five talents. (It was Mario Buatta, by the way, and when we were done squealing with delight at his presence, he gave us a bunch more excellent advice.)
The dandyish British aesthete counts among his job titles prop stylist for Christie’s, protégé of royal decorator Ben Pentreath, and founder of a line of hand-illustrated home decor. Check out his Personal Space column in Lonny.
Another Londoner, Beata Heuman honed her tradisms under aristocratic and eccentric (he's pals with Mick Jagger) decorator Nicky Haslam for nine years before heading out on her own. Her own perfect flat was just featured in the U.K.'s House & Garden.
No one has gotten us as excited about Uptown style since Blair Waldorf. Upper East Siders Alyssa Kapito and Vivian Muller's youthful, sophisticated sensibility makes tone-on-tone decorating feel super luxe. Find much more in their Instagram Stories profile.
This Birmingham-based designer throws a wrench in the archetype of the Southern gentleman decorator. Between hand painting trad stripes on his apartment floors and working for architect Bill Ingram, he can be found dubsmashing and pulling pranks on Instagram.
A monogram lover after our own heart, Labrum picked up her prim, feminine style in London and perfected it in Chicago. Look for her designs, notable for their dreamy washes of neutrals and luxe mixed metallics, from Lincoln Park to Lake Forest.