These are the 10 names you need to know, who are setting the interior design trends for 2023

We throw the spotlight on ten names in the design world pioneering a vibe shift in furniture, lighting, ceramics and more

A living room with several furniture pieces made by Slash Objects
(Image credit: Slash Objects)

Design has evolved over the last decade, and newer, fresher, stylish yet practical looks have emerged. Whether it's furniture, lighting, decoratives, fabrics or more, a vibe shift has been in the works. Today, product design isn't only about furnishing to create boutique-looking spaces and high-end interiors. It's a beautiful mix of cozy glamor that brings together high-concept style, and laid-back luxury with low-maintenance homes. This is the new era of the home.

And, we have a few thought leaders to thank for these interior design trends. From studios to a group of young designers, certain fertile minds with a discerning eye, and razor-sharp focus have been creating products that have blossomed from simple ideas into international looks.

Here's a look at some such path-breakers who are contributing to the ever-changing, metamorphosing world of interior design. Add these to your list now!

Aditi Sharma Maheshwari
Aditi Sharma Maheshwari

Aditi is a homes writer and editor with several years of experience. Her articles, backed by expert insights, offer suggestions aimed at helping readers make the best home design choices. For this article, she scoured the design world to find some of the most pathbreaking product designers to know. 

1. Kalon

A daybed in the living room

(Image credit: Kalon)

Michaele Simmering and Johannes Pauwen founded Kalon (opens in new tab)in Los Angeles to create products that inspire – but also to use design for positive change. The studio emphasizes the simple beauty and emotive power of everyday objects, with a focus on natural materials and versatility. They work mostly in wood, with living room daybeds, desks, tables, and other objects built by master craftspeople using a mix of traditional and high-tech methods. 

All materials are domestically sourced, with timber acquired from sustainably managed forests.

2. Arthur Hoffner

A modern fountain tap

(Image credit: Arthur Hoffner)

French visual artist Arthur Hoffner (opens in new tab)’s practice is based on the junction of craftsmanship, sculpture, and industrial design. At a young age, he developed an interest in ironwork and all his creations link current forms with the artifacts of vanished civilizations. 

A recent series called Fountains – inspired by the sacred fountains of Brocéliande and the opulent ones at Versailles – is made of assembled utensils, managing to be functional, autonomous, and a source of contemplation and wonder. Perfect for modern farmhouse kitchens and living rooms.

3. Hot Wire Extensions

A chandelier made of recycled pipes

(Image credit: Marco Rosasco)

Swiss designer Fabio Hendry is a crusader for sustainable design, a big lighting trend. His studio, Hot Wire Extensions (opens in new tab), works with waste nylon powder from SLS 3D printing – a material that can’t currently be recycled but can create magic in design. 

With inspiration derived from the organic way a vine grows around a tree, the material is used to create bone-like structures built around a wire. Lighting, furniture, and installations are all characterized by dedication to the mindful exploration of new material landscapes.

4. Duffy London

A living room with Duffy London furniture

(Image credit: Duffy London)

Christopher Duffy learned the ropes of the trade as a part-time furniture buyer but had a greater creative vision for design, which is why he set up Duffy London (opens in new tab). A deep interest in merging concepts of gravity, geography, and optical illusion has set him apart, and his work combines art and function. 

With a team of talented designers, artisans, and manufacturers, along with the latest cutting-edge techniques, the studio produces pieces that define bedroom and living room trends, setting the highest standard.

5. Eny Lee Parker

A living room with designer lighting

(Image credit: Sean Davidson)

Eny Lee Parker (opens in new tab) doesn’t like to be categorized within any particular aesthetic, style, or even material use. The New York-based designer is constantly looking to experiment. In the past, she has worked with glass, fluffy mohair, clay (her primary medium), ceramics, and more, and has crafted objects, furniture, and lighting that stand apart, ideal for big to small apartments.

She believes in traditional crafts and the values they bring – slowness, intention, respect for natural resources, and timelessness.

6. Slash Objects

A living room with several furniture pieces made by Slash Objects

(Image credit: Slash Objects)

The New York-based studio Slash Objects (opens in new tab), helmed by Arielle Assouline-Lichten, is committed to creating a circular economy, a big interior design trend, by diverting waste from landfills to new products. Merging materials such as marble, metal, concrete, and ceramic with recycled rubber (a material that is largely discarded) creates an exciting mixture of textures showcased in pieces that can stand the test of time. From furniture to tableware, lighting to mats, the portfolio is diverse and inspiring.

7. Studio Ahead

A living room with a designer mirror

(Image credit: Ricardo de la Concha)

Studio Ahead (opens in new tab), a San Francisco-based collective founded by Homan Rajai and Elena Dendiberia, traverses the Silk Road, with design sensibilities based on their respective Iranian and Russian backgrounds. 

Their work is rooted in raw and refined, foreign and familiar, modern-day local culture, and deep artistic and craft traditions. Each product – the collection includes beds, chairs, tapestries, headboards, stools, and mirrors – is built with a framework of aesthetic multiculturalism.

8. Roubaix

A living room with a fluffy sofa

(Image credit: Sphere Studio)

Elisa Uberti (opens in new tab)was a prodigy of the fashion world but her heart was always in refined and timeless objects defined by craftsmanship. Her studio in Roubaix, France produces creations in stoneware and each work is far removed from standard forms. 

She draws inspiration from nature, nomadism, architecture, and the poetry of space, and her lamps, sculptures and accent chairs show a subtle balance between the rigor of technicality and spontaneity of gesture.

9. Noom

A curving sofa

(Image credit: NOOM)

Designer Kateryna Sokolova and entrepreneur Arkady Vartanov were fascinated by the idea of merging old and new manufacturing technologies to make functional and striking products that are built to last – and this ultimately led to the creation of their Ukraine-based studio, Noom (opens in new tab)

As well as sleek furniture, lighting, vases and other pieces designed with a sophisticated signature style, the studio dabbles in chemical oxidation and patina on metals to create unique effects and colors for limited-edition products.

10. Soft-Geometry

A living room with modern accent chairs

(Image credit: Yanic Friedman)

Designers Utharaa Zacharias and Palaash Chaudhary were intrigued by the abstract yet soulful concept of ‘softness’ – seen in materials (velvet), colors (light pink, dusky blue), and sounds (whispers, rustle of leaves). The idea denotes malleability, a willingness to learn, and nuance of fluidity. 

This prompted the creation of their India-US-based practice, Soft-Geometry (opens in new tab), with its coffee tables, lamps, chairs, candles, and more featuring pleasingly sinuous curves and delicate visuals. 

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Aditi Sharma Maheshwari

Aditi Sharma Maheshwari is an architecture and design journalist with over 10 years of experience. She's worked at some of the leading media houses in India such as Elle Decor, Houzz and Architectural Digest (Condé Nast).  Till recently, she was a freelance writer for publications such as Architectural Digest US, House Beautiful, Stir World, Beautiful Homes India among others. In her spare time, she volunteers at animal shelters and other rescue organizations.