Having just graduated from design school one month ago, I'm inspired by friends who have already secured jobs at firms, with a few clients on the side. It's fun being the new person in an industry, eager to make your mark. To set a standard for my own design career, I like to see what direction my peer designers are taking in their own careers, and I can't wait to see where these featured designers are 5 or 10 years from now.
- Chris Cushingham: I went to school with Chris and admire his style of mixing modern and industrial furnishings. Last summer, Apartment Therapy featured his Los Angeles loft and he's since moved to New York to take a job at a design firm. As soon as he gets settled into his new home, I would love to do a follow-up tour of his new home.
- Tamara Kaye-Honey: Tamara calls her style "the New Vintage." Her path to interior design began when she remodeled her personal home. She recently opened her first shop, House of Honey. Her services include residential, commercial, and product design. Between her store and her design business, she's set out on her own to make a statement to the design industry.
- Vanessa De Vargas: Vanessa has a passion for restoring antiques and bringing a bit of gilded glamor to her interiors. She's also one of a handful of designers that offer clients access to her services at a low flat rate. Her e-decorating service is $500 for the design of a single room.
- Angie Hranowsky: She was named one of the "20 Designers to Watch" by Traditional Home, which is why it should be no surprise that she's also included on our list of young designers to follow. The Charleston designer has quite an impressive portfolio — each project has its own personality while staying true to Angie's style.
- John Jacob: John is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and pulls inspiration from his surroundings. He also contracts South African artists for paintings or sculptures to include in his projects. His style ranges from period French to Neo-Classical to Roberto Cavalli-esque rockstar. His upcoming projects include the restoration of 2 historic homes in Eastern Cape.
- Kyle Schuneman: I recently saw Kyle's work at the Esquire House. He designed the outdoor terrace overlooking the Los Angeles skyline. Under 30 years old, Kyle has made his mark in the industry from interiors to set design. He even has his first design book in development.
- Cozette Coffman: Cozette started her career working at two Los Angeles design firms. In 2008, she opened her boutique design firm with projects ranging from single room makeovers to complete home renovations. I really enjoy flipping through her portfolio images. Each room evokes simplicity with a touch of pattern, texture, and color.
Who is your favorite up-and-coming designer?