Next Wave of Great Interior Designers

Many of today’s hottest young interior designers— Nate Berkus, Ruthie Sommers, Laura Kirar— were introduced to the national scene in House Beautiful , in an annual tradition called the Next Wave. Here, for the first time in five years, the Next Wave is back, with 20 interior designers our editors have picked as the ones to watch. Who will break through? Who will we all be talking about . . .next year? >>

Todd Richesin, Knoxville TN

WHAT ’ S NEW ABOUT YOU ? I’m not afraid to use color and have fun with it. My work is all about comfort. More than just a chair being comfort – able—the room has to feel comfortable.

WHO ’ S YOUR FAVORITE DECORATOR EVER ? It is an unbreakable tie between John Fowler and Mark Hampton.

WHAT ’ S THE MOST INSPIRING THING YOU ’ VE SEEN LATELY ? The sky. The color range is limitless, its moodiness is unpredictable. Recently, from the window of a client’s jet, the combination of white and the perfect shade of blue inspired the color scheme for a new cottage.

TELL US ONE OF YOUR SECRET DESIGN RESOURCES. My store, Bobby Todd Antiques, in Sweetwater, Tennessee [ bobbytoddantiques.com].

MAKE A DECORATING PREDICTION. The collected interior will become increasingly popular. Collections reflect a life well-lived.