As House & Garden's Top 100 Interior Designers arrives at its twenty-first year, we've been reflecting on the significance of the list's publication. As our editor Hatta Byng says, 'It has become the list that every UK designer wants to be in, a benchmark of success. And a guide for our readers and also the design industry about who is doing the best and most interesting work in this country.' The list has to evolve constantly, taking into account rising stars and brand new talent. Nonetheless, there are those who have been in the list from the start; already at the top of their game in 1998, they are still the most influential figures in the interior design world today. Whether they are doyens of classical British decoration, or pioneers of modern design, these are the most respected, most-sought-after talents in the industry. Scroll down to see the starry ranks of those who are in both our 1998 supplement and continue to be in it today.

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  • House & Garden Top 100 - the designers who have been in the list longest

    Alidad

    Working on a grand scale, Alidad designs with eye-watering attention to detail. The team offers an interior architecture and decoration service, and current projects include a Paris apartment, a Georgian townhouse in London and a villa in Croatia.

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    Charles Rutherfoord

    here is a pleasing tension between the contemporary and the classic in the work of Charles Rutherfoord. He read architecture at Cambridge and his spatial design and eye for detail are exemplary. His small studio in south London takes on a mix of projects.

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    Charlotte Crosland Interiors

    With over 25 years’ experience, this Notting Hill-based designer and her small team create interiors that are comfortable, elegant and incredibly welcoming. Charlotte has also just launched a bespoke joinery service.

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    Chester Jones Studio

    Today, the exacting, cerebral and inspiring elder statesman of British interior design Chester Jones is joined by his two sons in running the studio. Benjamin is a designer and Toby is the managing director. As ever, the lines are clean, and the spaces are considered and beautifully curated.

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    Colin Orchard

    Much of Colin Orchard’s recent work has been on the other side of the Atlantic, where his English country-house style is much in demand. This highly experienced decorator, who led a design team at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, works on projects that are large and long term.

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    Collett-Zarzycki

    This highly respected company was founded more than 30 years ago. In the intervening decades, Anthony Collett, Andrzej Zarzycki and their team have made a name creating bold and glamorous interiors, with peppy colour palettes and interesting collections of artworks.

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    David Mlinaric

    David Mlinaric has been in the business of interiors for 55 years. His contribution was recognised in 2009, when he was awarded a CBE for services to interior design and heritage. David has a starry client list, including Jacob Rothschild, Mick Jagger, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Opera House. His recent book Great English Interiors offers a glimpse of a few of the impressive houses he has worked on over the years.

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    Jane Churchill

    It takes a lifetime of experience to conceive the elegant yet liveable spaces Jane Churchill creates. She has a deep knowledge of the classic decorating tradition, which she has gained from more than 40 years in the business.

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    Joanna Wood

    It has been a good year for Joanna and her team. Projects have included the private apartments and ongoing historical restoration at Winfield House, NW1 for the current US Ambassador, a big house in Florida and a newbuild on the coast of Ireland, literally hewn out of the cliff. Her clients and the jobs she takes on are diverse, and her capable team can turn their hands to most things.

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    Nicky Haslam

    Nicky Haslam does not need much introduction. Even those who operate beyond the sphere of interiors are likely to know his name. Since 1972, he has been creating sophisticated rooms with an innate sense of drama, scale and, of course, a dash of wit.

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    Nina Campbell

    One of the true doyennes of English interior decoration, Nina has been in the business for almost 50 years. She is a designer with a truly international following and plenty of projects in the US.

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    Robert Kime

    Antique dealer, decorator and textile connoisseur, Robert Kime creates beautiful interiors that lift the spirits. His projects are a distillation of 50 years of experience, his inquisitive eye and an impeccable knowledge of history, objects and architecture.

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    Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler

    Established in the Thirties, this quintessential English firm continues to set the bar high. Current projects include a Robert Adam house in London.

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    Studio Reed

    As an evangelical champion of authenticity and craftsmanship, Jonathan Reed and his team create uniqueinteriors with an earthy, human feel for super-league clients.

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    Todhunter Earle

    Emily Todhunter and Kate Earle are at the top of their game, with a highly professional team handling a diverse range of (usually large-scale) projects. These range from grand newbuild houses to a villa in Antibes and everything in between. They are also working on two important historic houses – Rodmarton Manor in Gloucestershire (Grade I-listed Arts and Crafts) and Reddish House in Wiltshire (once home to Cecil Beaton).

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    Veere Grenney Associates

    A towering design figure who works on houses all round the world, Veere has a small team and is fully involved in every project. Whether using chintz or grasscloth on the walls, his interiors feel elegant and calm.

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    Virginia Howard

    Virginia Howard and her small team of designers often collaborate with long-standing clients on multiple projects, which is always a good sign. She does ‘grown-up’ decoration extremely well, but there is no shortage of fun or flair. Virginia, whose mantra is ‘listen carefully first’, has a sensitive eye and always stays faithful to good architecture – bringing old buildings to life for the twenty-first century. Current projects include a Georgian farmhouse in Hampshire and a Regency house in Cornwall.