One of the first names that comes to mind in modern times when we speak of mega-mansions, is Richard Landry. He is renowned for having created incredible home designs for eminent personalities, including several celebrities residing in California. He is a Canadian by birth but moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s to witness the summer Olympics there. There was no turning back from there for him. He began his career by making beautiful parks. After setting up his independent firm in the late 1980s, his services were greatly sought after and since then, has designed as many as 500 mansions, many of which belonged to celebrities and renowned people. One of his remarkable pieces of art is the design of the home in Holmby Hills where Michael Jackson breathed his last breath. His other notable contributions to design include the Villa del Lago at Malibu, Palos Verdes Estates in California, several contemporary residences in LA, some traditional homes in Pacific Palisades, and those are just to name a few. Landry has been presented with several awards for his contributions to the field of home design. Although some media referred to him as the king of tasteless mansions, his work is revered by most people.
Frank Lloyd Wright
The next architect who needs a special mention when we are talking of architects who were ahead of their times, is Frank Lloyd Wright. The most unique feature of his architecture and design was that they were inspired by nature and thus, he considered his way of designing as organic architecture, something not seen frequently, then or now. New York’s famous Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of his noteworthy designs, as well as the famous Fallingwater mansion located in Pennsylvania. The architectural masterpieces bear the testimony of the finesse and hard-work shown by Lloyd in all his architectural work. Other notable mentions of his works of art include the Taliesin West, which was the place where Lloyd spent his winter vacations. Some of his other well known designs are the Robie house in Chicago, the Marin County Civic Center, and the Jacobs House in Madison. All these properties are mesmerizing and display Lloyd’s authenticity and contemporary style of design.
Ramtin Ray Nosrati
Another famous designer who is most known for his extraordinary designing skills and ability to predict trends in buyer’s demands, is Ramtin Ray Nosrati. His claim to fame is pioneering the first marijuana mansions, which feature separate areas in the home that allow celebrity and high end homeowners to grow and cultivate up to six cannabis plants in their home. Home buyers who do not use cannabis can turn the space into an organic indoor garden. These cannabis rooms were designed as a modern alternative to a cigar room, or wine cellars and wine tasting rooms that the rich and famous have become accustomed to having built into their homes. Controversial concepts like cannabis rooms have helped project Nosrati’s work into the mainstream, but his eye for design, attention to detail, and legacy of building prestigious residential compounds carries itself. He is also known for his strong use of Instagram as a platform to share his designs with his thousands of followers. Nosrati’s mansions are so high in demand, that many of them sell before completion.
Last but not least, this designer who also deserves a special mention for creating eye-catching and mesmerizing home designs, is Frank Gehry. Among all the remarkable buildings designed by him, his design and architectural work around Santa Monica is something that immediately brought him to the limelight. The Concert Hall of Walt Disney located in Los Angeles, Cambridge’s famous Maria Stata Center, The Molecular Studies Center at the Cincinnati University Campus, several museums such as the Vitra Design Museum of Germany, Seattle’s famous Museum of Pop culture and countless others are some of the extraordinary monuments created by Gehry. Most of his designs display experimentation and a funky style. His designs and creation also reflect a contemporary European style of architecture. Due to his immense contribution in design, he has been labeled as one of the most renowned architects of his times by Vanity Fair and many other publications.
The above-mentioned four home designers are immensely popular for their own unique and contemporary style of designing, and their work displays that they were, or still are, much ahead of their times.