Designers to Watch

Three new lights, who are easy contenders for next year's list, created rooms of their own at the showhouse.

Oliver Furth
Clients: Skip Brittenham, Michael and Jena King

At 15, Furth entered design with a part-time job in an architect's office, and now with a slew of boldface clients, the 31-year-old baby-faced chairman of the Decorative Arts and Design Council at LACMA has been rightfully dubbed the "Doogie Howser of interior design." Furth pulls inspiration from a tapestry of sources to create his signature urbane spaces, but he says he doesn't have a style. "I have an approach," he says. "I want the client and I to visit galleries, study art, find that sense of history."

Natasha Baradarn
Clients
: Kate Hudson, Luis Miguel

The Brentwood rising star who got her start designing high-end hotel interiors draws inspiration from the dusty palette and filigree of the Persian souk as well as her two young daughters -- "they encourage me to create spaces that are livable." Currently, Baradaran is tricking out Hudson and rocker fiance Matthew Bellamy's just-purchased Tudor in the Pacific Palisades.

Adam Bram Straus
Clients: Zac Efron, Mia Hamm

Bram Straus' entry-level position at Kenneth Brown Design saved him from a career as an investment banker. The resident of Hollywood is working on a Belgian-inspired Beverly Hills estate once owned by Dolly Parton. "I'm big on mixing traditional with modern, so it looks curated and like an environment that has evolved over time," he says. "It's about the individual pieces, loving those pieces and having them work cohesively together."