Mixing a design pedigree with practicality.
The daughter of design icon Mark Hampton, Alexa Hampton creates rooms that are often formal and classic, and could be intimidating, if not for their designer's commitment to comfort and practicality. "I like to be comfortable," she says. "Even though I can be incredibly fancy in terms of the projects I take on, I don't want that to sacrifice comfort or utility."
As president of her father's eponymous firm in New York, Alexa has grown it into an international powerhouse. She's also found time to write two books and launch several product lines, including fabric and trims for Kravet, furniture for Hickory Chair and lighting for Visual Comfort.