Thank You NYC&G

NYC&G Glenn Gissler Design

The May/June issue of NYC&G features a double page spread on the dual buildings – The Townsend at 1123 and The Saint James at 1133 Broadway, and the numerous interior design professionals who call them home.

Very exciting for Glenn Gissler Design to be included in this amazing group of designers, including Robert Stilin, Greg Tankersley, Ray Booth, Barry Goralnick, Kevin Isbell, and Young Huh.

Broadway in the 20’s continues it’s emergence as an interior design destination!

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Thank You Cultured Lifestyle!

Glenn Gissler Design Cultured Lifestyle

We’re thrilled to find an image from our Greenwich Village Pied-à-Terre project featured on the cover of the May/June issue of Cultured Lifestyle.

You can follow this online link to see the entire magazine, which includes beautiful new outdoor furniture from Holly Hunt, a review of Emily Evan Eerdman’s new book on Henri Samuel, and an expose on Conde House’s Japonese-inflected design. In addition, you’ll find to 18 page story titled A Man For All Season, which includes interior images from a collection of Glenn Gissler Design projects.

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Thank You Dering Hall!

We are thrilled to see one of Glenn Gissler Design’s projects currently featured on Dering Hall!

The clients, empty nesters with a house in Westchester, New York are passionate and discerning art collectors. Modest in size, superlative in quality, their collection includes works by Cy Twombly, Joan Miro, Jim Dine, Edvard Munch, Jean Dubuffet, Richard Serra, Robert Motherwell, Henri Matisse, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg and Frank Stella.

We sought to create a setting for these pieces that would display them prominently yet without ostentation. It was the clients’ desire truly to live with art, meshing seamlessly the works on the walls with fine pieces of twentieth century furniture, to live in the comfort of understated style, design originality and quality.

You can read more about this project and see the full slide show of the finished home by following this link.

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A 19th Century Living Room for the 21st Century

Glenn Gissler Design Brooklyn Showhouse

Following the 1980’s advertising slogan “Never let them see you sweat”, interior designers work to make their projects look effortless; however, much effort goes on behind the scenes in advance of the ‘big reveal’. (We keep band-aids on hand in case of blood, there is always sweat, and sometimes even tears!)

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“NEST — A Wild Adventure”, at the New York School of Interior Design

Nest Magazine was an outlier in the magazine world with a brief but impactful life from 1997-2003.

Joseph Holtzman, founder, and editor-in-chief created an outrageously unique and provocative experience for readers, exploring and revealing every kind of dwelling, from the professionally designed and grand to the humble yet beautiful.

In the video below, shot at the NYSID lecture I organized “Nest – A Wild Adventure”, Lisa Zeiger, former decorative arts editor at Nest, presents a lecture that explores Nest as a magnificently unified work of art reflecting the taste of its founder, and offers a rare glimpse into the magazine’s photography, graphic design, and eclectic array of authors and interiors.

The lecture was followed by a discussion with Mitchell Owens, decorative arts editor at Architectural Digest, and myself in my capacity as president of ASID New York Metro, on the magazine’s creators, exuberant content and its influence on design thinking and writing today.

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Thank You House Beautiful!

A word of thanks to Sophie Donaldson and House Beautiful for including me in the February issue’s ‘Room For Improvement’ article.

I was asked to choose a favorite paint for the story, which highlights colors that have a big impact in transforming rooms without requiring a major renovation.

I chose Farrow & Ball’s ‘Railings 31’, with this commentary;

“Paint is your best friend if renovations aren’t possible, but you can’t be shy! Skip bland and go straight to daring, like this strong gray. I use it on the mullions of colonial-style windows, and the transformation is stunning. They instantly look modern, as if they were steel casement. At night, the mullions seem to disappear into the darkness, and all you see is the view outside. Magical!”

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Interior Design Master Class

Pared-back silhouettes, tactile surfaces, and an artful ensemble— including Richard Alvedon’s iconic portrait of Dovima, primitive pottery, and an African mask— creates an aura of magic in this Brooklyn Heights dining room. Photo courtesy Thomas Loof

Alchemists have existed in every major civilization—along with great artists and artisans— all engaged in an attempt to transform base metals into gold. Similarly, a good designer possesses a knowledge of elements that when amalgamated create magic in an interior.

Two of my favorite elements are fine art and objects.

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ASID New York Metro Chapter

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After a year getting my feet VERY wet as the President-Elect of the New York Metro Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), I took the helm as the new President in October at a beautiful and well-attended party at the new Jonathan Adler showroom on 58th & Third Avenue.

While my involvement with ASID has me taking on a lot of responsibility, the resulting opportunities have been remarkable — up to and including the chance to meet hundreds of new people in the interior design industry.

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My Interview with Carl Dellatore, Editor of ‘Interior Design Master Class’ from Rizzoli

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I first met Carl Dellatore three years ago this month; after having followed his blog for some time I’d asked him to visit with me at my office to talk about the work he was doing around developing content strategies. We’ve been working together ever since.

At the time, in addition to working with designers and vendors on crafting digital presences that advance their brands, Carl expressed a wish to study design formally, but was challenged by how to go back to school at his age. I made the suggestion that he begin with Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses first published in 1897 — still widely regarded as the first book to read when embarking on a career in interior decoration.

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Melvin Dwork – An Honorable Man

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I don’t recall when I first saw the interior design work of Melvin Dwork, it might have been in the 1970’s in Architectural Digest; his work had a big impact on me. I remember it to be current with both minimalist and ‘high-tech’ sensibilities, but it also included select antiques (and even some color) to create spare yet rich environments that were ‘his alone‘. Time and time again I would be drawn to his work…

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