Duplex Apartment – Brooklyn Heights
This brownstone duplex – Glenn Gissler’s own — in the heart of historic Brooklyn Heights, represents a fine distillation of the designer’s development over the past three decades. The tailored, masculine sensibility of these rooms is expressed through unabashedly dark colors–camel, chocolate brown, and green-black–which create a subdued yet rich background for Glenn’s collection of art, furniture and objects, grouped in tableaux which he regularly rearranges.
As a collector of Arts & Crafts and Aesthetic Movement furniture, both American and British, he free reign in this apartment to incorporate seminal examples of such design. Thus a Liberty & Co. “Thebes” stool has pride of place beside a very contemporary settee, upholstered in a chocolate and cinnamon woven stripe. Christopher Dresser ceramics, contemporary drawings and other works on paper, including distinctive “outsider art” harmonize with curtains patterned like African fabric and a rich selection of natural yet polished materials–dark green granite, exotic hardwoods, and burnished metals.