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.
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!)
To stylishly furnish a magnificent living room in a 25 foot wide townhouse built in 1867 for the first Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse we found great enthusiasm and incredible assistance from a number of the New York City art and antique dealers we love and admire – all of whom are on 1stdibs: Berry Campbell, Maison Gerard, Apparatus, Bernd Goeckler, Hostler-Burrows, Karl Kemp, Pascal Boyer, Newel and Dmitriy & Co.
Follow this link to our blog to see the entire room, and to find the links to all the furnishings we curated to create this graciously appointed room.
Or visit the house in person through November 5th.
32 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
SEPTEMBER 29 – NOVEMBER 5
11am-5pm Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays)
Admission $40, includes a journal
BHA Member $35
(You can preview the house by following the link to NYC&G’s online article here.)
THE INAUGURAL BROOKLYN HEIGHTS DESIGNER SHOWHOUSENYC&G is the exclusive media sponsor for the first-ever Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse, which benefits the Brooklyn Heights Association. Sixteen firms, including Glenn Gissler Design, transformed rooms within the 1901 brownstone at 32 Livingston Street with Thom Filicia as the honorary design chair. Preview and opening night party, Wednesday, Sep 27, 6-9 p.m.; showhouse runs Sep 29 through Nov 5. For more information, visit brooklyndesignershowhouse.com.
We have collaborated with 1stdibs to select outstanding contemporary and vintage artwork and furnishings to create a sophisticated environment that respects the architecture while creating a livable room for the 21st century.
We hope that you will come to see our room and the rest of the showhouse in support of the Brooklyn Heights Association. Look forward to seeing you there!
Purchase tickets here.
I was invited to participate in the Fifth Annual ‘Art of the Table’ at the Bilotta Kitchen Showroom at the A&D Building in New York City this year. In the process of working on this project I learned that it is the 30th Anniversary of Bilotta, a family owned and run business; I dug a little deeper and came to find out that my working relationship with Bilotta is just shy of 20 years! All the while working with the same Kitchen Designer – our beloved Paula Greer. This made participating in the event all the more meaningful for me, and for them!
This year’s co-sponsor is Prouna, and we were allowed to select china from any of their patterns: I selected ‘Tapestry’, a richly patterned gold border decoration on white – a very popular combination for classic place settings.
Large sets of china get passed down from one-generation to the next – with the dishes used only once or twice per year — along with sterling flatware. But what I find is that when a table is set exclusively with the ‘good’ china, it can look staid and old fashioned. The solution? Mix it up!
Estate sales, auctions, antique stores and even yard sales can be great places to pick up ‘good’ china that people realize they don’t need or don’t want anymore; mixing up patterns, especially with bold and expressive designs, can bring some life back to the tabletop. And if you collect ‘mountains’ of the stuff, if one or two get broken or chipped along the way, c’est la vie!
I say use what you have if only once a week or even once a month – this way you have included the ‘good china’ and hopefully the dusty flatware into your life.
A typical house in America has separate rooms for the Kitchen, Dining and ‘Living’. But tell me, which room do you spend the most time in, even when you have guests?
I am almost certain your answer will be the kitchen! I think about the kitchen as the real living room – so why does it need to be white, bright with the now ubiquitous stainless steel appliances? I have begun to approach this essential and most used room as the real living room and have taken to ‘un-kitchening’ the kitchen’ by using richer colors for walls and cabinets, including lamp light, artwork, decorative objects and furniture that many people delegate to other rooms.
The “Art of the Table’ event provided me the opportunity to showcase this strategy in creating a relevant kitchen for how we live today.