Interior Design Master Class by Carl Dellatore


This week I learned that my good friend and colleague Carl Dellatore’s eagerly anticipated book, Interior Design Master Class, is officially finished and off to the printer. I’m both grateful and excited to have been part of Carl’s project from its inception, and to be included in the incredibly talented roster of designers who have contributed to the book.

In my capacity as the President elect of the ASID New York Metro Chapter, I have been working with the New York School of Interior Design on an event to celebrate the book. If you’d like to be kept abreast of the event – and of other events being scheduled around the country – you can join the book’s mailing list by following this link.

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And the book is available for pre-order if you’d like to be one of the first to receive a copy.

(cover photography credits clockwise from upper left: James Merrell, Nelson Hancock, Christian Garibaldi, Pieter Estersohn, Eric Piasecki, Steve Freihon)



Creative Collaborations: Designing Signature Product Lines

As some in the design community already know, I’ve been the President elect of the New York Metro Chapter of ASID since October of last year. I’ll become the President later this year in October.

But in the interest of raising the bar on activities within the organization I’ve been working with New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) President, David Sprouls, and his fantastic staff on a lecture series presented at the school. The latest event was held last Wednesday evening, and was titled ‘Creative Collaborations: Designing Signature Product Lines’.

The panel included 3 accomplished interior designers — Barry Goralnick, Alexa Hampton, and Laura Kirar — all of whom have been developing products for a variety of home ‘furnishing categories’ and a variety of manufacturers for years. Also on the panel was Kate Verner who is a creative strategist, brand manager and business expert in the luxury home industry.

I had the great pleasure of moderating the event.  It was very fun and, at some moments, quite funny — and was very well attended both by students of the school as well as many members of the design community.

NYSID videotaped the event, so if you weren’t able to attend I’ve added the entire clip here for your consideration.

ASID New York Metro Chapter News!

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The ASID New York Metro Chapter, which is celebrating its 40th year, had their Annual meeting last Thursday at the chic Grohe Showroom on Fifth Avenue. On the agenda was the passing of guard to the new incoming board and President Robin Baron. I have been involved with the board since early this year, and am happy to announce I now serve as President-Elect on the new board. We were especially thrilled to have Luxe Magazine as our media sponsor, as it continues to have a meteoric rise in the shelter magazine arena.
Robin is a bundle of energy and has ambitious plans for Chapter – much of which is already underway, so keep a lookout for the realizations of her ideas in the coming weeks and months — especially a greatly expanded and comprehensive social media presence and vitality for the chapter.
For my part, I am taking on getting the interior design student community involved with the chapter. I’ll be working to bring  more student members in; my goal is to get the students exposure to the interior design industry leaders through educational trips to their home/studios, such as the recent visit to Laura Bohn’s Loft in the iconic Beaux-arts Bank Building and it’s transformation into residential apartments. There are many more of such excursions planned, stay tuned.
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Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 10.23.19 AMDonovan Mally – Membership Director,  Alex Sobelewski – Director at Large,   Jon Pesce – Financial Director,
Robin Baron – President,  Bonnie Hoecker – Student Representative,  and Glenn Gissler – President-Elect.
Not in Photo: Dionne Gadsden – Professional Development Director, Jennifer Quail – Communications Director
I’m thrilled and honored to be on the board of the ASID New York Metro Chapter, to serve as President Elect, and look forward to working with everyone involved with the organization to move it forward into the 21st century.
I encourage you to ‘like’ our Facebook Page, and to follow us on Twitter to stay abreast of all the exciting initiatives that Robin and I have planned.

NYC&G 2015 Innovation in Design Awards

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We are both grateful and honored to be among the finalists nominated in 2 categories in this years NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards — with the winners being announced at a gala dinner on Wednesday September 16th, at 583 Park Avenue in New York.


Kitchen Design

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Glenn Gissler Design has been recognized in the Kitchen Design Category for this spacious and stylishly functional kitchen within a project we completed on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. (To see the entire project, follow this link.)


Interior Design

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And in the Interior Design category we’ve been recognized for this grand-scaled 11 room apartment in a building designed in 1923 by architect Mott B. Schmidt on Manhattan’s Upper East Side off Park Avenue. (To see this entire project, follow this link.)


No matter the outcome, being recognized as a finalist in 2 categories at this years awards is truly an honor — and we’d like to wish continued success to all our friends and colleagues who were recognized this year. Best of luck to us all!


My Lifelong Relationship With David Adler (included a fling with Frances Elkins)


This is an image from the back of the massive Crane Residence (1927) in Ipswich, Massachusetts; I was once married at this great house.


And this half-mile long allee is the view from the top of Castle Hill on the Crane Estate leading to the Atlantic Ocean.  It was a stunning place to hold a wedding!

The architect was David Adler; this was the most ambitious project he ever created – some 59 rooms on 2100 acres — on the Atlantic Ocean.

Over time I have come to learn that I have had a curious but lifelong ‘relationship’ with Adler, even though for over half my life I had no idea who he was, or why he would matter to me.

Recently I had lunch with author Stephen Salny who is an expert on both David Adler, and Adler’s sister the decorator Frances Elkins…..the plot thickened….